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    ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    I haven't seen this posted but it is a good read. Mechelle Voepel has written several good wrestling pieces throughout this season.
    Iowa remains heartbeat of collegiate wrestling - ESPN



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    Re: ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    GREAT article.



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    Re: ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    I would love to see ISU back in the #1 spot.



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    Re: ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    Too bad it features mostly Hawkeye stuff.


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    Re: ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    Good article. Would have been cool to mention more about the High School wrestling too and the tourney in Des Moines. The number of people and how quickly it sells out is almost Duke/Coach K basketball-esque.



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    Re: ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by timappelgate View Post
    Too bad it features mostly Hawkeye stuff.
    In all fairness Iowa has been DOMINANT when it comes to wrestling. ISU has been good but no where near the level of Iowa since Gable took over.

    ISU has had some great wrestlers, the two greatest of all time IMO but Gables legacy is more for his dominance in coaching than as a wrestler even though he was a 3X NCAA champ and a runner up.

    Its awesome as a former HS wrestler to see the vast history behind the sport. I knew some of these facts but didnt realize how many Iowans (either residents or wrestlers) there were involved in the college ranks that have ties back the either the state or one of the two big programs.


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    Re: ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by timappelgate View Post
    Too bad it features mostly Hawkeye stuff.
    Hard to blame them. Iowa has won, what, 12 or 14 national titles since our last one? Gable is the centerpiece of the article and there's no debate where his loyalties lie.

    All that said it was a well written article and it's nice to have some exposure for the sport. I do wish they would have gotten some quotes from the in-state kids.



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    Re: ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    Good article



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    Re: ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    They had a seperate article today (linked from that article) about the impact of MMA on Wrestling. That one was entirely about Jackson, as he has some MMA experience in his background.



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    Re: ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by CykoAGR View Post
    In all fairness Iowa has been DOMINANT when it comes to wrestling. ISU has been good but no where near the level of Iowa since Gable took over.

    ISU has had some great wrestlers, the two greatest of all time IMO but Gables legacy is more for his dominance in coaching than as a wrestler even though he was a 3X NCAA champ and a runner up.

    Its awesome as a former HS wrestler to see the vast history behind the sport. I knew some of these facts but didnt realize how many Iowans (either residents or wrestlers) there were involved in the college ranks that have ties back the either the state or one of the two big programs.
    He was only a 2x Champ.



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    Re: ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    Very well written article. I agree, Iowa has been dominate so they deserve the amount of coverage they got. I also agree that I wish they would have touched on the high school tournament as well. I went this year for the first time in like 4 or 5 years and still got the chills when I heard "Gentlemen Please Clear The Mats."


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    Re: ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    Glad to see the whole sport get some press instead of one person.


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    Re: ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    Great article, but she spelled Humboldt incorrectly.



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    Re: ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    That was a great read. I didn't know how much impact the state of Iowa actually has on in the sport.


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    Re: ESPN Article about wrestling in the State of Iowa

    Although its hard to like Brands, it makes me think that we really don't want UI to drop off in its abilities in the sport, we just want ISU right up there battling with them for that national title every year. That would be the best scenario for the state and its wrestling tradition.



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