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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.





Iowa rides tough, closes strong to thump Iowa State

AMES - The final two minutes of the opening match told the tale, set the tone or whatever sports cliche you want to insert.

In a battle between All-Americans, University of Iowa's Cory Clark overcame and early deficit and turned Earl Hall t ... »

Wrestling connects Clark and Meyer

IOWA CITY - Cory Clark and Alex Meyer aren't cut from the same cloth, but they share one common thread.

Wrestling has tied them together since they were first-graders in the Little Rams wrestling club that feeds the Southeast Polk program. ... »

Relaxed and healthy Burak starts strong

IOWA CITY - Nathan Burak paced in the tunnel and slightly drilled moves from his feet.

As important as his physical preparation, it may not be as critical to his success as the mental routine. After all, a loose Burak is the best Burak.

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Cooper looks to capitalize on last chance

IOWA CITY - Edwin Cooper owns a distinguished resume.

He is a national champion and an NCAA runner-up, but those accomplishments came at a different level.

After success at Iowa Central Community College and Upper Iowa University, Cooper ... »

Iowa looks to solidify lineup

IOWA CITY - Question marks in the University of Iowa wrestling lineup could have answers.

Plenty of options remain and even more work needs to be done before the second-ranked Hawkeyes solidify starting positions at 141, 157 and 165 pounds. ... »

Hawkeyes move to second in latest coaches poll

The University of Iowa received a boost from its season-opening victory.

The Hawkeyes jumped two spots and are second in the recent USA Today/National Wrestling Coaches Association NCAA Division I dual rankings that were released Tuesday.

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Brooks collects another weekly honor

Sammy Brooks made an impression and received another honor with his first win of the season.

The University of Iowa junior was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday. The 184-pounder recorded a 17-2 technical fall over Jordan Rogers, ... »

Brooks earns USA Wrestling honor

The hot start for University of Iowa junior Sammy Brooks has garnered a national honor.

USA Wrestling announced Monday that Brooks was named the organization's Athlete of the Week.

Brooks scored a crucial technical fall over Jordan Roger ... »

Brooks sparks Iowa, record crowd in win over Oklahoma State

IOWA CITY - The moment and the atmosphere consumed Sam Brooks.

The University of Iowa 184-pounder couldn't resist demonstrating his excitement, flashing his guns to an ignited record-setting crowd.

"I try to think that I'm not one to cel ... »

Hawkeyes ‘on a mission’ for Grapple on Gridiron

IOWA CITY - The hype has concluded and the stage set.

The wait is over and the only thing left is for the nation's two most successful college wrestling programs to entertain a record-setting crowd.

Fourth-ranked Iowa and No. 1 Oklaho ... »

Ramos wins two matches before stumbling at World Championships

LAS VEGAS - Tony Ramos received a second chance.

As much as he tried to take advantage of it, he couldn't parlay it into a medal-winning perf ... »

Wrestling looks to continue progress

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The sport of wrestling has made progress since it was placed on the chopping block for the Olympic Games.

Changes to ... »

Metcalf and Pico set to collide at Agon V

CEDAR RAPIDS - Brent Metcalf and Aaron Pico stood face-to-face and glared eye-to-eye.

Metcalf may have seen a little bit of himself fr ... »