7 Ways to Grow Off-Season Player Buy In

Every year around the spring, one of the most dominant challenges and topics of conversations I have with  coaches is getting “player buy-in” to an off-season program. One feeling coaches continue to articulate is this: “I care so much more than my players. They just don’t seem to want it like I do.” Does this [Read More]

Mentoring Athletes

It’s widely accepted that participating in youth sports builds character through sportsmanship, determination, self-discipline and fair play. Another way to build life skills is through the development of a peer mentoring program. Everyone wins when student-athletes act as mentors. They become better leaders. Such programs can be started as early as the elementary school years. [Read More]

Spencer Lee & Gable Steveson – Co-winners of 2021 Hodge Trophy

For the first time since 2001, there are co-winners of the WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by ASICS Wrestling. Last season’s winner Spencer Lee of Iowa and Gable Steveson of Minnesota wound up in a virtual tie, with Lee winning the Fan Vote (25,712 to Steveson’s 5,202 votes), but multiple members of the [Read More]

Lugo, Moody to Compete at USA Wrestling Last Chance Qualifier

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former University of Iowa wrestlers Pat Lugo and Jeremiah Moody compete Saturday at USA Wrestling’s Last Chance Qualifier in Fort Worth, Texas. Lugo is the top seed at 65 kg. Moody is unseeded and competing in the 74 kg bracket. The top-two athletes in each weight class secure bids to the 2021 [Read More]

HS USA Wrestling Recruiting Showcase Womens Freestyle Division

For Iowa high school wrestlers are weighed in and ready to wrestle in USA Wrestling’s inaugural National Recruiting Showcase. Boys competition started Friday with folkstyle action; when the girls kick off on Saturday the arena becomes a freestyle showcase. Iowa connections Grace Gray 200 Lilly Luft 132 Sydney Park 132 Sam Spielauer 152 Follow the [Read More]

In-Season Strength Training is Crucial to Performance and Injury Prevention

Many athletes lift weights during the off-season then dismiss the importance of maintaining strength during the season. Working hard to get strong merits a long-term commitment to stay strong during the sports season—to prevent injuries and for peak performance. For athletes who have reached adolescence, in-season training is an absolute must to reduce the occurrence [Read More]

Develop Athleticism First, Focus on Specific Skills Later

While genetics determine an athlete’s potential, nurturing innate abilities in the correct sequence determines how closely the athlete reaches peak potential. For long-term development, follow the First-Things-First theory. Similar to the periods of developing motor skills and language, critical stages also exist for developing fundamental movement and general athleticism. Before kids reach adolescence, athletic development [Read More]

Spencer Lee Named Finalist for Dan Hodge Trophy

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa NCAA champion Spencer Lee has been named one of six finalists for the 2021 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy. The award is presented annually to the nation’s most dominant college wrestler. Lee won the 125-pound NCAA Championship on March 20. He outscored his five opponents at the national [Read More]

NCAA Division I Championships Results for Other Iowans

133 Bryce West (Solon) Prelim – Cole Rhone (Bloomsburg) won by decision over Bryce West (Northern Illinois) (Dec 13-10) Prelim – Jordan Hamdan (Michigan State) won by tech fall over Bryce West (Northern Illinois) (19-3) 133 Zach Price (Johnston) Champ. Round 1 – Zach Price (South Dakota State) won in sudden victory – 1 over [Read More]

NCAA Division I Championships Results for Northern Iowa

1 Iowa 129 2 Penn State 113.5 3 Oklahoma State 99.5 4 Arizona State 74 5 Michigan 69 6 NC State 68 7 Minnesota 64 7 Missouri 64 9 Ohio State 46.5 10 Northwestern 45 11 Pittsburgh 40.5 12 Nebraska 38 13 Iowa State 37.5 13 Rutgers 37.5 15 Virginia Tech 36.5 16 North Carolina [Read More]