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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.

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Fan voting open until Friday for 2017 Hodge Trophy

For the fourth year, wrestling fans have the chance to help select the 2017 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy winner. The Hodge Trophy has been awarded to the nation's most dominant college wrestler since 1994. The honor is named after the Uni ... »

5 memorable Northern Iowa moments at 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships

Top five moments for UNI wrestlers and former Iowa preps at this year's NCAA Wrestling Championships:

 

5. Jack Hathaway opens with big pin

Former Iowa City West state champion showed how he finished with 137 career prep pins. ... »

5 memorable Iowa Hawkeyes moments from 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships

My top 5 Iowa NCAA moments:

 

 

5. Alex Meyer upsets Lehigh's No. 6 Ryan Preisch

Gutsy performance and what "The Grinder" was certainly capable of doing in his All-American career. Meyer had a chance to win but Preisch ... »

Iowa will have to replace valuable seniors next season

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Iowa wrestling has won 23 NCAA team titles.

The Hawkeyes haven't added to that total in the last seven seasons. With defending champion Penn State returning a loaded lineup and Iowa graduating a strong group of seniors, the tota ... »

Iowa’s Cory Clark captures elusive NCAA crown

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Cory Clark tortured himself at the end of the last two seasons, retreating to his basement with his headphones blaring to try and drown out thoughts of disappointment falling a win shy of his ultimate goal.

Clark might slip on t ... »

Iowa’s Thomas Gilman shows maturity to rebound for third-place finish

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Thomas Gilman wasn't enthused with a bronze medal.

The way he earned it proved more to the University of Iowa senior 125-pounder than the actual finish.

"Bronze medal," Gilman said. "Whoop-de-do. The bigger deal for me i ... »

Iowa's Cory Clark returns to NCAA wrestling finals

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - On a day that started with promise that fizzled by its conclusion, Cory Clark provided a positive for the Iowa wrestling team.

The senior 133-pounder will hope to add one more by the end of Saturday night.

Clark scored t ... »

Kevin Dresser ready to work to restore Iowa State wrestling tradition

 

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Kevin Dresser huddled with the masses to enter the arena.

He had to arrange for a pass to meet with media in the corridors he's roamed the last decade as a coach at Virginia Tech.

Dresser was cheering on the Ho ... »

Iowa moves forward after strong start at NCAA wrestling

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Iowa Coach Tom Brands wasted little time turning his attention to the second day.

He is not one to dwell on the past and he was ready to move on to the tests ahead of his Hawkeyes instead of focusing on the ones they already pas ... »

UNI's Josh Alber opens NCAA tournament with pin

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Advantage Josh Alber.

The Northern Iowa 133-pounder is competing with relatives, trying to get the most pins from a high-profile move called a "cement mixer," rolling an opponent to their back from a front headlock position.

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Kevin Dresser ready to work to restore Iowa State wrestling tradition
  ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Kevin Dresser huddled with the masses to enter the arena. He had to arrange for a pass to meet with media in the corridors he's r ... »
Iowa's Cory Clark returns to NCAA wrestling finals
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - On a day that started with promise that fizzled by its conclusion, Cory Clark provided a positive for the Iowa wrestling team. The s ... »
Iowa moves forward after strong start at NCAA wrestling
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Iowa Coach Tom Brands wasted little time turning his attention to the second day. He is not one to dwell on the past and he was read ... »
Xavier’s Josh Gerke takes tough road to third at state wrestling
DES MOINES - Josh Gerke wrestled his final match and walked to the corner. For the final time, he was met by Cedar Rapids Xavier Coach Ryan Chambers ... »
Marion's Conway brothers reach state quarterfinals
DES MOINES - Form a young age, Marion's Caleb and Colin Conway trained in their own basement. Like many young athletes, they pretended those scraps w ... »