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A native of Hawaii and pioneer in the sport of women's wrestling, Chun was a 2008 world champion and 2012 Olympic bronze-medalist, the first medal ever from an American in women's wrestling. Chun continues to shatter boundaries when she was named the head coach of the Iowa women's wrestling program in 2021, the first NCAA women's varsity program from a D1 Power 5 conference.

  1. Women's Weekly: 15-Year-Old Wins Midlands

    Women's Weekly: 15-Year-Old Wins Midlands

    Jan 4, 2023

    Carley Ceshker just won the Midlands Championships as a freshman — in high school.
  2. Women's Weekly: The Rise Of Adaugo Nwachukwu

    Women's Weekly: The Rise Of Adaugo Nwachukwu

    Dec 19, 2022

    Adaugo Nwachukwu's wrestling journey seems nearly impossible. Nwachukwu left Nigeria for California in 2018 and found the sport as a sophomore. She expected rings and ropes but realized quickly that high school wrestling was far different than the theatrics seen on television.
  3. Women's Weekly: Iowa Passes First Test

    Women's Weekly: Iowa Passes First Test

    Nov 21, 2022

    Clarissa Chun has been on the recruiting trail during her first year as head coach at the University of Iowa. The former Olympic bronze medalist sought the best talent from across the country to Iowa City.
  4. Born To Be A Hawkeye! Lilly Luft Signs With Iowa
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    Born To Be A Hawkeye! Lilly Luft Signs With Iowa

    Sep 30, 2022

    Charles City senior Lilly Luft reflects on her decision to sign with the Hawkeyes and the influence of her late brother, Logan.

  5. Iowa Prep Star Chooses The Hawkeyes

    Iowa Prep Star Chooses The Hawkeyes

    Sep 29, 2022

    Lilly Luft was wrestling with pain, so she turned to the sport her brother dedicated his life to. On July 15, 2017, Logan Luft — an incoming freshman at Charles City High School — lost his life at the age of 15 in an ATV accident.
  6. Women's Weekly: Amit Elor Makes History

    Women's Weekly: Amit Elor Makes History

    Sep 22, 2022

    Three of four World Championships are complete following a historic performance by the U.S. women’s freestyle team in Belgrade, Serbia. The team finished second behind Japan and crowned three individual World champions and won seven total medals.
  7. Clarissa Chun Talks Iowa's Star-Studded Staff And Overwhelming Recruiting Interest
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    Clarissa Chun Talks Iowa's Star-Studded Staff And Overwhelming Recruiting Interest

    Jul 29, 2022

    Iowa women's coach Clarissa Chun discusses how the Hawkeyes landed assistants Gary Mayabb and Tonya Verbeek and how the program is handling an avalanche of interested prospects.

  8. Women's Weekly: Fargo Fever

    Women's Weekly: Fargo Fever

    Jul 21, 2022

    The past week has been filled with women’s wrestling news — and all of it is exciting. Here are the highlights.
  9. Key Moments In Iowa Women's Wrestling History

    Key Moments In Iowa Women's Wrestling History

    Jul 18, 2022

    1993 — Atina Bibbs of Davenport is the first Iowan to win a Senior National title.
  10. Iowa Adds 3x Olympic Medalist To Coaching Staff

    Iowa Adds 3x Olympic Medalist To Coaching Staff

    Jul 15, 2022

    Clarissa Chun keeps adding pieces to the Iowa women's wrestling program, and she just landed one of the best coaches in the world to be her assistant. Tonya Verbeek -- a six-time World/Olympic medalist -- will join Gary Mayabb on staff with Chun leading the way.
  11. 2022 National Wrestling Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
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    2022 National Wrestling Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Jun 28, 2022

    Experience a highlight of what it was like to be at the 45th annual Induction Ceremony for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

  12. Sterling Dias Commits To Iowa

    Sterling Dias Commits To Iowa

    May 20, 2022

    Iowa’s recruiting haul continues to grow with the addition of two-time Cadet World medalist Sterling Dias. Dias is currently ranked third in the nation at 106 pounds, which will add depth to the lower weights.
  13. Women's Weekly: NAIA Gets Championship Status

    Women's Weekly: NAIA Gets Championship Status

    Apr 13, 2022

    A big piece of news for women’s wrestling dropped over the weekend when the NAIA voted to adopt women’s wrestling as its 28th national championship sport beginning next season. An NAIA Invitational has taken place since 2019 but this will be the first time women's wrestling will have an officially-sanctioned collegiate national championship at any level.
  14. Iowa Women Pick Up Two More Commitments

    Iowa Women Pick Up Two More Commitments

    Apr 12, 2022

    Iowa coach Clarissa Chun just added commitments #9 and #10 to its monster inaugural recruiting class. Sam Calkins (#1 at 200 pounds) and Bell Mir (#6 at 144 pounds) confirmed that they will wrestle for the Hawkeyes.
  15. Women's Weekly: Every U.S. World Medalist

    Women's Weekly: Every U.S. World Medalist

    Apr 6, 2022

    The United States entered the Senior Women's World Championships for the first time in 1989. Since that time there have been 38 women who have combined for 93 World and Olympic medals, including 10 women who have won a total of 23 World/Olympic titles.