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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

Hawkeye wrestlers bring ‘bad attitude’ in a good way

IOWA CITY — Iowa heavyweight wrestler Bobby Telford says this year’s team has developed a bad attitude.

And that’s a good thing for the No. 1 team in the country.

“Everyone talks about the last couple [...]

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Iowa State tops CMU, 30-3

Iowa State improved to 3-0 this season with a lopsided win over Central Michigan University.

The Cyclones won nine of 10 matches, including three with bonus points, to drop CMU, 30-3, Thursday night at Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Third-ranked [...]

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Grothus fighting to retain 149-pound spot

IOWA CITY — Brody Grothus entered the season with something to prove.

With competition and depth at 149 pounds, he was determined to he was the best in the University of Iowa room, and the country, for that spot. Grothus staked an ear [...]

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Coe beats Central

PELLA — Fifth-ranked Coe opened its dual schedule with a win.

Heavyweight Kirk Owens recorded a fall in the final match to secure a 23-16 victory over Central on Thursday night at Kuyper Gym.

Former Cedar Rapids Kennedy prep Luk [...]

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Podcast: 'Pinning Combination' talks start of college wrestling

CEDAR RAPIDS -- In this edition of the 'Pinning Combination' podcast, The Gazette's K.J. Pilcher and The Predicament's Wyatt Schultz talk about the start of the college wrestling season. They break down Iowa's performance in the Luther Open, and p [...]

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Iowa wrestlers get back into competitive routine

The University of Iowa did what was expected to start the season.

So, what did Hawkeyes Coach Tom Brands take away from the first official competition?

“The normal things,” Brands said at the team’s weekly media av [...]

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Iowa looking for lineup answers at Luther Open

The University of Iowa should have some answers to lineup questions after this weekend.

Those Hawkeyes vying for starting spots will have the chance to the forefront in competition.

Top-ranked Iowa officially open the varsity se [...]

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Iowa remains atop NWCA rankings


The University of Iowa remained the top-ranked wrestling team in the country.

The Hawkeyes received five first-place votes and are first in the latest USAToday/National Wrestling Coaches Association NCAA Division I Coaches poll, [...]

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UNI looks to keep building on recent accomplishments

CEDAR FALLS — University of Northern Iowa Coach Doug Schwab has constructed a competitive wrestling program.

The Panthers finished 15th at the NCAA Championships for the second straight year and produced the only undefeated dua [...]

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Single-dual tickets available for Iowa wrestling

The University of Iowa has single-dual tickets available through its athletic ticket office.

The home schedule opens Nov. 21 with the Iowa City Duals, including Baker (Mo.), Iowa Central and Cornell College. The Hawkeyes, who were co-Big Ten [...]

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