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

The focus is on breaking through and moving up.Western Dubuque Coach Paul Cleary has a vision for the Bobcats’ inclusion with the upper echelon of Class 3A teams.“We’ve been a top 10 to 15 team for the last few years,” said Cleary, trying to lead ...

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 | 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 | January 8, 2014 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS - The start of the new year was better than the start of the season for Josh Wenger.Cedar Rapids Prairie's two-time state medalist overcame an injury suffered in a preseason tournament that limited his participation the first month.Wenger looks closer to hitting stride ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | January 4, 2014 | No comments

MARION – Alex Gillaspie does not need easy. He just needs possible.The Marion freshman manages to personify the quote from the movie “Soul Surfer,” which depicts the life of rising surfing star Bethany Hamilton who lost her left arm to a shark attack.Gillaspie already does ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | December 23, 2013 | No comments

The Eastern Iowa wrestling community suffered a loss Sunday.Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame wrestling coach Dave Steinkamp, 69, of Winthrop, died. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 28 at East Buchanan High School gymnasium. A visitation is set for Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | December 23, 2013 | No comments

The Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association have released their first set of dual team rankings.(Records through Dec. 17)CLASS 1A School                                    Record1. Alburnett                                     8-22. Don Bosco                                  10-03. Eddyville-Blakesburg EBF        7-14. Woodbury Central                      8-05. Wilton                                            7-16. Lisbon                                            7-27. West Marshall                              4-08. SE Warren                                   10-09. ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | December 21, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Xavier wrestling coach Ryan Chambers called looking for a wrestler to add to his roster.He found a big diamond in the rough.Cole Turner answered the phone and the challenge from Chambers. In a little more than one full varsity season, ...

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

WILLIAMSBURG - Grant Eckenrod had coaching in his blood. In a way, he was almost destined to work with young adults, whether it was athletics or in school. He had a pretty good role model when he was growing up. His late father, Jerry Eckenrod, coached ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | December 14, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS - Jeff Matczak said 11 hours on the road and an overnight stay off Collins Road was worth every second.The Kaukauna (Wis.) High School wrestling coach said he wants to return, if his Galloping Ghosts are invited again.“We like to travel when we ...

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