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Tom Brands is easily rated as one of the top intensity wrestlers this sport has ever seen. His work ethic has rarely, if ever, been matched on the mat. In college, Brands was a force for the Iowa Hawkeyes, capturing the "Gablesque" mentality of the sport by constantly attacking and putting pressure on his opponents. Tom Brands was a four time All-American and three time NCAA national champion in college. He built off his collegiate success and competed for the U.S. in freestyle. Brands won the Gold medal at both the World Championships in 1993 and at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.He continues today as the head coach of the Iowa Hawkeye program to lead the new generation of Iowa wrestlers.

  1. Is This The Golden Age Of American Wrestling?

    Is This The Golden Age Of American Wrestling?

    Jun 16, 2022

    USA Wrestling executive director Rich Bender has consistently called this a golden age for American wrestling. And if you look at the output at the senior international level — he’s right.
  2. Tom Brands Receives Contract Extension Through 2029

    Tom Brands Receives Contract Extension Through 2029

    Mar 14, 2022

    University of Iowa Wrestling
  3. Coach Smith vs Coach Brands: By The Numbers

    Coach Smith vs Coach Brands: By The Numbers

    Feb 10, 2022

    We're night upon the 55th meeting between the bluest of college wrestling's bluebloods. Directing those programs are the Hawkeyes' helmsman Tom Brands, now in year 16 of his tenure, and John Smith, who is in his 31st year of corraling the Cowboys.
  4. Top 100: By The Numbers

    Top 100: By The Numbers

    Feb 1, 2022

    Below is a full listing of FloWrestling's Top 100 American Wrestlers of All Time along with college wrestling affiliations. Several went to multiple colleges, which is why a wrestler may be listed more than once.
  5. The Top 100 Countdown: 20-11

    The Top 100 Countdown: 20-11

    Dec 31, 2021

    The countdown continues as FloWrestling releases its top 100 greatest American wrestlers of all time. The inaugural episode was released on November 4 and will end with the announcement of the greatest wrestler of all time on January 10, 2022.
  6. The Super Staffs Of The NCAA

    The Super Staffs Of The NCAA

    Sep 17, 2021

    For some time now the topic in major team sports leagues has been the formation of super teams and what they can accomplish. With the movement in coaching this summer the question should now arise: what about coaching super staffs in college wrestling? Some may come easily to mind but there are more than you may think.
  7. NCAA Notes: No ACLs, No Problem For Spencer Lee

    NCAA Notes: No ACLs, No Problem For Spencer Lee

    Mar 21, 2021

    A mystery came unwrapped Saturday night when Spencer Lee stood in front of a national television audience and unveiled what’s been underneath his two black knee sleeves. 
  8. Austin DeSanto Out Of Parade Of AAs, Medal Ceremony

    Austin DeSanto Out Of Parade Of AAs, Medal Ceremony

    Mar 20, 2021

    After placing third at 133 lbs at this weekend's NCAA Championships, an incident with the NCAA media officials led to Austin DeSanto being removed from the Parade of All-Americans and medal ceremony. Head Coach Tom Brands commented on the situation.
  9. Iowa Head Coach Tom Brands Tests Positive for COVID-19

    Iowa Head Coach Tom Brands Tests Positive for COVID-19

    Feb 4, 2021

    IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands has tested positive for COVID-19. Brands tested positive during his regularly scheduled rapid antigen test Wednesday morning, followed by a PCR test to confirm the diagnosis.
  10. Dan Gable's Impressive Coaching Tree

    Dan Gable's Impressive Coaching Tree

    Dec 21, 2020

    This article was originally published on June 10, 2020 but was updated on December 21, 2020 to reflect minor changes.
  11. The Top 10 Iowa Wrestling Storylines Of 2019-20, Ranked

    The Top 10 Iowa Wrestling Storylines Of 2019-20, Ranked

    May 21, 2020

    Between the talent, history, and personalities surrounding Iowa Wrestling, I’m not sure there was a more news-worthy team than the Hawkeyes over the course of the 2019-20 coronavirus-shortened season. I mean, seriously: Tom Brands and Austin DeSanto alone generate a good amount of headlines, then you have Spencer Lee, a few hundred past national championships, a lot of salty rivalries, and much more. 
  12. The 2020 Flo NCAA Award For Coach Of The Year

    The 2020 Flo NCAA Award For Coach Of The Year

    Apr 20, 2020

    Nobody got the ending they wanted from the 2019-20 season. Covid-19 canceled the NCAA Championship Tournament, truncating a superb season before it could be properly concluded. But that doesn't mean we can't honor the extraordinary efforts the student-athletes put forth on the mat.
  13. Why Mocco Was A Once In A Generation Heavyweight

    Why Mocco Was A Once In A Generation Heavyweight

    Apr 4, 2020

    Steve Mocco is what you would call a cult of personality — mostly of New Jersey personality — but personality all the same. There are very few single-named icons in the world, and in the case of the wrestling community, the number of single-named monikers is even rarer. 
  14. Robbed Of A Shot At The National Title, Iowa Wrestling Fights On

    Robbed Of A Shot At The National Title, Iowa Wrestling Fights On

    Mar 18, 2020

    In November of last year, I sat down with Dan Gable for almost an hour. 
  15. Week 14 Roundup: Penn State vs Iowa Slugfest & Two New #1's

    Week 14 Roundup: Penn State vs Iowa Slugfest & Two New #1's

    Feb 3, 2020

    Penn State and Iowa put on the best dual in recent memory on Friday night. That dual headlined a slate of action that gave wrestling fans plenty to chew on until next weekend. Here are the biggest stories of the week.