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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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Putting Iowa’s wrestling season in perspective

[ 0 ] March 24, 2014

The Register’s Andy Hamilton takes a look back at Iowa’s performance at the NCAA Wrestling Championships and looks ahead to next season: WHAT WENT RIGHT: Tony Ramos walked a high wire all the way to the top of the awards podium. In his five tournament matches, the senior 133-pounder never led with a minute remaining in […]

Iowa’s Ramos wins NCAA wrestling title at 133 pounds

[ 0 ] March 22, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tony Ramos pounded his chest, stomped his feet and glared across the mat Saturday night, waiting for Tyler Graff to blink. None of the Iowa senior’s pre-match bluster, though, was as bold as what came after the 133-pound NCAA wrestling final. Ramos held the Wisconsin senior on his back for a two-count […]

Andy Hamilton: Iowa wrestlers need to evolve and add more dimensions

[ 0 ] March 22, 2014

By the end of the second day at the NCAA Championships, Tom Brands’ voice and his team’s national title hopes were both virtually gone. Though his vocal issues were unrelated to a message the Iowa wrestling coach conveyed throughout the tournament, Brands found himself repeating a well-worn line this week. “Do I sound like a […]

Iowa 1-2 in NCAA wrestling semifinals; Ramos headed to title bout

[ 0 ] March 21, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — Throughout the first two days of the NCAA Championships, Iowa wrestling fans waited for the type of sights and sounds that surrounded them Friday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. The scene had nearly everything they appreciate: a Hawkeye coming from behind in the third period to put an opponent on his back […]

Hawkeyes battle back after rough start at NCAA wrestling meet

[ 0 ] March 20, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – Tony Ramos said he wanted to run through his bracket at the national tournament. Chasing opponents around the wrestling mat wasn’t exactly what the Iowa senior hand in mind. But on a day when points were hard to find for the third-seeded 133-pounder and two of his highly rated teammates stumbled, there […]

Ramos’ second-round match at NCAAs goes to OT

[ 0 ] March 20, 2014

Iowa senior Tony Ramos survived another scare Thursday night, scoring an overtime takedown to beat Illinois freshman Zane Richards 6-4 in the second round of the NCAA Championships at 133 pounds. Ramos, the No. 3 seed, needed a takedown with 14 seconds left to win his opening-round match against Pittsburgh’s Shelton Mack.

Iowa’s Ramos wants ‘to dominate every match’ at NCAAs

[ 0 ] March 19, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tony Ramos walked into the interview room Wednesday on the eve of the NCAA Championships as a billboard of confidence. Iowa’s senior 133-pounder arrived at the pre-tournament news conference wearing a black shirt with three words written across his chest in gold and white letters: I will dominate. “I want to run […]

Derek St. John just fine with role as Hawkeye wrestling’s reserved superstar

[ 0 ] March 17, 2014

It started as a spat between brothers before it escalated into an incident that epitomized Derek St. John’s orneriness, ingenuity and ability to bail himself out of a mess. Almost 10 years before he became Iowa’s 52nd NCAA wrestling champion, St. John was camping with a few friends when a quarrel with his younger brother, […]

Penn State holds off peaking Iowa at Big Ten wrestling championships

[ 0 ] March 9, 2014

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 […]

Sunday Special: What if Dan Gable had wrestled at Michigan State instead?

[ 0 ] March 9, 2014

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 […]