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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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Tony Ramos announces move to North Carolina

After the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, Tony Ramos stunned wrestling followers when he expressed his recent unhappiness with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

The former NCAA champion and three-time All-American for the University of Iowa ... »

Iowa receives commitments from highly-ranked Pennsylvania preps

IOWA CITY - Iowa wrestling received a boost to future recruiting classes.

Undefeated Pennsylvania state champions Spencer Lee and Gavin Teasdale announced via social media that they have committed to continue their wrestling careers at Iowa. Acc ... »

Cedar Rapids falls behind early and drops 11-5 contest to Clinton

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Kernels Manager Jake Mauer has a dark head of hair.

He would like to keep it that way. Too many games like Friday night, however, and that could change to a lighter shade.

The Kernels fell into an early hol ... »

Emotional news conferences follow U.S. Olympic Trials

IOWA CITY - Tony Ramos said he felt like was stabbed in the back.

Iowa Coach Tom Brands said he was ambushed.

What occurred was a surprising, confusing and emotional war of words that left Ramos contemplating his future with the Hawkeye ... »

Hawkeyes celebrate Olympian at the expense of one of their own

IOWA CITY - The night was supposed to be cause for celebration.

And, for a faction of University of Iowa wrestling they had good reason.

The Hawkeyes added another Olympian to their storied listed of accomplished alumni. The unfortunate ... »

Olympic Trials a learning experience for Cabell

IOWA CITY - Blaize Cabell walked away with mixed emotions.

Northern Iowa's three-time NCAA qualifier was discouraged with the outcome, but remained encouraged to improve for his crack at the country's best freestyle wrestlers.

Cabell dro ... »

Brent Metcalf suffers loss in crazy 143-pound bracket

IOWA CITY - Brent Metcalf was left searching for answers.

He wasn't sure why his performance wasn't reflective of the dominance that put him on three straight U.S. World Championships team and what the future holds in his freestyle career.

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Spenser Mango caps stellar Greco-Roman career in front of Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd

IOWA CITY - Spenser Mango has been a constant on the country's Greco-Roman wrestling team.

Even he saw the end was near, but he didn't think it was going to be quite this soon.

Mango participated in one of wrestling's emotional and lasti ... »

Hawkeye Wrestling Club's Brent Metcalf denied Olympic team berth

IOWA CITY - Former University of Iowa two-time NCAA champion and Hawkeye Wrestling Club member Brent Metcalf was denied an Olympic Team spot again.

Metcalf, the top seed at 149 pounds in men's freestyle, went 0-2 at the USA Wrestling Olympic Tea ... »

Wrestling promises better product than last Olympic Trials in Iowa City

IOWA CITY - A record number of wrestling fans filed into Carver-Hawkeye Arena and watched the nation's top competitors attempt to make the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. More than 54,000, actually.

The sport was a little different then. The rules, scor ... »

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 ... »
Iowa's Cory Clark and Sammy Brooks join Hawkeyes champion list
IOWA CITY - Two new additions will need to be made to a wall in University of Iowa's Dan Gable Wrestling Complex. Cory Clark and Sammy Brooks will se ... »