On the Mats by KJ Pilcher

Pleasantville edges Beckman in 2A state quarterfinals

DES MOINES - Dyersville Beckman had its chances and knocked on the door to home. Every time the Blazers did, Pleasantville slammed the door shut. Th ...

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Iowa Conference landscape changes with addition of Nebraska Wesleyan

CEDAR RAPIDS - The landscape of the Iowa Conference has changed. One of the premiere NCAA Division III conferences has expanded beyond the state's bo ...

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Popular and busier Daniel Dennis is focused on improvement for Rio

CEDAR RAPIDS - Daniel Dennis had hoped things would remain the same. For the most part, the former University of Iowa NCAA finalist who endeared hims ...

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Podcast: 'Triple Play' talks baseball with Jerry Ford

This week on the 'Triple Play' podcast, Jeff Johnson and K.J. Pilcher talk the latest baseball news with Jerry Ford of Perfect Game. 

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Troy Steiner to lead Fresno State's reinstated wrestling program

Former University of Iowa NCAA champion Troy Steiner has accepted a new challenge. Steiner, the current associate head coach for Oregon State, will b ...

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Tony Ramos announces move to North Carolina

After the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, Tony Ramos stunned wrestling followers when he expressed his recent unhappiness with the Hawkeye Wrestli ...

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Iowa receives commitments from highly-ranked Pennsylvania preps

IOWA CITY - Iowa wrestling received a boost to future recruiting classes. Undefeated Pennsylvania state champions Spencer Lee and Gavin Teasdale anno ...

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Cedar Rapids falls behind early and drops 11-5 contest to Clinton

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Kernels Manager Jake Mauer has a dark head of hair.He would like to keep it that way. Too many games like Friday night, ho ...

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Emotional news conferences follow U.S. Olympic Trials

IOWA CITY - Tony Ramos said he felt like was stabbed in the back. Iowa Coach Tom Brands said he was ambushed. What occurred was a surprising, confus ...

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Hawkeyes celebrate Olympian at the expense of one of their own

IOWA CITY - The night was supposed to be cause for celebration. And, for a faction of University of Iowa wrestling they had good reason. The Hawkeye ...

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Olympic Trials a learning experience for Cabell

IOWA CITY - Blaize Cabell walked away with mixed emotions. Northern Iowa's three-time NCAA qualifier was discouraged with the outcome, but remained e ...

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Brent Metcalf suffers loss in crazy 143-pound bracket

IOWA CITY - Brent Metcalf was left searching for answers. He wasn't sure why his performance wasn't reflective of the dominance that put him on three ...

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Spenser Mango caps stellar Greco-Roman career in front of Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd

IOWA CITY - Spenser Mango has been a constant on the country's Greco-Roman wrestling team. Even he saw the end was near, but he didn't think it was g ...

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Hawkeye Wrestling Club's Brent Metcalf denied Olympic team berth

IOWA CITY - Former University of Iowa two-time NCAA champion and Hawkeye Wrestling Club member Brent Metcalf was denied an Olympic Team spot again. M ...

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Robby Smith brings entertaining style to U.S. Olympic Team Trials

IOWA CITY - Robby Smith is entertaining on and off the mat. A member of the last three U.S. Greco-Roman World Teams draws attention for his wrestling ...

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