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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.

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First installment of IWCOA dual rankings

The Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association has released its first set of dual rankings this season.

Southeast Polk (Class 3A), Davenport Assumption (2A) and Alburnett (1A) are top-ranked, according to the polls released Thursday. continue »


Third-ranked Jefferson topples No. 4 Prairie

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Jefferson co-head coach Matt Orton didn’t sleep much last night.

On the eve of a dual against a heated rival, his mind raced with strategy and different scenarios they could face. He should get a lit [...]

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Seniors lead strong Union lineup

Union Community Coach Pat Hogan recognized the Knights had a special class three years ago.

The Knights are proving their longtime coach has an eye for talent.

Union has climbed into national rankings with impressive early-season perfo [...]

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UNI heads to Grapple in the Garden

Independence and New York City don’t share a lot of commonalities.

University of Northern Iowa heavyweight and former Mustangs prep Blaize Cabell will have the chance to compare wrestling in both places.

Cabell and his Panthers [...]

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Lennie Zalesky builds California Baptist wrestling program

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Wrestling is a major sport in Iowa and a handful of other states.

One person who would like to see that grow is former Cedar Rapids Prairie and University of Iowa standout Lennie Zalesky, now in his fourth y [...]

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Bettendorf edges Prairie for Five Seasons Duals crown

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Prairie made a statement, but just missed adding the exclamation mark at the end.

The Hawks message was very clear, and that is they can contend with some of the best teams in the region.

Prairie earn [...]

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Wrestling is Rohweder’s passion

IOWA CITY — Iowa City West’s Tanner Rohweder is obsessed with wrestling.

The three-time state medalist entertains the thought of winning a state title and continuing his career into college. Those goals make his mind race with [...]

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USA Wrestling Coach Bill Zadick visits HWC

IOWA CITY — Former University of Iowa national champion and two-time All-American Bill Zadick returned to the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex this week.

He was here for business and not a stroll down memory lane.

Zadick arrived late [...]

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Prairie’s Wenger passes early test

Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Josh Wenger considered it a good start.

He received exactly what he wanted, wrestling strong competitors in close matches.

The Hawks senior claimed the 138-pound title Saturday at the Independence Invitati [...]

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Iowa remains No. 1 with nine ranked individuals

The University of Iowa remained atop the national rankings.

The Hawkeyes are perched in first place of the National Wrestling Coaches Association NCAA Division I poll, receiving eight of 12 first-place votes, that were released Tuesday. Minn [...]

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