A Full Offseason on Tap for Valley’s Joel Shapiro

Over the last year and a half there aren’t many wrestlers in Iowa that have seen their stock spike like Valley wrestler Joel Shapiro’s has. After winning five straight matches to take third as a sophomore at 145 pounds, Shapiro added some size and went on a tear during the summer, upsetting top 10 ranked Nate…

Overtime with Waukee’s Kyle Biscoglia

Half way through the season did you think you could be a state champ at 113lbs? I never thought about wrestling at the state tournament at 113.  I always believed that if I kept working hard I would go to state at 106.  I had some great battles at 113, but I always felt small…

Overtime with Max Lyon

IA Wrestle: Coming so close as a sophomore, how does it feel to be an Iowa state champion? Max Lyon: Being a state champion is definitely all its cracked up to be! Getting second the year before makes it all the better. You placed fourth as a freshman, second as a sophomore, and now as…

Overtime with Chase Shiltz

IA Wrestle: How does it feel to get back on top of the podium at state after missing quite a bit of time with injury this season? Chase Shiltz: It feels pretty good being on top of the podium again this year. With the injury and having to sit out was a minor set back.…

Overtime with Michael Millage

IA Wrestle: You finished runner-up as a sophomore this past season. What are your thoughts on that match with Josh Portillo? Michael Millage: It was a hard fought match and it obviously didn’t end the way I wanted but I feel like I controlled most of the match and wrestled until the whistle blew. Are you…

Overtime with Brayden Curry

IA Wrestle: You had another great season and are now a three-time place winner and two-time state finalist. Did you expect to have this kind of success when you entered high school? Brayden Curry: I had goals for myself when I entered high school that were put on hold due to a serious injury. With the help…

Overtime with Triston Lara of Fort Dodge

IA Wrestle: Congrats on your first state title, how does it feel to be an Iowa high school state champion? Triston Lara: It was a great feeling, one that I always have craved, and Fort Dodge has a huge wrestling fan base. It was awesome having tons of people from Fort Dodge that were super…

Overtime with Fort Dodge’s Brody Teske

IA Wrestle: How did it feel to finish on top of the podium for the second straight year? It feels great to end the season with another title, although it was expected. You were one of high school wrestling’s most dominant wrestlers, how have you been able to take your wrestling up another level this…

Overtime with Keaton Geerts

IA Wrestle: How does it feel to be an Iowa state champion? Keaton Geerts: It feels great to be an Iowa state wrestling champ. I put in a lot more work this year than last, so it feels good for the hard work to payoff. Who is someone significant that has supported you in your…

Overtime with Underwood sophomore Alex Thomsen

IA Wrestle: How did it feel to finish on top of the podium for the second straight year? Alex Thomsen: It felt absolutely great to finish on top again this year, last year was the big “test” and I took that tournament very serious. This year was a little more laid back and a lot…

Overtime with Highland’s Bryce West

IA Wrestle: How did it feel to finish on top of the podium for the second straight year? Bryce West: It felt great to be back on top of the podium again for the second year in a row. You earned a fall in the finals, why is that you have been able to just…

Overtime with North Scott’s Wyatt Wriedt

This past weekend Wyatt Wriedt of North Scott pulled off the shocker or all shockers when he defeated Southeast Polk’s Ethan Andersen in the 220 pound 3A finals. The win (along with an excellent 2015 summer which included a top four finish at Fargo) have moved Wriedt into the top 20 rankings on InterMat. Wyatt…

Overtime with two-time state champion Ryan Leisure

Fresh off earning his second state title, Clear Lake’s Ryan Lesiure caught up with us to talk about winning his second title and what the future holds for him. IA Wrestle: How does it feel to be a two-time Iowa high school state champion? Ryan Leisure: It feels really good being a 2 time state…

Overtime with Harvard Commit Donovan Doyle

On Sunday, October 18th Iowa City West standout Donovan Doyle committed to Harvard to continue his wrestling career and getting an Ivy league degree on top of it. A wrestlers with family ties to the east coast, Doyle will wrestle 195 for the Trojans this coming season. Doyle also joins former Southeast Polk state champion…

Overtime with Hawkeye commit Tristan Johnson

Today, the Hawkeyes landed the commitment of Osage standout Tristan Johnson. This past season Johnson was the 2A runner-up at 152 pounds falling to Chase Straw of Independence. This year Johnson will be back, this time up at 160 pounds where he will look to finish his career as an Iowa High school state champion.…

Overtime with Future Hawkeye Matt Malcom

Iowa state place winner Matt Malcom of Glenwood visited Iowa a couple of weeks ago with a big group of recruits including recent commit Cade Brownlee. Last week Malcom committed to the Hawkeyes as well to join Brownlee, Alex Marinelli, and Kaleb Young in the Iowa class of 2016. Matt placed 5th at 152 pounds…