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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.


Mitch Bowman contributes to Iowa’s 35-6 blowout of Rider

IOWA CITY - The wrestling season opened with talk that Iowa may not field its best lineup until the second half of the season.

Could be due to a new face that emerges as a starter. Maybe it is a sign of the progress to come over the course of th ... »

Iowa’s Kaleb Young provides strong depth and flexibility in lineup

IOWA CITY - Kaleb Young welcomes another opportunity in the lineup against a ranked opponent.

Alex Marinelli anxiously awaits his first official chance to walk to center mat for the University of Iowa.

Both give the seventh-ranked Hawkey ... »

Wrestling Weekend That Was: Spencer Lee isn't Iowa's only formidable freshman

The whistles have blown and the college wrestling season is in full swing. Prep wrestling teams have begun practice and it won't be long until hot gymnasiums across Iowa will be filled with fans yelling "TWO!" while taking in the scent of sweaty kneepad ... »

Van Meter beats Iowa City Regina for Class 1A football title

CEDAR FALLS - Just about everything that could go against Iowa City Regina did.

Take the fourth-down conversion that became one of three first-half turnovers. There was an opponent's fumble that was plucked out of the air for an additional 4-yar ... »

Iowa City Regina returns to state football title game

IOWA CITY - Iowa City Regina is no stranger to state championship games.

The unusual aspect is the Regals aren't holding the previous crown and technically are underdogs in this one.

Actually, Regina is fortunate to be in its eighth stra ... »

Iowa’s Joey Gunther grows into new weight class

IOWA CITY - Joey Gunther is heavier, happier and a little less hungry.

The University of Iowa sophomore has made a "smooth" transition to a bigger weight class.

"I'm lifting, eating more, so that's nice," Gunther said last week at the te ... »

Cedar Rapids Xavier beats Pella in state championship to complete perfect season

CEDAR FALLS - The final second ticked off the clock and Cedar Rapids Xavier Coach Duane Schulte turned to his assistant coaches for one last instruction.

He turned to coaches like defensive coordinator Jim O'Connell, assistant Brad Stovie and so ... »

Pella and Cedar Rapids Xavier meet again in football postseason

CEDAR RAPIDS - The saga between Pella and Cedar Rapids Xavier will continue Thursday.

The two football powers will write another chapter of their postseason encounters that date back to the Cedar Rapids Regis program, which combined with Cedar R ... »

Prep football area state championship capsules


No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier (12-0) vs. No. 4 Pella (11-1)

* When/Where - 7 p.m. Thursday, UNI-Dome

* How they got here - Xavier blitzed Solon with five first-half touchdowns and rolling to a 35-7 semifinal vi ... »

Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Cam Shaver commits to wrestle at Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cam Shaver has been exposed to University of Iowa wrestling for nearly his whole life.

He has been a lifelong fan and has wrestled there with clubs. His half-brother, Joey Slaton, was an NCAA finalist for the Hawkeyes and Iowa Coa ... »