Dale Brand

1978 Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee

April 10, 1914 – July 31, 2004

When conversation about Iowa’s top high school wrestling coaches comes up, one of the first people to be mentioned is Dale Brand.

The head wrestling coach at Clarion High School from 1940 until his retirement in 1978, Brand posted a meet record that is one of the tops in Iowa-251 wins, 78 losses, and 5 ties.

During his years at Clarion, Brand coached no less than 24 state champions. His long list of accomplishments also includes coaching one Olympic Champion, two NCAA Champions, eight All-Americans, and nine Big Eight Conference Champions.

A native of the Fort Dodge area, Brand was a noted wrestler in his own right. While a student athlete at Cornell College, he captured an NCAA title in 1937 at 126 pounds. He moved up to 135 pounds the following year and placed second in the NCAA meet. In 1936, he was an alternate on the Olympic wrestling team.

Brand began his wrestling career for Fort Dodge High School, capturing a state title in 1934 after finishing second the previous year.

But it was his highly successful 38 years of coaching at Clarion High School that earned Brand a spot in the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, a record that placed Clarion into an exclusive list of Iowa wrestling powers for many years.

Dale Brand was inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1978.

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High School
Fort Dodge High School

CoachFred Cooper

Cornell College

CoachRichard Barker

  • High School State Champion, 1934
  • Member 1936 US Olympic Team
  • NCAA Champion 1937
  • NCAA Runner-up 1938



  • Clarion High School 1940-1978
  • 24 State Champions