On The Mats

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.





Steiner brings Team USA to Iowa City

IOWA CITY - Terry Steiner had numerous reasons why he wanted to return to Iowa City.

The training.

The tradition.

The venue.

The appreciation for anyone willing to lace up shoes and step on the mat.

They were all ... »

Pinning Combination Podcast: Fort Dodge's Bobby Thompson, USA Wrestling's Terry Steiner

On this edition of the Pinning Combination podcast, Bobby Thompson joins us to talk about the success of his top-ranked Fort Dodge team, how the wrestlers have bonded and what it will take to end the season on top.

Also guesting is former Iowa n ... »

Alburnett's Shulista and Paul claim J-Hawk titles

CEDAR RAPIDS - At the heart of Alburnett's potent lineup are Biscuit and Whipover.

One had a healthy appetite as a youth, while the other has made the pinning move his trademark.

The championship brackets they toted home, however, say Co ... »

Top-ranked Coe duo draw best from each other

CEDAR RAPIDS - Farai Sewera and Ryan Harrington won't face any bigger challenge in competition than what they experience daily in the Coe wrestling room.

They already train with one of the nation's best when they practice together.

Coe i ... »

J-Hawks soar in win over Xavier

CEDAR RAPIDS - It was a night that jogged a lot of fond memories from the 33 years Dick Briggs has coached Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

He stood on the mat, handing out commemorative T-shirts, exchanging laughs and shaking hands of those who have bee ... »

Iowa's Nathan Burak wrestles with a strong faith

IOWA CITY - Nathan Burak witnessed the connection between faith and sports at a young age.

He attended camps held by his father, Steve Burak, working for the Christian organization Athletes In Action. It was during these experiences that he enco ... »

Iowa looks to continue dominant streak at Wisconsin

IOWA CITY - The University of Iowa is coming off its most lopsided conference dual win.

The second-ranked Hawkeyes throttled Northwestern, 54-0, topping the 53-0 win against Illinois in 1992. More than the end result was the way they produced it ... »

City High makes strides under Connell

IOWA CITY - The question wasn't if, but when Cory Connell would rebuild the Iowa City High wrestling program.

When he returned to his alma mater in 2012, the Little Hawks managed just one winning dual season since 2009. City High has improved ea ... »

Pinning Combination Podcast: Hawkeye Wrestling Club's Dan Dennis, Hempstead Coach Chuck Haas

In this edition of the Pinning Combination Podcast with The Gazette's K.J. Pilcher and The Predicament's Wyatt Schultz, U.S. Open champion Dan Dennis talks about his return to competition with Hawkeye Wrestling Club and talks about the influence Tom and ... »

Earl Hall named USA Wrestling’s Wrestler of the Week

Iowa State senior 133-pounder Earl Hall received national recognition for his latest performance.

Hall went 4-0 at this weekend's Virginia Duals, posting a 6-5 last-second decision over Virginia Tech's Dennis Gustafson, lifting the Cyclones to a ... »

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 from a few years ag ... »
Iowa State’s Gadson brings home NCAA title
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Kyven Gadson completed a questionnaire that asked what his hometown of Waterloo was known for more than anything else.One thing came ... »
Three Hawkeyes, ISU’s Gadson advance to semifinals
  ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Three University of Iowa wrestlers and Iowa State's Kyven Gadson remain in the running for gold. The Hawkeyes remain in second pl ... »
Iowa’s Gilman fights way to quarterfinals
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The day revealed the character of many wrestlers. While upsets defined a crazy and unpredictable day, University of Iowa sophomore T ... »