On the Mats by KJ Pilcher

Watch: Pinning Combination returns with Iowa high school, college wrestling talk

The Pinning Combination is back for the 2017-18 wrestling season. Watch as The Predicament's Wyatt Schultz, former Cedar Rapids Jefferson coach Dick ...

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New faces, old expectations for Prairie wrestling

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Prairie Coach Kane Thompson expected some growing pains this season. After all, the Hawks only returned six starters from ...

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Williamsburg handles transition from football to wrestling seasons

WILLIAMSBURG - The transition from fall to winter sports seasons produced a mix of good and bad for Williamsburg. The football team reached the Class ...

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Wrestling Weekend That Was: Iowa fans get first look at Spencer Lee

Iowa had some memorable and long awaited debuts. A pair of prep wrestlers delivered the marquee match that many expected. Brock Rathbun is honored in ...

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Duane Schulte of Cedar Rapids Xavier is The Gazette's 2017 football coach of the year

CEDAR RAPIDS - On the wall behind Duane Schulte's desk hangs laminated newspapers from seasons Cedar Rapids Xavier reached the playoff round of 16. E ...

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West Liberty’s Joe Kelly tops state champion for Mount Vernon Invitational crown

MOUNT VERNON - Joe Kelly was feeling a little under the weather.Just a cold and nothing that resembled the circulated rumors.The West Liberty senior l ...

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The wait is almost over: Alex Marinelli expected to make Iowa debut

IOWA CITY - The wait is over for Alex Marinelli. This weekend will bring an end to the recurring question of when he will take the mat in the Univers ...

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Iowa City High’s Jacob Dykes focused on strong finish

IOWA CITY - Jacob Dykes drew motivation from chasing higher ranked wrestlers last season. He ascended the list as the wins mounted in a regular seaso ...

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Iowa City Liberty claims first dual victory

NORTH LIBERTY - Iowa City Liberty's wrestling program is in its infancy. But, the Lightning have already begun to take some baby steps toward becomin ...

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Wrestling Weekend That Was: UNI shows why expectations are high

The college wrestling season is starting to see big tournaments dot the schedule and high schools opened their first weekend of competition in Iowa. F ...

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Iowa City West’s Nelson Brands wins Independence title

INDEPENDENCE - Iowa City West's Nelson Brands is happy to be competing again. The Trojans' two-time state champion missed some time during the summer ...

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Real world to college starter: Justin Stickley steps in to Iowa lineup

IOWA CITY - Justin Stickley has learned a few life lessons during his time on a wrestling mat. The University of Iowa freshman has been able to carry ...

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Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Cade Parker ready to tackle wrestling competition

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Cade Parker had a breakout football season this fall. The sophomore linebacker ranked among the state's top tac ...

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Mount Vernon’s Cody Connolly seizes last opportunity to wrestle after four-year hiatus

CEDAR RAPIDS - Mount Vernon Coach Vance Light didn't know he had a 220-pounder until the preseason started. Cody Connolly wasn't set on wrestling aga ...

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Video: Tom Brands talks to media during weekly interviews

IOWA CITY - Iowa Coach Tom Brands made his weekly appearance in front of media Tuesday at the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Br ...

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