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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.





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 he had already reached the top of the podium.

"There's always unfinished business," McLa ... »

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 relentless motor have worn down opponents for 70 career victories and an All-American finish las ... »

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, they will pale in comparison to what is planned and what it could produce in the future.

Th ... »

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-team all-state linebacker made the quick switch to getting pins and takedowns.

Cochrane had ... »

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 expects a "beehive" type atmosphere for their matchup.

"I said we weren't looking ahead past P ... »

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 Sunday against Purdue, traveling to Holloway Gymnasium in West Lafayette, Ind., beginning ... »

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 Williamsburg; Tri-Rivers at North-Linn; NEIC at Waukon; River Valley at Northeast.

F ... »

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 and duals titles. The Pirates return the most points from last year's field, includin ... »

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 conference super meet Outstanding Wrestler.

Jared Brinkman, Iowa City Regina, sr., Hwt., won Class 1A ... »

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 regulars on the state podium the last three years with Drew winning a state crown as a freshman and Bry ... »