Q. First of all, your reaction to the IOC dropping wrestling in the 2020 Olympics. TOM BRANDS: Well, here’s the thing: First of all, I’m surprised that I’m surprised. Second of all, it’s worse than death, because you can’t control death. I feel like we could have controlled this to some degree, get ahead of […]
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The Hawkeyes moved up a spot after handing Penn State its first loss.
Penn State started the season as the favorite to trot off with wrestling’s NCAA championship trophy for the third time in a row. And make no mistake, it still is. That remains true, even after third-ranked Iowa kicked the No. 1 Nittany Lions’ 20-dual win streak to the college curb Friday in a raucous, 22-16 […]
Iowa 141-pounder Mark Ballweg is becoming more and more of a sure thing in his senior season.
Three teams still stand between Iowa and where the Hawkeyes want to go on the college wrestling chain of command. They climbed one rung at the beginning of the month when they handled Ohio State and traded spots with the Buckeyes, moving up to No. 4 in the national rankings. They slipped against No. 2 […]
Moore’s close call against No. 3 Caldwell not a moral victory.
By Roger Moore Special to The Des Moines Register STILLWATER, Okla. – Third-period takedowns in four consecutive one-point victories from 165 to 197 pounds propelled second-ranked Oklahoma State to an 18-12 dual victory over No. 4 Iowa in front of 5,537 on Sunday afternoon. Iowa (12-1) led 12-3 after Derek St. John’s 8-4 win at 157 […]
The past two dual meets between college wrestling’s two most storied programs have resulted in a virtual stalemate. Iowa and Oklahoma State wrestled to a 15-all tie two years ago in Stillwater before the Cowboys edged the Hawkeyes 17-16 last year in Iowa City, scoring the decisive point on criteria after the dual ended in […]
Hawkeyes prepare for loaded schedule in January starting Friday against No. 4 Ohio State.
NEW YORK Iowa captured a pair of wrestling duals Sunday at the inaugural Grapple at the Garden at Madison Square Garden, blanking Hofstra 42-0 and topping Bucknell 34-9. “Most guys wrestled well and put themselves in good positions, and those who didn’t need to make the adjustment before we get to Buffalo,” Iowa coach Tom […]