Cyclones’ Meeks trying to live up to expectations

The Hawk Eye AMES — John Meeks had the weight of the world heaped upon his shoulders coming into the Iowa State wrestling program three years ago. Meeks was an undefeated, four-time state champion in high school at Des Moines Roosevelt, where he racked up an eye-popping 168-0 record, becoming just the sixth undefeated, four-time [Read More]

Cyclones’ Moreno ready for big test

The Hawk Eye AMES — Gabe Moreno was one of the top 149-pound wrestlers in the nation last season. Earning a No. 9 seed at last year’s NCAA Championships is proof of that. Yet the season ended in a painful way for the Iowa State junior. Moreno suffered a dislocated shoulder during the Big 12 [Read More]

Long and winding road for Iowa’s Rhoads

The Hawk Eye IOWA CITY — Patrick Rhoads has paid his dues. Well, more than paid his dues. Rhoads, a fifth-year senior for the Iowa wrestling team, came to the Hawkeyes as a highly-touted recruite from Kansas City, where he was a two-time state champion for Staley High School while compiling a 171-19 career record [Read More]

Slim and trim Weatherman ready to roll

The Hawk Eye AMES — Tanner Weatherman doesn’t need a watch to know that time is short. He doesn’t need a calendar to know that with each passing day, his final season of wrestling is getting near to its end. Weatherman’s body tells him it’s so. All the aches and pains, bumps and bruises accumulated [Read More]

Traits of an Outstanding Official

By the time you read this, the high school wrestling season will have started in the State of Iowa. Practice officially started on November 16th, with the first competition to follow two weeks later. Our athletes around the state will be preparing physically and mentally for the upcoming season and competitions. How well they prepare [Read More]

Pugh learns true meaning of thanksgiving

CEDAR FALLS — Randy Pugh has made a life for himself as assistant wrestling coach for the University of Northern Iowa wrestling team the last 15 years. Pugh and his wife, Krista, have made a home in this city, raising their two daughters, Hayden and Presley. Krista, who spent several years as a teacher, is [Read More]

Coaching 101

If you are going to be a coach in grades 7-12 in Iowa you must be certified to do so.  This is not really hard to do; there are several area community colleges that offer coaching authorization classes.  I took mine during J Term during my college years.  At the time I had no intention [Read More]

Mediapolis’ Cummings gets long-awaited Hall call

MEDIAPOLIS — Dan Cummings thought he had reached the pinnacle of high school wrestling last February when his Mediapolis High School team won the Class 2A state team title at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. It was the crowning moment in Cummings’ 36 years as head coach of the Bulldogs. That is until he [Read More]

IHSAA Announces New Director of Officials

Boone, IA — The Iowa High School Athletic Association has hired J. Lewis (Lewie) Curtis of Underwood as the new Director of Officials beginning March 1, 2016. Curtis replaces Roger Barr, who joined the IHSAA in 2003 and is retiring at the end of December. Curtis is currently the Activities Director at Underwood Community Schools [Read More]