Iowan Seth Rollins retains WWE title

Davenport’s Seth Rollins is still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Rollins, who resides and runs a wrestling academy in the Quad Cities, retained his title during WWE’s “Payback” pay-per-view Sunday night. Facing Randy Orton, his longtime nemesis, and Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, his former Shield compatriots, in a Fatal Four-Way match, the odds did [Read More]

UNI alumna creates endowment for wrestling coach position

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – In April 2015, University of Northern Iowa alumna Sandy Stevens (B.A. ’62, English teaching) created the Bear and Sandy Stevens Head Wrestling Coach Endowment. Funds from this endowment will be used to support the salary of the UNI wrestling coach position. Doug Schwab is the first recipient of the Stevens’ gift. [Read More]

Thompson takes his career on the road

WATERLOO | The results aren’t coming as fast as Eric Thompson would like. At the same time, the progress made has been monumental for the former Waverly-Shell Rock state champion and three-time NAIA national champion at Grand View. Saturday at the Northern Plains Regional inside the Cedar Valley Sportsplex, Thompson took another step forward, although [Read More]

Storm wrestlers recognized for academic excellence

INDIANOLA, Iowa – The Simpson wrestling team was recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) for its work in the classroom during the 2014-15 academic year. The Storm earned NWCA Scholar All-America team honors by posting a team GPA above 3.0. Simpson’s 3.13 GPA tied for 38th among Division III schools. Sophomore criminal justice [Read More]

The Big Picture

Since this is the academic issue, my thoughts are taken to the big picture of what we do as coaches.  The big picture being the greater impact we make on the total wrestler.  Whether you are a teacher/coach or are employed outside the school and a coach, the truth is that no matter what we [Read More]

Rachel Watters Wins Body Bar Women`s Nationals

Watters wins the Body Bar Nationals in Irving Texas this weekend and qualifies for the Junior World Team.  Here is the other qualifiers as well as the results for the Iowa women who placed in the Body Bar Nationals. UWW Junior – 72 KG 1st Place – Rachel Watters of Gator OKCU Women/Men RTC 2nd [Read More]

U.S. World Team Trials Qualifiers update

With the completion of the Northern Plains Senior Regionals in Waterloo, Iowa, and the Body Bar Women’s UWW Junior Nationals in Irving, Texas this past weekend, USA Wrestling has released its updated list of qualifiers for the World Team Trials to date. At this point, the qualification process in women’s freestyle has been completed. In [Read More]

Beat the Streets match previews for Ramos, Metcalf, Miller

Brent Metcalf goes for his fifth win at a Beat the Streets event when he battles Cuba in Times Square next week. Over the next few days, TheMat.com will be taking a little closer look at each of the Beat the Streets “Salsa in the Square” matchups that will occur in Times Square on Thursday, [Read More]

Keddy wins last chance Qualifer

WATERLOO, Iowa — University of Iowa three-time All-American Phil Keddy won the Northern Plains Regional on Saturday to earn a berth at the 2015 World Team Trials in Madison, Wisconsin, on June 12-14. Keddy defeated Ryan Loder, 12-1, in the finals at 86 kg/189 lbs. in USA Wrestling’s “last chance qualifier.” He is the sixth [Read More]

2015 Northern Plains Junior FS

Junior – 100 1st Place – Matthew Petersen of MInnesota Storm 2nd Place – Dillon Gottschalk of Slamming Stangs Junior – 106 1st Place – Dylan Koontz of Team Wisconsin 2nd Place – Brady Koontz of Team Wisconsin 3rd Place – Trevor Fauver of MWC wrestling Academy 4th Place – Mitchell Landgraf of Team Wisconsin [Read More]