Senior Spotlight: Hunter Aney, Mediapolis

When did you start wrestling? 3rd Grade Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do? Yes, my uncle Caleb Martin. He has many records at New London. Did you catch on to wrestling quickly or was it a gradual process? It took me two years to actually catch on to [Read More]

US Marines Cadet and Junior Nationals Iowa Freestyle Roster

Iowa returning All Americans, Brandon O’Brien, Drake Ayala, Caleb Rathjen, Cade DeVos and Spencer Trenary IOWA JR Freestyle Brandon OBrien 100 Marwan Altall 100 Lane Cowell 106 Grant O’Dell 106 Jaiden Moore 106 Cael Cox 113 Drake Ayala 113 Austin Kegley 113 Jakob Whitinger 113 Carson Taylor 120 Thurman Christensen 120 Dan Kimball 126 Beau [Read More]

US Marine Cadet and Junior Nationals – 16U Iowa Greco Roman Roster

Greco Roman 100 Cooper Hanson 106 Gable Porter 113 Stevie Ray Barnes 113 Braden Graff 120 Kolten Crawford 120 Hagen Heistand 120 Hunter Garvin 120 Ty Koedam 120 Sean Thompson 126 Averee Abben 126 Kayden Gryp 126 Hunter Worthen 132 Robert Avila 132 Brady Thompson 132 Carter Drake 138 Nick Hamilton 138 Dylan Whitt 145 [Read More]

Senior Spotlight: Troy Monahan III, Mason City

When did you start wrestling? Who introduced you to the sport? I started wrestling when I was in preschool. My dad and my brother introduced me to the sport. Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do? My brother Jordon Monahan wrestled. He never made the state tournament. Did you [Read More]

US Marine Cadet and Junior Nationals – 16U Iowa Freestyle Lineup

Freestyle Roster 94 Garret Rinken 94 Caleb Coffin 100 Ryder Block 100 Camron Phetxoumphone 100 McKinley Robbins 100 Cooper Hanson 106 Trever Anderson 106 Gable Porter 106 Chase Fiser 113 Bailey Roybal 113 Quincy Happel 113 Stevie Ray Barnes 113 Braden Graff 113 Brandon Paez 120 Kolten Crawford 120 Hagen Heistand 120 Isaiah Weber 120 [Read More]

Senior Spotlight: Joe Pins, Dubuque Hempstead

Photo by Adam Rang Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do? My father wrestled all four years in high school and was a state qualifier and is a big influence on me to continue to wrestle. Did you catch on to wrestling quickly or was it a gradual process? [Read More]

The Comparison Trap

As more and more children battle to be the best at younger and younger ages, what is the damage to those children around them, who spend large amounts of time comparing themselves to their higher performing peers in terms of their own long term development and potential future participation? Potentially it is huge and we [Read More]

Playing is Important for Young Athletes

Despite the growth of “elite” youth sports teams and organizations, experts note this system of sport is not play. What? Kids don’t play nearly as much as they used to? According to Dr. Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College and the author of “Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to [Read More]