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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.





Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Sam Uthoff ready for postseason push

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Prairie's Sam Uthoff has seen the picture of his father, Vince Uthoff, in the Hawks' wrestling room.

He would like to cap his career by earning a photo to go on that wall with his dad, who won the 126-pound state ... »

Hard work pays dividends for Linn-Mar’s Shea Hartzler

CEDAR RAPIDS - Linn-Mar's Shea Hartzler has devoted the time.

The second-ranked 160-pound senior worked extra during weekends, spent time after practice and even trained with additional coaches.

Hartzler was motivated by the expected ... »

Iowa wrestling heads to Montana State Northern

IOWA CITY - University of Iowa is heading to Big Sky country.

The rare road trip is a chance to display the Hawkeyes' talent to a group of fans in a different part of the country, highlighting college wrestling at the same time.

"We look ... »

Clinton wrestlers pin down State Duals berth with 44-26 win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS - Clinton Coach J.D. Lueders has witnessed his wrestlers' knack for pins.

In a dual that was expected to be decided on bonus points, the River Kings continued that trend.

Clinton won nine bouts, including five by fall, to de ... »

Independence returns to State Duals with goals set high

INDEPENDENCE - Four years ago, Nicholas Holt and Matt McMillan were junior high basketball players.

Holt was a point guard and McMillan a post player. They wrestled as well and had to make a decision between the winter sports in high school.

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Cedar Rapids wrestling programs vie for State Duals berths

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids has a storied wrestling tradition.

Three programs have a chance to pen another chapter.

Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Cedar Rapids Prairie will compete in Class 3A regional duals Wednesday, ... »

Williamsburg wrestling, powered by hard work, reaches regional dual

WILLIAMSBURG - Hard hats and blue collars are not standard wrestling equipment.

Williamsburg, however, has used them to produce a strong dual campaign.

"We don't have that superstar," Raiders Coach Grant Eckenrod said. "We just have a bu ... »

Lisbon's Nick Williams overcomes past adversity, claims sectional title

LISBON - Lisbon's Nick Williams has experienced a few bumps in the road this season.

He has endured the rough patches and intends for the path to lead back to the top of the state podium.

Williams took the first step back to state, captu ... »

Hall’s fall lifts Iowa State over UNI

CEDAR FALLS - Iowa State's Earl Hall has a flair for big moves.

The senior 133-pounder delivered for the Cyclones and provided the difference in a heated dual against Northern Iowa.

Eighth-ranked Hall pinned No. 15 Josh Alber, lifting 16 ... »

Jefferson claims MVC Valley Division title with statement victory

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Jefferson had plenty of motivation entering its regular season finale.

The J-Hawks were looking for a third straight Mississippi Valley Conference divisional crown, they were honoring their senior class and they felt ... »

Alli Ragan reigns at Carver-Hawkeye wrestle-offs
IOWA CITY - Alli Ragan had her head wrapped like Dan Gable and wore Tony Ramos' head gear. Both of them made a habit of winning at Carver-Hawkeye Are ... »
Grothus return highlights Iowa win
IOWA CITY - As Eminem's recording of "Without Me" echoed "Guess who's back" throughout Carver-Hawkeye Arena, senior Brody Grothus emerged from the tun ... »