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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

Nine Hawkeyes ranked in TOM preseason poll

Practice has begun for NCAA Division I wrestling programs. The ranking of this year’s individual field has started as well.

Theopenmat.com released its preseason individual rankings Wednesday. The University of Iowa has nine of 10 sta [...]

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Independence’s Straw commits to ISU

Chase Straw already has a sister on the Iowa State campus.

The Independence senior has adopted a few more brothers.

Straw confirmed he verbally committed to wrestle for Iowa State Coach Kevin Jackson and the Cyclones next year.

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Borschel, LeClere entering IHSAA Wrestling Hall of Fame

Jay Borschel and Dan LeClere shared the spotlight, winning their fourth state title in the same year.

It’s only fitting that the former University of Iowa teammates make their way into another exclusive list together.

Borschel a [...]

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Cornell’s Dean, ODU’s Dechow meet in all-star dual

The National Wrestling Coaches Association announced Tuesday the wrestlers for the 184-pound matchup of the NWCA All-Star Classic.

Cornell’s Gabe Dean and Jack Dechow, of Old Dominion, will competed in the annual exhibition event Nov. [...]

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The Good and The Bad of Iowa’s wrestling schedule

The University of Iowa wrestling schedule has been out for some time now. I was discussing some of the duals with The Gazette’s Scott Dochterman. I decided to offer my take on the “Good,” “Bad” and Ugly” o [...]

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NWCA makes first announcement for All-Star Classic

The National Wrestling Coaches Association made its first announcement Tuesday about the lineups of the 2014 NWCA All-Star Classic.

Lehigh’s Mason Beckman and Edinboro’s A.J. Schopp will wrestle at 133 pounds in the 49th annual [...]

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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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