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Iowa hosts NC State in National Duals wrestling


February 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The second-ranked Iowa wrestling team hosts North Carolina State tonight (Monday) in the inaugural National Duals Championship Series. The Wolkpack may not be thought of as a traditional college wrestling powerhouse, but they’re ranked fourth and have the attention of Iowa coach Tom Brands. “They may be ‘off the radar’ as far as wrestling…believe me, they’re on the radar and we have to be ready to go,” Brands said.

N-C State has four wrestlers ranked in the top five, including two-time NCAA champion Nick Gwiazdowski at heavyweight. Hawkeye (redshirt) freshman Sam Stoll dropped a 10-1 decision to Gwiazdowski in December, but has won 10 matches in a row since, including four wins over ranked opponents. “You know, just because he’s a two-time returning champ, I prepare the same way,” Stoll said. “My mindset has got to be the same every match.”

Formerly the NWCA National Duals Tournament, the 2016 National Duals Championship Series matches the top eight Big Ten programs against regular season champions from other conferences. For that reason, #2 Iowa was not matched-up against #1 Penn State.

Tonight’s dual in Iowa City will start at 7:00. Iowa State received an at-large bid into the National Duals. The Cyclones lost at Minnesota on Friday night, 30-to-10.

(Learfield Sports)

Hawkeye women hold off Indiana


February 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa women’s basketball team held off a furious second half rally by Indiana to edge the Hoosiers 76-73 in Iowa City, Sunday afternoon. Indiana cut a 19-point second half deficit to one in the waning seconds but the Hawkeyes held on to post their second straight victory. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder says while the Hawkeyes struggled on the glass they did play well on defense.

Ally Disterhoft led five Iowa players in double figures with 19 points as the Hawkeyes improve to 7-9 in the Big Ten and 17-11 overall. The Hawkeyes close out their road schedule on Wednesday night with a visit to Penn State.

(Learfield Sports)

Area Girls High School Basketball Scores from Sat., 2/20/16


February 21st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Class 3A Region 8
Regional Final
Pocahontas Area Community(PAC)/Laurens-Marathoon 73, Shenandoah 44
Class 4A Region 1
Regional Semifinal
Harlan 59, Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 32
Spencer 55, LeMars 44
Class 4A Region 8
Regional Semifinal
ADM, Adel 39, Dallas Center-Grimes 38
Lewis Central 49, Glenwood 33
Class 5A Region 7
Regional Semifinal
Indianola 96, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 40
Valley, West Des Moines 80, Des Moines, Lincoln 60

State Championship Schedule – Class 3A

Tue., March 1st – Quarterfinals:

PAC (24-0) vs. Mt. Vernon (16-8), 11:45-a.m.

Cherokee (22-2) vs. Osage (21-3), 1:30-p.m.

Center Point-Urbana (23-1) vs. Mid-Prairie (16-8), 3:15-p.m.

Nevada (21-3) vs. Sioux Center (20-4), 5:00-p.m.

Niang scores 27 as No. 13 Iowa State holds off TCU, 92-83


February 21st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Georges Niang scored 27 points, Abdel Nader had 24 and 13th-ranked Iowa State held off TCU 92-83 on Saturday night to move within a victory of its fifth straight 20-win season. Deonte Burton set season highs with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Cyclones (19-8, 8-6 Big 12), who never trailed despite playing without center Jameel McKay.

Iowa State went on a 15-6 run to open the second half and weathered a few Horned Frogs runs for its 12th home win this season. McKay, averaging 11.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, didn’t play because of what the Cyclones said was a coach’s decision. Freshman forward JD Miller had 19 points and 11 rebounds for TCU (11-16, 2-12), which remained winless in Big 12 road games. Malique Trent scored 17.

Northern Iowa fends off Illinois State 75-66


February 21st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Wes Washpun scored 18 points, Jeremy Morgan added 13, and all five Northern Iowa starters scored in double figures in a 75-66 win over Illinois State Saturday. Paul Jesperson had 12 points while Bennett Koch and Matt Bohannon added 10 apiece for Northern Iowa (16-12, 8-7 Missouri Valley), which bounced back after its six-game win streak was snapped in a loss to Loyola of Chicago on Wednesday.

Northern Iowa led by 14 at halftime but started the second half cold, making 2 of 9 from the field and allowing Illinois State to pull within three, 49-46, with 10:25 left. The Panthers closed with makes on 10 of 13 attempts to stave off a Redbirds comeback in Cedar Falls.

Lisbon’s Happel wins fourth state championship


February 21st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Lisbon’s Carter Happel achieved the ultimate goal for a high school wrestler on the eve of his 19th birthday.Happel became Iowa’s 25th four-time state champion when he beat Dike-New Hartford’s Trent Johnson 7-1 Saturday night to capture the Class 1A title at 145 pounds.

Happel, who will wrestle for the Hawkeyes next year, outmaneuvered the once-unbeaten Johnson after coasting through the first three rounds with two technical falls and a pin. Johnson never had any clean shots, and there was never a doubt Happel would prevail.

The title capped a 52-0 season for Happel, who won his final 169 matches and went 209-1 in his career. Only one Iowa wrestler, Max Thomsen of LaPorte City Union with 210, finished with more victories.

Atlantic/CAM Wrestling places four, Creston O-M wins team title


February 21st, 2016 by Chris Parks

20160220_180845Southwest Iowa and Hawkeye 10 wrestling showed very well at the 2016 Iowa High School Wrestling Championships.  Out of the wrestlers we were following in the KJAN listening area there were 4 State Champions, 6 Runner-Ups, and 25 Place-winners.  Champions were: 3A-152 Colton Clingenpeel of Council Bluffs-Thomas Jefferson, 2A-152 Matt Malcom of Glenwood, 2A-170 Chase Shiltz of Creston/Orient-Macksburg, and 1A-126 Alex Thomsen of Underwood.

The Atlantic/CAM Wrestling team had a very good showing by tying a school record with 4 place-winners in one tournament.  Carter Cox led the way with a Runner-Up finish at 113.  Kole Hansen placed 5th at 106.  Zac Stork finished 8th at 182 and John McConkey was also 8th at 285. All Atlantic/CAM wrestlers that came to the tournament made it past day one with Chase McLaren and Keagan Hosfelt also reprenting the team and coming up short on day 2.  All of Atlantic/CAM’s State Qualifiers aside from Hosfelt will be back on a very strong squad next season.

20160220_215927 The Creston Orient-Macksburg Panthers wrestling team took advantage of a deep, strong team and took the Class 2A team title.  Aside from Shiltz winning a title at 170 the Panthers also had two Runner-Ups in Seth Maitlen at 195 and Wyatt Thompson at 138.  They finished with 90.5 team points and edged out Clarion-Goldfield-Dows by 8 points in the final standings.  Glenwood finished 4th and Atlantic/CAM was 14th.

Also locally McGwire Midkiff of Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson was Runner-Up at 113 pounds in Class 3A.  Nathan Haynes of Missouri Valley was Runner-Up at 160 in Class 1A.  Tim Barr of AHSTW was Runner-Up at 170 in Class 3A.


State Wrestling Final Team Scores (Top 20)


February 20th, 2016 by Chris Parks

1. Alburnett 119.5
2. Lisbon 111.0
3. Newman Catholic-Mason City 52.0
4. Highland-Riverside 50.5
5. Underwood 49.0
6. Missouri Valley 47.5
7. Don Bosco-Gilbertville 46.0
8. Interstate 35 45.0
9. North Linn-Troy Mill 42.5
10. Ogden 42.0
11. Sibley-Ocheyedan 40.0
12. Moravia 37.0
13. Martensdale-St. Mary`s 36.5
13. West Marshall-State Center 36.5
15. Dike-New Hartford 36.0
16. South Central Calhoun 35.5
17. Pleasantville 30.0
17. Wapello 30.0
19. AHSTW 29.0
20. Sumner-Fredericksburg 28.5
1. Creston/Orient-Macksburg 90.5
2. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 82.5
3. Albia 78.0
4. Glenwood 75.0
5. ADM 74.0
6. New Hampton 73.5
7. Mediapolis 72.5
8. Assumption-Davenport 66.0
9. Webster City 63.0
10. South Tama County-Tama 61.0
11. Crestwood-Cresco 57.5
12. Charles City 50.0
13. Clear Lake 49.0
14. Atlantic 45.0
15. West Liberty 42.0
16. Denver/Tripoli 40.0
17. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 39.5
18. Osage 37.0
19. Independence 35.5
20. Perry 30.0
1. Southeast Polk 141.5
2. Fort Dodge 131.5
3. Valley-West Des Moines 113.5
4. Cedar Rapids-Kennedy 72.0
4. Waverly-Shell Rock 72.0
6. Dubuque-Hempstead 66.5
7. Prairie-Cedar Rapids 62.0
8. Epworth-Western Dubuque 57.5
9. Council Bluffs-Thomas Jefferson 52.0
9. Pleasant Valley 52.0
11. Clinton 48.0
11. Dowling Catholic-WDM 48.0
13. Iowa City-West 45.0
14. Linn-Mar-Marion 44.0
14. North Scott-Eldridge 44.0
16. Indianola 42.5
17. Bettendorf 42.0
18. Cedar Rapids-Jefferson 41.0
19. Johnston 40.5
20. Ames 40.0


State Wrestling Finals


February 20th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Check out the full list of medal winners here.

1st Place Match – Kyle Biscoglia (Waukee) 54-1 won by major decision over Nick Oldham (Valley-West Des Moines) 39-8 (MD 9-1)
1st Place Match – Brody Teske (Fort Dodge) 43-0 won by decision over McGwire Midkiff (Council Bluffs-Thomas Jefferson) 52-6 (Dec 9-2)
1st Place Match – Jack Wagner (Bettendorf) 31-0 won by decision over Adam Brown (Southeast Polk) 31-6 (Dec 8-5)
1st Place Match – Triston Lara (Fort Dodge) 41-2 won by decision over Nathan Lendt (Southeast Polk) 34-8 (Dec 9-3)
1st Place Match – Grant Stotts (Valley-West Des Moines) 40-3 won by decision over Austin Yant (Waverly-Shell Rock) 43-9 (Dec 3-2)
1st Place Match – Nelson Brands (Iowa City-West) 54-3 won by decision over Clint Lembeck (Xavier-Cedar Rapids) 41-3 (Dec 6-5)
1st Place Match – Michael Zachary (Dowling Catholic-WDM) 40-0 won by tech fall over Colten Mertens (Mount Pleasant) 41-1 (TF-1.5 4:35 (20-5))
1st Place Match – Colton Clingenpeel (Council Bluffs-Thomas Jefferson) 60-0 won by decision over Logen Rodriguez (Cedar Rapids-Kennedy) 38-8 (Dec 8-2)
1st Place Match – Shea Hartzler (Linn-Mar-Marion) 44-3 won by decision over Jacob Carlson (Mason City) 33-7 (Dec 5-0)
1st Place Match – Marcus Coleman (Ames) 43-1 won by fall over Deion Clayborne (Sioux City-North) 43-2 (Fall 5:29)
1st Place Match – Max Lyon (Epworth-Western Dubuque) 51-0 won by fall over Jamiir Moore (Waverly-Shell Rock) 39-4 (Fall 1:04)
1st Place Match – Sam Cook (Fort Dodge) 45-0 won by decision over Taylor Mehmen (Prairie-Cedar Rapids) 40-6 (Dec 9-6)
1st Place Match – Wyatt Wriedt (North Scott-Eldridge) 46-3 won by decision over Ethan Andersen (Southeast Polk) 39-2 (Dec 12-10)
1st Place Match – Gannon Gremmel (Dubuque-Hempstead) 46-0 won by fall over Aaron Costello (Epworth-Western Dubuque) 49-5 (Fall 2:48)
1st Place Match – Matthew Randone (Assumption-Davenport) 42-8 won by decision over Eric Faught (Clear Lake) 35-1 (Dec 5-4)
1st Place Match – Justin Portillo (Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) 39-2 won by major decision over Carter Cox (Atlantic) 38-6 (MD 9-0)
1st Place Match – Josh Portillo (Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) 44-1 won by decision over Michael Millage (Crestwood-Cresco) 37-6 (Dec 8-6)
1st Place Match – Brock Rathbun (Center Point-Urbana) 48-0 won by decision over Brayden Curry (Sergeant Bluff-Luton) 46-3 (Dec 7-3)
1st Place Match – Keaton Geerts (New Hampton) 50-1 won by decision over Brice Everson (Camanche) 48-3 (Dec 2-0
1st Place Match – Ryan Leisure (Clear Lake) 47-1 won by fall over Wyatt Thompson (Creston/Orient-Macksburg) 51-4 (Fall 7:22)
1st Place Match – Bryce Leshen (Albia) 33-1 won by decision over Brady Brott (Clarion-Goldfield-Dows) 47-4 (Dec 2-1)
1st Place Match – Matt Malcom (Glenwood) 52-1 won by major decision over Joe Kelly (West Liberty) 17-5 (MD 18-5)
1st Place Match – Zach Johnston (ADM) 50-3 won by decision over Trevor Nelson (Solon) 47-4 (Dec 11-4)
1st Place Match – Chase Shiltz (Creston/Orient-Macksburg) 43-1 won by major decision over Nick Holt (Independence) 48-4 (MD 8-0)
1st Place Match – Luke Erickson (Mediapolis) 29-4 won by fall over Nick Baumler (North Fayette Valley) 41-1 (Fall 5:31)
1st Place Match – Izaak Shedenhelm (Denver/Tripoli) 53-2 won by decision over Seth Maitlen (Creston/Orient-Macksburg) 54-4 (Dec 7-2)
1st Place Match – Gavin Dinsdale (Webster City) 44-1 won by fall over Levi Duwa (Mid-Prairie-Wellman) 44-4 (Fall 6:21)
1st Place Match – Carter Isley (Albia) 41-0 won by major decision over Cooper Lawson (Webster City) 37-2 (MD 9-1)
1st Place Match – Donny Schmit (Wapsie Valley-Fairbank) 42-3 won by decision over Samuel Loyd (New London) 47-3 (Dec 5-3)
1st Place Match – Brock Henderson (North Linn-Troy Mill) 47-0 won by decision over Jeremiah Colon (Newman Catholic-Mason City) 36-2 (Dec 4-3)
1st Place Match – Bryce West (Highland-Riverside) 55-0 won by fall over Brady Kyner (Southeast Warren/Melcher-Dallas) 52-1 (Fall 3:26)
1st Place Match – Alex Thomsen (Underwood) 50-0 won by major decision over Drew West (Highland-Riverside) 52-1 (MD 15-7).  Thomsen is undefeated in his career for the Eagles.
1st Place Match – Briar Cochran (Moravia) 52-1 won by decision over Chase McLaughlin (Lisbon) 46-9 (Dec 14-11)
1st Place Match – Nick Williams (Lisbon) 29-1 won by decision over Jacob Krakow (Iowa Valley-Marengo) 52-5 (Dec 6-3)
1st Place Match – Carter Happel (Lisbon) 52-0 won by decision over Trent Johnson (Dike-New Hartford) 43-1 (Dec 7-1). **Happel becomes the 25th all-time 4x State Champion and finishes with a career record of 209-1.
1st Place Match – Conner Shulista (Alburnett) 53-1 won by decision over Zachary Axmear (English Valleys-North English) 52-1 (Dec 6-3)
1st Place Match – Sal Arzani (Interstate 35) 51-1 won by major decision over Nathan Haynes (Missouri Valley) 57-6 (MD 10-2)
1st Place Match – Tanner Sloan (Alburnett) 41-3 won by major decision over Tim Barr (AHSTW) 54-2 (MD 8-0)
1st Place Match – Austin Lentz (Ogden) 44-0 won by decision over Daniel Bishop (Hinton) 46-2 (Dec 6-3)
1st Place Match – Slade Sifuentes (Lake Mills) 56-0 won by decision over Landers Kuboushek (South Winneshiek-Calmar) 48-4 (Dec 8-3)
1st Place Match – Colton Hansen (Newman Catholic-Mason City) 50-3 won by fall over Rylan Richardson (South Central Calhoun) 54-1 (Fall 2:45)
1st Place Match – Jared Brinkman (Regina-Iowa City) 42-0 won by decision over Tim Butcher (Manson Northwest Webster) 43-2 (Dec 2-1)

No. 4 Baylor women win 14th in a row, 78-41 over Iowa State


February 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

WACO, Texas (AP) – Niya Johnson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as No. 4 Baylor overwhelmed Iowa State 78-41 on Saturday for its 14th consecutive victory.
Alexis Jones had 18 points for the Big 12-leading Lady Bears (27-1, 14-1 Big 12). Freshman post player Kalani Brown added 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting along with seven rebounds.

Iowa State (13-13, 5-10) shot only 23 percent from the field (14 of 65) and was outrebounded 64-25. The Lady Bears had five players with at least seven rebounds.
Seanna Johnson led the Cyclones with 12 points, and Meredith Burkhall had 10.

Johnson just missed becoming only the second player in Baylor history with a triple-double while playing 26 minutes. The only other Lady Bear to pull off that feat was former All-America post Brittney Griner (five times). Baylor leading scorer Nina Davis was 2-of-9 shooting for six points, 10 under her average.