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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 | January 11, 2014 | No comments

VAN HORNE – Independence’s Chase Straw can check something off his list of goals.The top-ranked junior has won his share of tournaments, but now he can add a gold medal from the Bobcat “Jerry Eckenrod” Invitational.Straw earned Outstanding Wrestler honors, dropping two ranked wrestlers en ...

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 | August 25, 2013 | No comments

Bigger. Faster. Stronger.Prep athletes appear more advanced physically than ever, leading to the question on how they develop those abilities.With performance-enhancement drugs gaining attention in some professional sports and some supplements creating passing trends, more natural methods seem to be the desired method to improve size, speed ...

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 ...

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 ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 20, 2011 | No comments

DES MOINES - Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Conner Herman aspired to be a state champion as a youth, which is the same time J-Hawks Dick Briggs recognized he had the talent to achieve it.Saturday night it became a reality.Herman scored a takedown with 14 seconds remaining ...

Author: Angie Holmes | February 2, 2010 | 5 comments

Former Cedar Rapids Jefferson assistant wrestling coach John Hegarty was right on when he described the ceremony as the night the names on the wall came alive.Jefferson celebrated its rich wrestling tradition with a ceremony last Thursday, before its dual with Cedar Rapids Kennedy, referred ...

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