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 […]
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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 […]
Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands talked about toughness in the days leading up to Saturday’s showdown with Minnesota.
Like many kids who grow up in Minnesota with a passion for wrestling, Ben Berhow was inspired by the goal to become a Minnesota Gopher.
The first NCAA coaches panel rankings came out Thursday. Generally, these are a pretty good barometer for seedings at the national tournament. Top-ranked Penn State and No. 2 Iowa are the only teams with a wrestler in the top 14 at all 10 weights. Fifth-ranked Northern Iowa has six wrestlers in the rankings. The Panthers […]
The series stretches across seven decades and the two schools have monopolized college wrestling to the point they need king-sized trophy cases to show off all of their national championship trophies. Perhaps never before, though, have Iowa and Oklahoma State been closer to a stalemate – not even during the 31-year run when the Hawkeyes […]
Tom Brands handed his prized freshman a black singlet four years ago and pondered the possibility of mortgaging a year in the future for immediate gains. Derek St. John was Iowa’s best wrestler at 157 pounds as a true freshman. He won the team’s wrestle-off bracket in his third month on campus, placed fifth that […]
Iowa overcame three straight match defeats Thursday night, including top-ranked 133-pounder Tony Ramos’ first loss of the season, to rally on the road past No. 15 Edinboro 22-19. All-American A.J. Schopp scored a first-period takedown and held off Ramos 3-2, NCAA finalist Mitchell Port pinned Iowa’s Josh Dziewa at 141 and No. 3 David Habat […]
Iowa’s Derek St. John, the defending NCAA champion at 157 pounds, has withdrawn from Saturday’s NWCA All-Star Wrestling Classic due to an illness. He will be replaced at 157 by Lehigh’s Joey Napoli in the season-opening event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Iowa’s Tony Ramos (141 pounds) and Iowa State’s Michael Moreno (165 […]