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…

Overtime with Cade Brownlee

Cade Brownlee was not a name that was on most Iowa wrestling fans radar last week but they are all aware of him now! The Senior from Creighton Prep in Nebraska committed to wrestle for coach Tom Brands and the Iowa Hawkeyes last week after coming to Iowa City on a visit the prior weekend.…

Overtime with Sam Cook

We got the opportunity to have a conversation with Fort Dodge 195 pound state champion Sam Cook on what he has been up to this summer and what his future in the sport of wrestling looks like. Currently ranked the #68 overall recruit in the 2016 class (InterMat), he looks to have a bright future as an upperweight…

Overtime with Jack Wagner

Recently I got the opportunity to have a talk with Bettendorf’s two-time state champion, Jack Wagner. Since the middle of last year, Wagner has made his push into the national weight class rankings, and is ranked in the top 15 by both Flowrestling and InterMat. Not being able to get into the Bulldog lineup until he…

Overtime with Carter Isley

Carter Isley of Albia has been quickly climbing the ranks of the best high school wrestlers from the state of Iowa over the last 3 years. He found his way onto the podium as a freshman before making the finals as a Sophomore and then winning his first state title as a junior. Now this…

Overtime with Gannon Gremmel

Gannon Gremmel of Dubuque Hempstead made waves as a freshman when he made a run to the state finals at 220 pounds. He is now a three-time state place winner heading into his senior season. Training out of the Slamin’ Stangs club in Dubuque, Gremmel has also made a name for himself on the national…

Overtime with Brock Rathbun

Recently I had a chance to catch up with three time state finalist Brock Rathbun of Center Point Urbana. Brock has been rising up the national rankings and recruiting lists after winning his second state title during his junior season. He was recently ranked third in our pound for pound senior class rankings. Check out…

Overtime with Carter Happel

Many wrestling fans around Iowa have known the Happel name for years since Dean Happel was winning his 3rd state title at Lisbon back in 1984. In recent years the talk has switched to his growing family and his boys who have made a big name for themselves wrestling for Lisbon. Now the oldest boy,…

Overtime with Jacob Holschlag

The Panthers keep the recruits coming, nabbing another in-state and Union High School wrestler in Jacob Holschlag. He and teammate Max Thomsen look to help push Union to state titles in their senior seasons. Holschlag is project to wrestle at 174 or 184 for UNI. He is the defending 2A 160 pound state champion, going…

Overtime with SDSU Commit Henry Pohlmeyer

Henry Pohlmeyer is nationally ranked in the 120 pound weight class and considered one of the top pound for pound senior wrestlers in Iowa (InterMat). Projected at 125 or 133 for college, Pohlmeyer is a two-time Iowa high school place winner, including a State title as a sophomore at 106 (37-5 season record).  He was a runner-up his Junior…