5 Hawkeyes Compete for Spots on Junior World Team

     Alex Marinelli, Jeremiah Moody, Max Murin, Jacob Warner, Myles Wilson IOWA CITY, Iowa — Five University of Iowa wrestlers compete this weekend at the 2018 UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials in Rochester, Minnesota. Alex Marinelli, Jeremiah Moody, Max Murin, Jacob Warner, and Myles Wilson compete for spots on the U.S. Junior World team on [Read More]

Upper Iowa’s Hopp good to the last drop

CEDAR RAPIDS — Logan Hopp could have thrown in the towel. No one would have blamed him. In fact, most people in his situation probably would have just walked away from wrestling and been done after suffering two torn ACLs which cost him the better part of two years of his wrestling career. That’s not the [Read More]

Walker goes from rooftop to top of podium

CEDAR RAPIDS — Josh Walker had been to the top before, and he sure enjoyed the view. Walker, a three-time state wrestling champion for Union High School in Tulsa, Okla., was done with wrestling. After finishing as the national runner-up in NJCAA in both 2015 and 2016, Walker hung up his singlet, unlaced his shoes and [Read More]

Freestyle WTT Challenge Tournament previews for 86 kg men and 65 kg women

2018 U.S. Open action shots of Richard Perry and Forrest Molinari by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com This is a closed tournament, in which the athletes in the field must have qualified, based upon approved Team Selection Procedures in each style. The winners of each of the 20 weight classes advance to one of the three Final [Read More]

Spencer Lee will not compete at 2018 World Team Trials

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa national champion Spencer Lee announced Saturday that he is not competing at the Senior Freestyle World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota, on May 18-20. Lee won the 2018 NCAA championship as a true freshman at 125 pounds. He joined the Iowa lineup in January and compiled a [Read More]

Rathbun grabs a piece of Wartburg history, and some hardware

Brock Rathbun was just looking for a change of scenery and a fresh start when he transferred from Iowa to Wartburg College last summer. Rathbun got much more than that. By the time his first season on the mat for the Knights was over, the Center Point-Urbana High School graduate also had a piece of [Read More]

Williams makes the most of his second chance

CEDAR RAPIDS — Maleek Williams was given a second chance in life and he is busy making he most of it. Williams, a junior on the Upper Iowa University wrestling team, advanced to the finals at 125 pounds at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships this year before losing to Elijah Hale of Central Oklahoma, completing [Read More]

Portillo finds a home halfway across the country

CEDAR RAPIDS — Josh Portillo remembers it like it was yesterday. He was sitting on the family’s porch in a rough neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio, his sophomore year in high school when he heard sirens. At first, it didn’t faze Portillo. Sirens were a daily occurrence in his neighborhood, so much so that they became almost [Read More]

Winds of change are blowing

The high school wrestling season is still seven months away, but the landscape will look a whole lot different come November. The former West Burlington-Notre Dame/Danville program has been reorganized. It will now be Notre Dame-West Burlington/Danville. The team name will switch from Falcons to Nikes and the color of the singlets will change from [Read More]