Former Lewis Central Ivanov to Compete in Wrestling World Championships

Young athletes often fantasize about competing in the Olympics, but very few have the opportunity. That dream could become reality, however, for Georgi Ivanov, assistant coach for Maryville’s NCAA Division II wrestling team and an assistant in the University’s admissions office. In September, Ivanov will represent Bulgaria in the wrestling World Championships, a qualifying tournament [Read More]

Iowa Eight wrestling: Bettendorf’s Jack Wagner

• Name: Jack Wagner • Class: 2016 • School: Bettendorf • Projected college weight: 125/133 • High school record: 113-9 • Why he’s one of the Iowa Eight: Wagner wrestles with a pedal-to-the-metal mentality, coming after opponents with fast-paced aggressiveness and a variety of leg attacks that should enable him to succeed at the college [Read More]

Andrew Long gets shot to revive life, wrestling career at Grand View

Nick Mitchell needed to hear remorse and accountability from Andrew Long about his past. The Grand View coach needed to see signals that Long’s life is headed on a different course since his 12-month jail sentence and premature departure from two other college wrestling programs. Mitchell needed a signed contract, too, that lays out a [Read More]


5. NORTHERN IOWA: a matter of intrigue, for one class at least, is that UNI (2), Minnesota and Virginia Tech claimed the top four recruits from the Hawkeye state. The best of the bunch, four-time Iowa state champ, Max Thomsen (210-1) has an interesting friendship and 145-lb. rivalry with Pennsylvania 2,2,2,1 Mike Kemerer (161-10), who is [Read More]

NAIA Wrestling Championships to stay in Topeka through 2017

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) appears to be comfortable in Topeka. After having had its NAIA Wrestling National Championships in the Kansas state capital for the past two years, the organization will continue to have its mat championships in Topeka through 2017. The NAIA Wrestling Championships have been held at the Kansas Expocentre [Read More]

Brands on likely Kinnick wrestling dual: Something big is coming

All signs are pointing to a wrestling dual meet and a national attendance record going down Nov. 14 at Kinnick Stadium. Reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands said, “There’s something big coming. And we’re excited about it.” The University of Iowa isn’t going as far to say the Hawkeyes will definitely [Read More]

Big 12 Adds Six Affiliate Wrestling Members

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State wrestling program will welcome six new affiliate members to the Big 12 Conference in 2015-16. The historic announcement was made on Wednesday, highlighted by the additions of Air Force, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming. “What I think is really important is what [Read More]

Down, set, wrestle?

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa wrestling has captured the attention of its fans and sports fans, in general. The program’s official Twitter account tweeted the date “11.14.15” with the lines of a football field behind it. The post happens to be the day the Hawkeye football team hosts the University of Minnesota. The tweet [Read More]

Meester, 2005 wrestling squad to be inducted into Augustana Hall of Fame

Tom Meester, wrestler and assistant coach at Augustana College, along with the wrestling team that was runner-up at the 2005 NCAA Division II national championships, are among those who will be welcomed into Augustana’s Athletics Hall of Fame, the Sioux City, S.D. school announced Monday. Meester compiled a 137-18 record competing for the Vikings and [Read More]

Keeping Bench Athletes Engaged

For many athletes, time on the bench and not in the game can be difficult. While the reasons can vary – injury, disappointing performance, playing behind an upperclassman, or just learning the sport – players on the bench can experience a range of emotions that lead to feeling disengaged or disheartened. And unfortunately, lack of [Read More]