Iowa Wrestling Camps

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA 52242


Training camp is for the ultimate competitor. In this camp you will learn some of the most critical aspects of wrestling: technique, conditioning and recovery. Through drilling, conditioning, live wrestling and coach's direction you will develop your body and mind to become an explosive performer on the mat. You will be exposed to the highest level competitors and training program. You will be pushed beyond your comfort zone and take your performance to a whole new level. Led by National, World and Olympic Champions, this camp will give you a mental edge to dominate your opponents.

About Our Coaches

Tom Brands

Three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year Tom Brands is in his 13th season as head wrestling coach at the University of Iowa. A 1996 Olympic gold medalist and member of wrestling’s Hall of Fame, Brands is only the eighth wrestling coach at the University of Iowa. The former Hawkeye wrestler was a four-time All-American and three-time national champion (1989-92) at Iowa. He has a 204-22-1 (.901) overall and 90-10 (.900) Big Ten coaching record at Iowa, and a 221-42-1 (.839) career mark.

In 12seasons as Iowa’s head coach, Brands has led the Hawkeyes to three NCAA and four Big Ten team titles, crowning 11 NCAA champions, 15 Big Ten champions and 66 All-Americans. Iowa has had 99 Academic All-Big Ten recipients, including a school-record 12 in 2011-12. The Hawkeyes have qualified 109 wrestlers for the NCAA Championships in the last 12 years, sending the entire 10-man lineup in 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2015. Iowa has also won or shared eight of the last 11 Big Ten regular season titles.

Iowa also made another entry in the record books, setting the national collegiate dual meet attendance record of 42,287 when Iowa defeated top-ranked Oklahoma State, 18-16, on Nov. 14, 2015 at the Grapple on the Gridiron at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa has led the nation in attendance in each of Brands’ 12 seasons, setting an NCAA all-time attendance average of 12,166 in 2015-16.

Brands was named 2008 NWCA Coach of the Year after leading the Hawkeyes to their first NCAA team title since 2000 and their first Big Ten team title since 2004. He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010, becoming the first coach in conference history to earn the honor in three consecutive seasons.

Brands served as head coach at Virginia Tech University for two seasons (2005-06), recording a 17-20 dual mark. In his first season with the Hokies, Brands led the team to the 2005 regular season Atlantic Coast Conference title, set a school record for dual meet wins (16) and had a school-record five wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships. During his tenure, Virginia Tech crowned five ACC champions and had two All-Americans. Senior heavyweight Mike Faust was named 2006 ACC Wrestler of the Year.

Prior to taking the helm at Virginia Tech, Brands was an assistant coach at Iowa for 12 seasons (1993-2004). He helped the Hawkeyes to a 177-27 dual record, seven NCAA and eight Big Ten team titles, while crowning 23 NCAA champions, 73 All-Americans and 36 Big Ten champions. He was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000.

In 2004, he was one of three coaches for the U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team, participating in Athens, and in 2016 he was named a volunteer coach of the United States Olympic team in Rio. Brands also served as assistant coach for the U.S. Freestyle World Teams in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2013, 2014, and 2015. He was named Freestyle Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling in 2002 and 2003. He has coached a number of other U.S. teams in international competition.

As a competitor, Brands won the 1996 Olympic freestyle gold medal at 136.5 pounds in Atlanta, Georgia. He also won a gold medal at the 1993 World Freestyle Championships in Toronto, two World Cup gold medals (1994, 1995) and was the 1995 Pan American Games champion. He won four U.S. National titles (1993-96) and made four straight U.S. World or Olympic teams (1993-96). Along with his twin brother, Terry, Tom was named 1993 USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year, the 1993 John Smith Outstanding Freestyle Wrestler, and 1993 Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year. He was inducted into wrestling’s Hall of Fame in 2001.

Brands was a four-time All-American at Iowa (1989-92). During his Hawkeye career, he won three NCAA titles and was named Outstanding Wrestler of the 1992 NCAA Championships. Also a three-time Big Ten champion, Brands won 95 percent of his matches at Iowa. His career mark of 158-7-2 includes an undefeated season in 1991 (45-0).

Camp Details

The All positions technique camp will work on the awareness, approach, style and system of technique to enhance your chain Wrestling, Return to mat, preventing scrambles and defense to offense. Learn from the best Iowa Wrestling has to offer!
For a more complete Hawkeye wrestling experience, we offer campers the opportunity to combine the All Position Technique Camp and the Competition Camp Over the course of six days. Campers will be immersed in both a technique camp & the Competition Camp which is focused on getting kids matches.

This will be the most personalized attention your kid can get in the country by working one on one with the best staff.


The University of Iowa Competition Camp is centered around getting the campers 10-12 matches. During these matches we will have clinicians that will be watching and observing the campers while they wrestle. After their match the clinicians will communicate with the camper what they saw while the camper was wrestling. The campers will get instant feedback of what they did that was good and what they can work on.

At this camp you will be broken into small groups of 10-15 kids based on size. You will learn to push your body and mind through wrestling, running and lifting by our counselors who are our current Iowa Wrestlers.