Sesker Slant: Excitement builds for mat season

The college wrestling season has kicked off and high school practices are in full swing. It’s always an exciting time of the year to follow the storylines that will develop. Here are a few of my random thoughts on wrestling as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday: The Iowa Hawkeyes aren’t quite at full strength [Read More]

Northern Iowa Grabs First Win of 2018-19 Season Over West Virginia

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Four sets of bonus points propelled UNI wrestling over West Virginia 27-19 to earn the first dual win of the season. Much like Saturday’s match against Pittsburgh, the heavyweight match decided the team win. No. 13 UNI improved to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12. West Virginia fell to 1-2 [Read More]

Padilla, Brown lead Simpson Storm at Coe Invitational

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Jason Padilla and RJ Brown each took home sixth-place honors to lead the Simpson wrestling team at the Coe Invitational on Saturday. Padilla went 2-2 in the 133-pound bracket and Brown went 3-2 at 174. A freshman, Padilla opened the day with a loss before fighting back to the fifth-place match. He beat Andy Rojas [Read More]

Loras’ Kelly and Smith Win Titles at Concordia Wisconsin Open

MEQUON, Wis. ( – Seventh-ranked Kevin Kelly and Eddie Smith battled through the always challenging brackets at the Concordia Wisconsin Open on Saturday. In total, Loras had six wrestlers place. NOTABLES Kelly remained unbeaten this season, improving to 9-0 this season … Kelly’s day included a win by medical forfeit over fourth-ranked Jimmy McAuliffe of Elmhurst Eddie Smith improved to 8-2 [Read More]

Coe Host the Kohawk Invitational

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Ninth-ranked Coe College Wrestling team hosted the Kohawk Invite and crowned the champions. Coe wrestling had 11 teams participating in their annual Kohawk Invite. The Kohawks won in three different weight classes: Brock Henderson (Coggon, Iowa/North Linn) at 133 pounds, Nate Olsen at 165 pounds and Kaleb Reeve’s at 285. Coming off [Read More]

Central Dutch display dominance in dual wrestling tournament

ALLENTOWN, PA. — A long flight to Pennsylvania yielded the Central College wrestling team five dual victories and a team championship at the Scotty Wood duals hosted by Muhlenberg College on Sautrday. After romping through pool play with a 3-0 mark, Central defeated Camden County College (Pa.) 55-0 in the semifinals and downed the hosts [Read More]

Northern Iowa Falls to Pittsburgh in Dual Opener, 21-19

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI wrestling opened its dual season with a 21-19 loss to Pittsburgh (2-0) today. The No. 13 Panthers earned bonus points from Jay Schwarm at 125 pounds and Taylor Lujan at 174 pounds. Schwarm dominated his bout at 125 pounds nearly getting a fall in the first period. He went into the second period up 6-0 before [Read More]

DeSanto, Murin Debut with Pins to Lead Iowa Over Princeton

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Austin DeSanto and Max Murin introduced themselves to the Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd with a pair pins Friday to lead the third-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team to a 31-10 win against Princeton. DeSanto led 7-1 before locking up a fall 27 seconds into the second period at 133. Murin backed him up [Read More]

Pinning Combination

Starting a new season of The Pinning Combination with KJ Pilcher of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Dick Briggs former coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Wyatt Schultz of The Predicament. This is the first installment.        

No. 9 Coe tops No. 19 Central

PELLA, Iowa – The No. 9 ranked Coe wrestling team recorded an impressive win on the road in their first dual of the season at No. 19 Central, 19-16. Five Kohawk wrestlers recorded wins Thursday night. At 133 pounds, No. 5 Brock Henderson (Coggon, Iowa/North Linn) was in a tight matchup with No. 3 Cam [Read More]