Tom Brands, 2001 Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee

Tom Brands

Tom Brands, like his twin brother Terry, began his wrestling career in Sheldon where he compiled an impressive 109-12 high school record that included a state championship in 1986 when he went 34-0. While at Sheldon Tom also set a record for most takedowns in a season with 158 in 1986 as well as most points with 477 the same year. Tom also shares a school record with his brother for near falls in a single season with 32.

Under the teachings of Dan Gable at the University of Iowa, Tom came into his own and became one of the most dominate wrestlers in Iowa history. Tom was a three time NCAA champion from 1990-1993 at either 126 pounds or 134 pounds. At Iowa Tom compiled a 158-7-2 record that included 46 falls.

Tom then wrestled internationally and won the World Championship at 136.5 pounds in 1993 while also winning the Olympic Gold medal in Atlanta, GA in 1996.

Tom is now the assistant wrestling coach at the University of Iowa and was named NWCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000 after the Hawkeyes won their sixth straight national championship.

Tom was inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2001 and, along with his twin brother Terry, was introduced at the ceremonies by Dan Gable.


Tom Brands

COACH: Glen Nelson
RECORD: 109-12

  • 1986 State Champion

COLLEGE: University of Iowa
COACH: Dan Gable
RECORD: 158-7-2
  • NCAA Champion 1991
  • NCAA Champion 1992
  • NCAA Champion 1993
  • World Champion 1993
  • Olympic Gold Medalist 1996

  • Two-time Junior Freestyle All-American 1986-87
  • Four-time U.S. Open Champion 1993-96
  • Four-time NCAA All-American
  • Three-time Big 10 Champion
  • Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year 1993
  • USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year 1993
  • NCAA Outstanding Wrestler 1992
  • Big 10 Outstanding Wrestler 1989
  • Pan Am Games Champion 1995
  • Krasnoyarsk, Russian Champion 1993
  • Cerro Pelado Champion 1994
  • World Cup Champion 1994 and 1995