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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.





Four Downs with The Gazette: Prep football Week 5
1st & 10

Q: Through two weeks of the district season, has anything been decided in Class 2A District 4?

JL: Along with 3A-7, this is the deepest district in the state, in any class. It's a district in which multiple hi ... »

Kennedy refocuses at halftime, blows out Jefferson

CEDAR RAPIDS - From battle to blowout.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy used an eight-minute stretch that sandwiched halftime to turn a one-possession game to one with a continuous clock.

The Cougars produced points from a clock-melting drive before ... »

Iowa City West heats up in 4th quarter to defeat Cedar Falls

IOWA CITY - This wasn't the same Iowa City West team from the last two weeks.

You know, the team that tallied 930 total yards and scored more than 36 points a game. The good thing is it wasn't the same team that allowed 22 points apiece to foes. ... »

Iowa City West produces strong start to prep football season

IOWA CITY - The results are not a surprise but they do make Iowa City West Coach Garrett Hartwig happy.

The Trojans opened the season unranked and maybe a bit of a question mark to those outside the program. All they have done is post a 2-0 star ... »

Cedar Rapids Xavier continues strong turnaround with Warrior Invite title

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Xavier celebrated and urged head coach Austin Filer to join a postgame photo.

When players and parents chanted his name, it fell on deaf ears and failed to persuade him. Instead he offered a quick word of advice to th ... »

Cedar Rapids Washington focused on victory more than revenge against Cedar Rapids Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS - The stakes are high enough.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy is searching for its first victory.

Cedar Rapids Washington is attempting a 2-0 start. The Warriors aren't consumed with a little revenge for their only two setbacks last se ... »

Iowa wrestling receives commitment from Pennsylvania state champ Max Murin

From the time Max Murin began watching college wrestling, he has been enamored with the University of Iowa.

He liked the style of wrestlers like Brent Metcalf and then Tony Ramos. Murin will have a chance to live out his dream of being a Hawkeye ... »

Week 1 promises many marquee matchups

Battles between highly-ranked teams? Yes.

Regional rivals? Of course.

Programs fighting over a traveling trophy and novelty games? You bet.

The first full week of the prep football season has a little of everything for fans.

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Kennedy opens with tough test, hosting Muscatine

CEDAR RAPIDS - Consider the preseason as a long cram sessions for Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

The work up until this point has been preparation for a very tough test to start the regular season.

The Class 4A fifth-ranked Cougars are come of ... »

Andrew Joseph thrives on the field and in the classroom for Cornell

MOUNT VERNON - No one is going to mistake Heritage Days with Mardi Gras.

In fact, you may not find more different locales than Mount Vernon and New Orleans, La.

The one common thread is that Cornell College's defensive lineman Andrew Jos ... »

Iowa moves into third with four semifinalists at NCAA Wrestling Championships
NEW YORK - Iowa made a modest climb in the team standings and advanced four to the semifinals at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The Haw ... »
Iowa wrestling trio advance to national finals
NEW YORK - Two years ago, Thomas Gilman and Cory Clark were battling with each other for the top spot in Iowa's starting lineup. Now, they both will ... »