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Tom Brands

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Tom Brands

Team: Freestyle
Weight Class: 136.5
1995-96 Team USA Ranking: No. 1
Years on Team USA: 3 (1993-96)
Residence: Iowa City, Iowa
College: Univ. of Iowa
High School: Sheldon, Iowa (Community HS)
Born: April 9, 1968 in Omaha, Neb.
Height: 5' 5"

Career Highlights

  • Third in 1996 Yarygin Tournament (Russia)
  • Ninth in 1995 World Championships
  • 1994-95 World Cup champion
  • 1995 Pan American Games champion
  • Member of 1994 U.S. World Team
  • 1994 Cerro Pelado Tournament champion (Cuba)
  • 1993 World Champion
  • 1993 Krasnoyarsk Tournament champion (Russia)
  • Third in 1992 Sunkist International Duals
  • Second in 1991 U.S. Open International
  • Third in 1989 Trophe Milone Tournament (Italy)


  • Four-time U.S. Nationals champion (1993-96)
  • 1993-95 World Team Trials champion
  • Third in 1991 U.S. Nationals
  • Third in 1988 Espoir Nationals
  • Fifth in the 1987 Junior Nationals
  • Sixth in the 1986 Junior Nationals

Competed for Dan Gable at Univ. of Iowa
NCAA champion as a senior, junior and sophomore from 1990-92
Fourth in 1989 NCAA meet as a freshman
Graduated in 1992 with a degree in physical education

High School:
Competed for Galen Nelson at Sheldon Community HS in Iowa
State Champion as a junior in 1986 State runner-up as a sophomore in 1985

Works as an assistant coach at Univ. of Iowa
Tom has a twin brother, Terry, who is also a World Champion in 1993, making the Brands twins became the first U.S. brothers to win World gold medals the same year
Hobbies include outdoor activities

Along with brother, Terry, was named 1993 USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year, 1993 John Smith Outstanding Freestyle Wrestler, and 1993 Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year
1995 USOC SportsMan of the Month for April

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