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K.J. Pilcher
K.J. Pilcher is a reporter for SourceMedia Group, and he covers prep sports and college wrestling, among other things. His wrestling podcast, called the "Pinning Combination" is available here at TheGazette.com and also on iTunes.

Blog Posts

Ramos drops World Championships opener

Former University of Iowa NCAA champion Tony Ramos lost his opening match of the 2014 FILA Men’s Freestyle World Championships early Monday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Ramos represented the U.S. at 125 1/2 pounds and fell to Mongolia [...]

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Ramos and Metcalf set to take on the world

Tony Ramos has always backed his attitude with his actions.

The former University of Iowa three-time All-American and NCAA champion has some work ahead to match his current expectations against the best in the world. He wants to send an addi [...]

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Iowa tied for second in WIN’s preseason rankings

Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine has released its 2014-15 preseason NCAA Division I team and individual rankings.

The University of Iowa is tied with Cornell for second, four points back of the University of Minnesota in the opening installmen [...]

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Brands named as World Team coach

The University of Iowa wrestling program already was well represented on this year’s USA Wrestling’s World Team.

Former Hawkeye NCAA champions Brent Metcalf and Tony Ramos earned a spot on the team and now they will be joined b [...]

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McDonough third at University World Championships

Matt McDonough has a new achievement to add to his medalist.

The former University of Iowa NCAA champion and Linn-Mar state titlist is now a World medalist.

McDonough recorded a 12-2 technical fall over Ukraine's Petro Bileichuk, f [...]

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St. John joins NDSU wrestling staff

Derek St. John built a wrestling career on taking on all challenges.

The former University of Iowa national champion and the Hawkeyes' 18th four-time All-American will face a new one.

North Dakota State University announced Monday [...]

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Jefferson’s Baker joins local team for international dual

Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Brenden Baker entertains a chance to wrestle international.

So, he embraced the chance when it was presented.

Baker will be one of a select group of wrestlers to face the FILA Cadet Canadian Team on Thur [...]

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McDonough challenges for World University Team spot

Matt McDonough knows how special it is to represent the United States in a World-level event.

The 2010 U.S. Junior World Team and current U.S. Senior National Team member is determined to earn another chance to compete on that stage.

S [...]

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Metcalf retains spot on World Team

MADISON, Wis. — Brent Metcalf is ready to take on the world — again.

He seems poised to take care of some unfinished business.

Metcalf will attempt to win his first World Championship title, claiming the 143-pound spot [...]

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Podcast: 'Pinning Combination' from Day 2 of the World Team Trials

MADISON, Wisc. -- The 'Pinning Combination' returns for a second day of World Team Trials action. The Gazette's K.J. Pilcher and contributor Jeff Voss discuss the second day of the 2014 U.S. Freestyle World Team Trials at Alliant Energy Center. Aw [...]

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