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State wrestling: We asked all the returning state champions what songs they listened to before their matches

Cody Goodwin
Des Moines Register

The state champions playlist is back by popular demand.

Among the many things seen in and around Wells Fargo Arena during the week of the state wrestling championships are the many types of headphones worn by wrestlers. Most, though not all, listen to music before their matches.

Some listen to help raise their energy levels. Others listen to calm down.

This week, we asked the 20 returning state champs if they had a go-to song they listen to before matches. A variety of artists came back: Sir Mix-A-Lot, Lil Baby, Eminem, Kygo, George Strait, All Time Low, J. Cole, Jack Harlow and many more.

We've compiled those songs into a list here for you, the "2020 State Champions Pre-Match Playlist." There's a Spotify playlist at the bottom if you'd like to listen to the same music champions do.

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Adam Ahrendsen, sr., Union: "Swap Meet Louie," Sir Mix-A-Lot

Robert Avila Jr., jr., Lisbon: "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen

Drake Ayala, sr., Fort Dodge: "Life," Lil Baby

Ryder Block, soph., Waverly-Shell Rock: "23," Mike WiLL Made-It, feat. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J

Chet Buss, jr., North Butler-Clarksville: "Glass Shatters," Black Time

Carter Fousek, jr., Crestwood: "Element," Pop Smoke

Graham Gambrall, sr., Iowa City West: "Unaccommodating," Eminem

Hunter Garvin, jr., Iowa City West: "Higher Love," Kygo

Mickey Griffith, jr., Des Moines Lincoln: "Loud and Heavy," Cody Jinks

Ben Kueter, soph., Iowa City High: "The Champ Is Here," O Fresh

Matthew Lewis, sr., Centerville: "Monsters," All Time Low, feat. blackbear

Griffin Liddle, sr., Bettendorf: "Whiskey Glasses," Morgan Wallen

Marcel Lopez, jr., New London: "No Role Modelz," J. Cole

Aidan Noonan, sr., Cascade: "Good Feeling," Flo Rida

Brandon Paez, soph., Lisbon: "It Was A Good Day," or "You Know How We Do It," Ice Cube

Camron Phetxoumphone, jr., Webster City: "Back In Blood," Pooh Shiesty, feat. Lil Durk

Gable Porter, soph., Underwood: "Big Poppa," The Notorious B.I.G.

Caleb Rathjen, sr., Ankeny: "Way Out," Jack Harlow, feat. Big Sean

Bailey Roybal, sr., Waverly-Shell Rock: "HandClap," Fitz and The Tantrums

Hayden Taylor, jr., Solon: "Check Yes Or No," George Strait, or "Beer for My Horses," Toby Keith, feat. Willie Nelson

You can listen to these songs through Spotify below:

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.