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Author: Jeremiah Davis | February 22, 2014 | No comments

Class 3A120 pounds -- Alijah Jeffery (Linn-Mar senior, 41-0) dec. Paul Glynn (Bettendorf junior, 39-12), 7-0Class 2A113 pounds -- Brock Rathbun (Center Point-Urbana sophomore, 46-0) pinned Ryan Leisure (Clear Lake  freshman, 37-4), win by fall in 4:48138 pounds -- Max Thomsen (Union junior, 49-0) dec. ...

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

DES MOINES – Brock Rathbun had prepared his victory celebration for more than a year.Despite a failed practice attempt during a warm-up session, he overcame his doubt and executed it perfectly after a near flawless state finals match.Rathbun stuck the landing on a backflip after ...

Author: Jeremiah Davis | February 21, 2014 | No comments

DES MOINES – Just one more to go.That’s what finalists at the state wrestling tournament face headed into the final day on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.And when you strip away team colors, rankings and records, many have one major thing in common: a long ...

Author: Jeremiah Davis | February 21, 2014 | No comments

DES MOINES – On Thursday, Independence’s Kyle Fank hit the mat for his first state tournament match.The jitters and nervousness were bubbling at the surface, but he shook them off to advance to the Class 2A 182-pound quarterfinals.On Friday, those jitters were long gone, and ...

Author: Jeremiah Davis | February 20, 2014 | No comments

 DES MOINES – Last season was an exercise in frustration for Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Nolan Hromidko.The 113-pounder missed the end of the season after battling his weight all year. But one year later, Hromidko not only has his weight under control, but his opponents as ...

Author: Jeremiah Davis | February 20, 2014 | No comments

 DES MOINES – The Union wrestling team got off to a solid start to the 2014 Class 2A state tournament on Thursday, with five of its seven state qualifiers still alive after the first round.The Knights advanced three wrestlers to the quarterfinals (Derek Holschlag at ...

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: Jeremiah Davis | November 14, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS – At a certain point in state tournaments, the emotion tank can run empty.Fighting and clawing for every point wears on players, and for Union the well ran a little dry in a loss to MOC-Floyd Valley on Thursday, 26-24, 25-23, 25-13.After two ...

Author: Jeremiah Davis | November 13, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS – Union had nearly a full year to think about it.Leading in the fifth set of the Class 3A state championship match over MOC-Floyd Valley, the Knights squandered multiple match points and surrendered the title.But with a 22-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-21, opening-round win ...

Author: Jeff Linder | November 11, 2013 | No comments

 Team capsules for the Class 3A qualifiers at the state volleyball tournament, in bracket order: No. 10 INDEPENDENCE (35-8)Nickname: MustangsCoach: Joe Schmitz (4th year, 63-80; 18th year overall, 228-290)Tourney history: 1st appearance.Starting lineup:No. Name Ht. Yr. Pos.1  Alyssa Hawkins  5-4  Jr.  S 3  Suzi Grover  5-5  Jr.  L 4  Karlie Niedert  5-9  Sr.  MH 6  Kaitlin Niedert  5-9  Fr.  OH 8  Shelby Lehman  5-8  Jr.  OH 14  Megann Kinseth  5-8  Jr.  OH           No. 1 MOC-FLOYD VALLEY (32-6)Nickname: Lady DutchCoach: ...

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