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Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 21, 2014 | No comments

DES MOINES - Cedar Rapids Jefferson Coach Dick Briggs has coached 10 wrestlers to 11 state titles, more than 50 state medalists and 120 wrestlers at the state tournament.His latest J-Hawk to earn a spot on the awards stand might be a little more special ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 14, 2014 | No comments

 CEDAR RAPIDS - Coaches and wrestlers don't emphasize rankings.Regularly, they can be used as motivation. They can also serve as an indicator of an upcoming challenge.The subjective list of the state's individual talent promises tough competition at the Iowa High School Athletic Association Class 3A ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 11, 2014 | No comments

 The last time Cedar Rapids Jefferson's wrestling team competed in the state duals none of the current J-Hawks were alive.Focus has been fixed on that feat the last half of the season.The J-Hawks have one of their best shots in many seasons when they head ...

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 | January 18, 2014 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS – The last time Cedar Rapids Jefferson won its home tournament Dick Briggs had much less gray hair and some of his staff hadn’t even wrestled a varsity match.Don’t forget the fact that his son, Kyle, and his J-Hawk teammates weren’t even alive.Jefferson ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | January 9, 2014 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS - Erik Hovey has rebounded from losses on the mat, but those instances pale in comparison to the way he has handled a recent personal loss.The Cedar Rapids Jefferson junior's father, Todd, died suddenly on Dec. 18 at the age of 48, leaving him to compete without his ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | December 7, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR FALLS – The arms he stroked and the fingers he rubbed toted home a gold medal.Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Brenden Baker has developed techniques to maintain his focus during a match, and they proved successful at one of the biggest early-season tournaments of the year.Baker ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | January 8, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS - Kelly May aspired to don a Cedar Rapids Jefferson singlet.He envisioned his time as a J-Hawk back when he joined the Bad Boys youth wrestling club in third grade.The Jefferson sophomore has made that wish a reality and added to his contributions Tuesday night, helping ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | December 12, 2012 | No comments

The coaching carousel for local prep wrestling programs took a few interesting spins since last season.It is easy to be confused by the whirlwind of activity, and the connections of each move.Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Lisbon rehired their former coaches, Iowa City High said goodbye one of ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | September 19, 2012 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS - Matt Orton won a state title for Cedar Rapids Jefferson wrestling coach Dick Briggs in 1989.The coach-athlete relationship has officially changed to peer status.Briggs and Orton confirmed Wednesday that Orton will be co-head coach alongside Briggs for the 2012-13 season. Orton joined the program as an ...

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