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Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 22, 2014 | No comments

DES MOINES – Alijah Jeffery doesn’t regularly show emotion, but he had a perfect reason to deviate from the norm.A goal achieved, appreciative fans and the symbol of his success draped around his neck by a man that helped him earn it.Jeffery pointed to the ...

Author: Sam Louwagie | February 22, 2014 | No comments

DES MOINES -- Linn-Mar's Alijah Jeffery won the Class 3A 120-pound championship on Saturday night.The senior jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and then defended Bettendorf's Paul Glynn for most of their finals match in Wells Fargo Arena. In the third period, Glynn appeared to ...

Author: Sam Louwagie | February 21, 2014 | No comments

DES MOINES -- Linn-Mar's Alijah Jeffery was inches from falling short again of the state finals. But he fought off a deep overtime shot by Southeast Polk's Nolan Hellickson and went on to win in a tie-break period, moving on to the finals for the ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 19, 2014 | No comments

This is the best Linn-Mar’s Alijah Jeffery has ever felt.The timing is perfect since he will attempt to cap his prep career with his best finish.The Lions’ top-ranked 120-pounder enters the Iowa High School Athletic Association state wrestling tournament as one of only seven unbeaten ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 19, 2014 | No comments

It seems fitting that when Carter Happel was in practice when being named one of the state’s best wrestlers.He received a text from his father, Dean, who was in Des Moines for the announcement, and turned his attention back to the honor that means most ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 15, 2014 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS – Brenden Baker went from feeling the worst to being first.All the hard work and dedication to reverse the result of last year’s district meet paid dividends. The Cedar Rapids Jefferson sophomore reaped the rewards, which is a chance at a state title.“I’m ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 1, 2014 | No comments

WATERLOO – Cedar Rapids Prairie Coach Blake Williams acknowledged the doubts, and they were hard to discredit.The Hawks lost more than half of their conference championship team to graduation, including three individual champs, six wrestlers with state meet experience.Of course, one group didn’t think those ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | November 18, 2013 | No comments

MARION - Linn-Mar wrestlers sat around the Lions wrestling room, sharing their names, grades, nicknames and the influential women in their lives.The Lions were getting re-introduced to each other, but they will have to get acquainted with some big expectations that accompany the upcoming campaign.Wrestlers ...

Author: Rob Gray, correspondent | February 14, 2013 | No comments

DES MOINES — When the IOC voted Tuesday to cut wrestling from the Olympics beginning in 2020, reactions across the nation and around the globe ranged from disappointment, to shock, to outrage.The history-defying decision isn’t necessarily final, but the news reverberated in wrestling circles at ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | January 16, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS - Drake Allen has come a long way from a year ago.The Cedar Rapids Jefferson senior has overcome disappointments on and off the mat to produce his best season as a prep.Allen improved to 21-7, winning the 182-pound title at Jefferson’s J-Hawk Invitational ...

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