The Rumble on the Rails will feature a couple wrestlers with Iowa connections. Brent Metcalf, a two-time NCAA champion at Iowa, and former Northern Iowa wrestler Jordan Holm were selected to wrestle for the U.S. squads, which will compete on May 15 against Russia and Iran at New York’s Grand Central Station. Metcalf will compete [...]
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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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Logan Thomsen feels a strong connection to his home state and pulls for all three of Iowa’s Division I wrestling programs. “I like seeing the state as a whole do good,” the state champion from Union of LaPorte City said. “It’s a state-wide (source of pride) to prove Iowa — the state itself — is [...]
Derek St. John’s stoic demeanor can make his emotions difficult to detect. Underneath his poker face, there was incredible joy Saturday night. The Iowa junior captured the 157-pound NCAA title with a 3-2 victory against Northwestern’s Jason Welch in front of 16,653 at Wells Fargo Arena. St. John dropped to his knees and threw his [...]
Tony Ramos and Derek St. John had to chase, claw and battle for every point they put on the scoreboard Friday night. They came up with just enough to give Iowa fans something to applaud Friday at the NCAA Championships and somebody to root for tonight inside Wells Fargo Arena. Ramos stalked Wisconsin’s Tyler Graff [...]
Ethen Lofthouse was competing four weeks ago for a spot in Iowa’s wrestling lineup. He’ll compete this morning for a spot in the NCAA semifinals. Iowa’s junior 184-pounder — who needed a wrestle-off win against teammate Grant Gambrall to preserve his job after going through a mid-season slump — advanced to the quarterfinals of the [...]
Iowa wrestlers were 6-for-6 in the second round of the NCAA wrestling tournament before heavyweight Bobby Telford lost on an injury default. But first place Penn State also had a big round, with several wrestlers rolling up bonus points. The Nittany Lions led Oklahoma State, 32.5-29, after day 1 action was complete. In third place [...]
Three-time national wrestling writer of the year Andy Hamilton breaks down the 10 weight classes for the NCAA Wrestling Championships. For full brackets in each class, visit DesMoinesRegister.com/NCAAwrestling ========== 125 POUNDS Title favorites: No. 1 seed Alan Waters of Missouri is undefeated and is making his third trip to the NCAAs but has never been [...]
Missouri 174-pounder Todd Porter has won 31 matches this season — 13 against NCAA qualifiers, including a major decision win against top-seeded Chris Perry of Oklahoma State. His reward at this week’s NCAA Championships that begin Thursday? A first-round bout against the No. 2 seed, Big Ten Conference champion Matt Brown of Penn State. This [...]
Des Moines Register reporters Andy Hamilton and Tommy Birch break down the 174 and 184 brackets of this week’s NCAA Wrestling Championships.
Des Moines Register reporters Andy Hamilton and Tommy Birch break down the 157 and 165 brackets of this week’s NCAA Wrestling Championships.