On the Mats by KJ Pilcher

Preparation pays dividends for Cornell’s Hamm

DUBUQUE — One hundred takedowns.

Cornell’s Brent Hamm finished each practice the past week, drilling 100 takedowns and p ... »

Harrington fits in with Kohawks

CEDAR RAPIDS — A former club coach planted the seed in Ryan Harrington’s head.

As a result, Harrington’s college wrestli ... »

Agon brings wrestling talent to Cedar Rapids

Agon Wrestling Championship Series is coming to Cedar Rapids.

The mission to create a sustainable professional amateur wrestling organization ... »

Dubuque Hempstead wrestler fights into State Tourney after loss of brother

This video (click on the tab next to the photo tab to access) was submitted by Chase Lynn, a University of Missouri student who has also wrestled. ... »

Axmear and Grimm placed third for English Valleys

DES MOINES — The strides by English Valleys were evident when Brennen Grimm turned to the Bears' excited cheering section.

When the s ... »

Wenger rules at 138: 3A Iowa Prep Wrestling Finals

DES MOINES — Cedar Rapids Prairie's Josh Wenger was missing one thing from his resume.

In his last prep match, he made it complete. ... »

North-Linn’s LeClere, Linn-Mar’s Borschel inducted into Hall of Fame

As four-time state champions from 2002-05, Daniel LeClere and Jay Borschel each left an indelible mark on the North-Linn and Linn-Mar wrestling pro ... »

North Fayette Valley post best team finish

DES MOINES — Going 1-3 in the first round of the Class 2A state wrestling tournament certainly wasn't the outcome North Fayette Valley coach ... »

Xavier's Lembeck rolls to third-place finish

DES MOINES — Irony defined Clint Lembeck's experience.

The best thing that happened was his worst match of the week.

Lembeck ... »

Upset special: Alburnett’s Hoyle beats third rank foe to reach final

DES MOINES — The start of the season brought dreams of a state championship.

The end of the season delivered the possibility of ... »

2A Iowa State Wrestling Tournament: CPU’s Rathbun earns third-straight title berth after a nail-biter

DES MOINES — Shades of the state finals two years ago crept in Brock Rathbun's head as he was taken down to the mat.

The 120-pound ju ... »

Brands: Biggest prize still awaits for top-ranked Hawkeyes as national duals loom

IOWA CITY — Tom Brands knows the biggest prize for his top-ranked wrestling team still is a month away.

But that doesn’t mean t ... »

Wrestling Notebook: Talking with the TrackWrestling guy; Injured Creston wrestler improves

DES MOINES — Mark Kenny scans each item on his checklist, making sure he doesn't skip any steps. Organizing the technology at the state wrest ... »

3A State Wrestling Tourney: Two Prairie Hawks take different routes to finals

DES MOINES — Different roads led to the same destination.

Cedar Rapids Prairie's Josh Wenger made his fourth state tournament, attemp ... »

2A Iowa State Wrestling tournament: Thomsen leads trio from Union into semifinals

DES MOINES – Union Community advanced three to the semifinals and Max Thomsen's quest for a fourth state title continues.

The Knights ... »

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