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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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MADISON, Wis. – A stream of blood shot across Ed Ruth’s left hand Sunday afternoon while beads of sweat trickled down his face moments after pulling Penn State across the victory line in a two-day tug-of-war for the Big Ten title. Iowa couldn’t yank the conference crown away from the Nittany Lions, but the Hawkeyes made […]
MADISON, Wis. — On the night before his final college visit, Dan Gable called Michigan State coach Grady Peninger and cancelled. The first undefeated wrestler in Iowa prep history took trips to three of his home-state schools and turned down Oklahoma State and Wisconsin before either program could make a recruiting pitch. But the Spartans had […]
MADISON, Wis. – There are better places to guess the score of a wrestling match than trying to read it on Derek St. John’s face. Whether he’s winning in the NCAA finals or in the middle of a Big Ten semifinal scrap with all but one section of the Kohl Center rooting against him, the flat-line […]
During his turns behind the microphone last summer on the Iowa banquet circuit, Tom Brands would point to one shortcoming his program needed to address in its quest for conference and national wrestling supremacy. Like everyone else in college wrestling, the Hawkeyes had fallen behind Penn State and the stack of bonus points it could […]
In the end, Tom Brands opted for the guy who had the 125-pound job in the beginning. The Iowa wrestling coach confirmed Wednesday that Cory Clark will represent the Hawkeyes this weekend at the Big Ten Championships after splitting time throughout the season with fellow freshman Thomas Gilman. “I’ve been saying all year we’ve got […]
It looked like the prime schedule to pack fans into Carver-Hawkeye Arena at a record rate, but Iowa had to overcome a blizzard, an ice storm and other less-than-ideal circumstances this year to break its own national wrestling attendance mark. The Hawkeyes led the country in dual attendance for the eighth straight season and set […]
College wrestling is becoming tedious. Scoring is down. Inactivity is up.
The Iowa 133-pounder talks about why it’s important to him to sign every autograph, and why teammate Cory Clark is a “wild, different cat.”
The leadoff spot in Iowa’s wrestling order remains a mysterious scrap between two super-talented freshmen. Cory Clark held the 125-pound job and a spot in the top five of the national rankings until December, when weight-management woes created an opening for Thomas Gilman. A title at the Midlands Championships shifted Gilman into the front-runner position […]