North Central Junior High Wrestling Program
Andy Bell, Head Coach
Head Coach Andy Bell leads the North Central Junior High Wrestling Team. This program is the bridge between the Liberty Lightning Wrestling Club for youth athletes and the Liberty High School Wrestling Program.
Coach Bell attended Columbus Community High School in Columbus Junction Iowa, where he was a three sport athlete competing in football, wrestling and baseball. He graduated from Cornell College with a degree in Physical Education. He has been teaching Junior High Physical Education and coaching both football and wrestling for 17 years in the Iowa City Community School District. His family includes wife, Becky, sons Austin (12), Ty (10) and daughter Maddy (6).
Ben Gast, Assistant Coach
Ben Gast will be starting his third season on the for the North Central Knights Wrestling Team. Prior to this position, Ben was an assistant coach at Iowa City West High School for 15 seasons.
Ben was born and raised in Osage, Iowa, graduating from Osage High School. He participated in football, wrestling, track and baseball while in high school. Ben was one-time state qualifier in wrestling and was part of two state championship dual teams while at Osage. Coach Gast went on to wrestle in college for 2 years at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He is currently a business education teacher at Iowa City Liberty High School. Ben's family includes wife Kristina and sons Ethan and Colby.