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.





CPU’s Caleb Fuessley ready to do what it takes for state berth

CENTER POINT - Whatever it takes.

Center Point-Urbana's Caleb Fuessley learned more than technique and moves from former Stormin' Pointer three-time state champion and University of Iowa freshman Brock Rathbun. He received some advice to accomplis ... »

Penn State hands Iowa second straight loss

IOWA CITY - Iowa Coach Tom Brands extended his post-dual news conference to compliment the 14,311 fans and the head-table staff at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Brands called them the best, but the Hawkeyes are still searching for the best wrestling.

Pieces falling into place for Cedar Rapids Prairie

MARION - All the pieces are starting to fall into place for Cedar Rapids Prairie.

The Hawks weathered a storm of injuries, medical issues and illnesses that plagued them early in the year.

Prairie looked as strong as ever in a 55-10 v ... »

Iowa’s Sammy Brooks developed toughness with two older brothers

IOWA CITY - Sammy Brooks had no choice but to be tough.

Listen to the Iowa senior talk about growing up with two older brothers, Max and Ben, and the reason is clear.

"Benny and I would go at it a lot," Brooks said. "I don't know if it w ... »

UNI's Taylor Lujan produces excitement on the mat

Taylor Lujan does not discriminate when it comes to wrestling technique.

He grew up watching some of the best and plucking out moves to insert into his own diverse arsenal.

He liked the boot scoot from Kent State's Ian Miller. He was imp ... »

Dyersville Beckman’s Luke Hageman motivated to reach state podium

DYERSVILLE - Dyersville Beckman's Luke Hageman reached the state tournament last season.

The experience was not what he had imagined. He had to buy ticket and watch from his seat, instead of taking the mat for a chance at a medal.

"I kne ... »

Top-ranked Oklahoma State drops No. 3 Iowa, 24-11

Most of the close matches ended in Oklahoma State's favor.

So did the final score, which wasn't so close.

The top-ranked Cowboys won seven matches, including five by three points or less, and defeated third-ranked Iowa, 24-11, in a colle ... »

Jefferson's Matt Culver claims first J-Hawk title

CEDAR RAPIDS - Matt Culver is an accomplished student-athlete.

Not only is he a member of Cedar Rapids Jefferson's wrestling team, but he also plays football and baseball, earning a state team trophy in each. Culver is also a member of the Natio ... »

Iowa wrestling ready for challenge that awaits at top-ranked Oklahoma State

Excitement normally surrounds the meeting between two of the most storied college wrestling programs.

Anything will be hard to top the record-setting spectacle that occurred last season at Kinnick Stadium in front of 42,287 fans. The next instal ... »

Cedar Rapids Prairie handles Waverly-Shell Rock, 40-19

CEDAR RAPIDS - Tough and stingy.

Cedar Rapids Prairie Coach Kane Thompson offered those words to describe Tyger Whitters. After all, Thompson said he doesn't even like to allow moves to teammates when they are drilling in practice.

The s ... »

Williamsburg captures special title at Eckenrod Invitational
VAN HORNE - Williamsburg Coach Grant Eckenrod has displayed his emotion in the past.This time was different from the occasional fiery and intense deme ... »