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University of Iowa graduate Andy Hamilton is originally from Williams, Iowa, and started at the Des Moines Register in August after 12 years at the Press-Citizen. He covers wrestling for Hawk Central.

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Former Hawkeye QB returns to state to play Barnstormers

[ 0 ] July 18, 2014

Arvell Nelson arrived at the University of Iowa in the fall of 2006 as a strong-armed quarterback with a big frame and athleticism that caught the attention of schools such as Tennessee, Wisconsin and Michigan State before he settled on the Hawkeyes. Saturday night he returns to the state as a member of the Arena Football […]

Hawkeyes land first Class of 2015 wrestling recruit

[ 0 ] July 14, 2014

Wrestling at Iowa had been Cash Wilcke’s dream as far back as he can remember, and he outlined some steps a few years ago that he figured would bring that vision closer to reality. A fourth-place finish at the state meet as a freshman competing against 170-pound upperclassmen grabbed the attention of wrestling fans across […]

Ethen Lofthouse hired at Utah Valley

[ 0 ] July 9, 2014

For the second time this week, a senior on Iowa’s 2014 wrestling team has landed a job as a college assistant. Utah Valley announced Wednesday that it has hired Ethen Lofthouse as the program’s volunteer assistant. The two-time All-American replaces former Iowa State standout Cyler Sanderson, who left the program to train with the Nittany […]

Derek St. John starts new chapter of his life

[ 0 ] July 7, 2014

As he pondered his post-graduate future during his final days as a college wrestler, Derek St. John seemed to be leaning toward a career in coaching. That venture began Monday. The NCAA champion and four-time All-American for Iowa joined the North Dakota State staff as an assistant to coach Roger Kish. “I’m excited to join […]

McDonough completes Hawkeye sweep of World lightweight spots

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014

After a  shaky start Monday, the special series for the 125.5-pound spot on the University World Team was all Matt McDonough. And now the lightweight spots on three American freestyle teams are all Iowa’s. McDonough blasted Cornell star Nahshon Garrett in the best-of-three series in Tempe, Ariz., handling the only wrestler who bounced the two-time […]

Four-time state champ leaves Iowa program

[ 0 ] June 20, 2014

Less than a year after arriving at Iowa, one of the most decorated prep wrestlers in state history is leaving the Hawkeyes. Creston/Orient-Macksburg four-time state champion Jake Marlin told his hometown newspaper he is transferring to North Iowa Area Community College.  Marlin compiled a 6-2 record this past season while competing unattached at 141 pounds. […]

Hamilton: Freestyle wrestling still needs some work

[ 0 ] June 5, 2014

In his first month on the job, the leader of wrestling’s international governing body issued a two-pronged statement that seemed to set the tenor for where freestyle wrestling was headed. FILA president Nenad Lalovic said his primary mission was to make wrestling “much more watchable and understandable.” There’s no question the sport is in a […]

Metcalf uses defense to grab World team berth

[ 0 ] June 2, 2014

MADISON, Wis. Maybe Brent Metcalf lets down his guard more often these days in the sweat-soaked moments after he steps off the mat. Maybe a few more smiles are starting to replace the former Iowa star’s stone-faced scowl when the cameras are running. This might be a different Metcalf than the world has seen twice already. […]

Ramos headed to Worlds

[ 0 ] June 1, 2014

MADISON, Wis. – Tony Ramos saw too many American lightweights coming home from the World Championships without a prize. Jake Varner watched the U.S. freestyle team claim just one medal last year as he contemplated shelving his wrestling shoes next to his Olympic gold medal. One opted to start his pursuit of international glory a […]

Why is Brent Metcalf so dominant these days?

[ 0 ] May 29, 2014

Given an ultimatum and forced to choose only one style of wrestling, Brent Metcalf would have considered bypassing college and all of the glory he experienced at Iowa. “If I had a choice growing up, I would’ve done the Pico route,” the two-time NCAA champion said this week, referring to California prep phenom Aaron Pico, […]