On the Mats by KJ Pilcher

Bryce and Will Esmoil contribute together for West Liberty

IOWA CITY - Bryce Esmoil started wrestling about the time his younger brother, Will, was born.The duo has shared a love for the sport ever since and f ...

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Iowa wrestling notes: All-American Cory Clark out for Iowa State dual

IOWA CITY - Cory Clark is not wrestling and will miss his second straight dual. Phil Laux will step in at 133 pounds for the three-time All-American ...

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Gazette Player of the Year: Iowa City West's Oliver Martin

IOWA CITY - Oliver Martin began swimming when he was a 6-year-old. He had immediate success against the state's top swimmers in his age group. A year ...

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Alburnett's Jaymus Wilson wins title at Independence Invitational

INDEPENDENCE - Wrestling is more than just a sport for Jaymus Wilson. The Alburnett sophomore views it as a lifestyle that he began about the age of ...

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Chase McLaughlin takes care of business for Lisbon

LISBON - Chase McLaughlin has some business to tend to for his senior season. Lisbon's returning state runner-up would possess the same attitude, if ...

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Iowa's Alex Meyer grinds out success

IOWA CITY - Alex Meyer knows his strengths. Iowa Coach Tom Brands understands when his senior 174-pounder is at his best. After all, toughness and a ...

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Independence prepares to host two-day wrestling tournament

INDEPENDENCE - Independence has hosted an entertaining and competitive first weekend of the wrestling season.As good as those tournaments have been, t ...

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Iowa wrestling expects hostile environment at South Dakota State

The buzz is starting to get a little louder for Iowa's dual against South Dakota State. So, it's understandable that Hawkeyes Coach Tom Brands expect ...

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Jack Cochrane records two pins to help Mount Vernon sweep opening duals

MOUNT VERNON - Mount Vernon's Jack Cochrane was catching passes and tackles just 17 days ago in the Class 2A state football semifinals. The first-tea ...

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Iowa Hawkeyes start Big Ten wrestling season at Purdue

Iowa begins a busy stretch of its early schedule. The competition is expected to be a little tougher. The third-ranked Hawkeyes open Big Ten action ...

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Bryce and Drew West attempt to close prep career with state titles

SOLON - Bryce and Drew West entered high school with the goal to be four-time state wrestling champions together. The twin brothers have been regular ...

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2016-17 Prep wrestling: Wrestlers to watch

Nelson Brands, Iowa City West, jr., 152, Class 3A state champion at 138 pounds, going 54-3, two-time Mississippi Valley Conference champion and confer ...

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2016-17 Prep wrestling: Key dates

Nov. 14 - First official day of practice. Nov. 28 - First date for competition. Jan. 28 - Conference tournaments: MVC at Waterloo West; Wamac at Wil ...

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2016-17 Prep wrestling: Teams to Watch

ALBURNETT - The Pirates have consistently been a top-three team in Class 1A and this year promises more of the same. Alburnett swept state traditional ...

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All-state football: Mount Vernon's Tristan Wirfs worked hard to be one of the best

Tristan Wirfs has always been big and has used that to his advantage on the football field. Mount Vernon's 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman realized he ne ...

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