June 5, 2006
IOWA CITY, IA – Former Hawkeye Terry Brands was one of four Distinguished Members inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, OK, last weekend. The two-time World champion and 2000 Olympic bronze medalist joined his twin brother, Tom, as a Distinguished Member. Tom, the University of Iowa head wrestling coach, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. The Brands’ are the first set of twin brothers to be inducted.
Terry Brands was a two-time World Cup Champion and gold medalist at the 1995 Pan American Games. He also won three U.S. Nationals titles and the World Team Trials five times. While competing for the Hawkeyes, Brands was a two-time NCAA and three-time Big Ten champion. The three-time all-American posted a 137-7 career record at Iowa.
Brands is the National Freestyle Resident Coach for USA Wrestling. His past coaching experience includes a three-year stint as head coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and assistant coaching positions at Montana-State Northern, the University of Nebraska and the University of Iowa.
Also inducted into the Hall of Fame were Tricia Saunders, of Phoenix, AZ, Pat Smith of Stillwater, OK, and Josiah Henson of Tulsa, OK.