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Wrestling Icons- Terry Brands
Posted on October 21, 2011 , by charley
Terry Brands is not one to walk in his brothers’ shadow. Born on the same day as his twin Tom Brands, Terry is also a significant American Wrestler and has done a lot for the wrestling community.
Starting his career early like his brother, Terry went to the University of Iowa where he competed in the 126 pound category and won the NCAA twice in the years of 1990 and 1992. In 1992 Terry Brands was the Big Ten Champion with a season of 35-0, making him the most Outstanding Wrestler at The Big Ten. Due to this achievement, he was ranked the number 1 amateur wrestler for the entire season. A magical moment for Brands in 2011 was when he and his brother won the Most Valuable Wrestler Award.
Terry won 2 World Championships in 1993 in Toronto and 1995 in Atlanta, both in the freestyle 57kg events. In the same year he won gold in Atlanta he also won the prestigious gold in the Pan America Games in the same category. Wrestling through these years lead him to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, where he won the Bronze medal for his beloved United States of America. In his career he went 137-7-0-48 which is a marvel to behold and a career highlight for Brands.
In 2002 he started his head wrestling coaching career at the University of Tennessee, where he coached and trained up and coming wrestlers like Christopher Bird and Matthew Wilbanks.
Now working at the University of Iowa for the Hawkeyes with his brother Tom, Terry has reached his peak and is over the moon with how his wrestling career spanned out. With the Brands twins side by side as head coach and assistant, many years of experience puts a great foundation to give to the new and upcoming wrestlers of today.
They both have a multiple of VHS/DVDs out that help people with certain aspects of their wrestling technique, ranging from attacks, hand fighting, positioning and more importantly learning the fundamentals.
Terry Brands is a credit to behold and we thank him for all that he has done and all that he is doing today, thank you sir.