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Championship Productions Authors to Appear in NWCA National Duals Championship Series

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 15, 2016

The matchups for this year’s NWCA National Duals Championship Series have been released, and Championship Productions authors and their teams are well-represented. Out of the 16 teams competing, nine have coaches who have produced wrestling videos with Championship.

For the full release on the event, head over to to get their insight on the Duals.


Friday – February 19

Iowa State at Minnesota – 7:30 p.m. – Williams Arena

Get coaching instruction from Iowa State head coach Kevin Jackson!

Saturday – February 20

Lehigh at Rutgers – 8 p.m. EST – RAC

Sunday – February 21

Oklahoma State at Penn State – 5 p.m. – Rec Hall

Get coaching instruction from Oklahoma State head coach John Smith and his coaching staff!

Virginia Tech at Michigan – 2 p.m. – Cliff Keen Arena

Get coaching instruction from Virginia Tech head coach Kevin Dresser!

Appalachian State at Indiana – 1 p.m. EST – University Gym

Get coaching instruction from Indiana head coach Duane Goldman!

Missouri at Nebraska – 2 p.m. CST – Bob Devaney Sports Center

Get coaching instruction from Nebraska head coach Mark Manning!

Monday – February 22

Edinboro at Ohio State – 7 p.m. – St. John Arena

Get coaching instruction from Edinboro head coach Tim Flynn and assistant coach Cliff Moore!

Get coaching instruction from Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan!

North Carolina State at Iowa – 7 p.m. CST – Carver Hawkeye Arena

Get coaching instruction from Iowa head coach Tom Brands and associate head coach Terry Brands!

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Cornell Ranked #1 in the NWCA / USA Today Division I Wrestling Poll!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Cornell wrestling team, coached by Rob Koll, Jeremy Spates, and Matt Azevedo, became the first-ever Ivy League school to hold down the top spot in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll.  The Big Red were a unanimous No. 1 on the 11 ballots prior to the season and finished with 275 points.

Championship Productions has produced instructional wrestling DVDs with various top 25 coaches.  The complete NWCA / USA Today Division rankings are below:

1.  Cornell  (Coached by Rob Koll, Jeremy Spates, and Matt Azevedo)
2.  Boise State
3.  Oklahoma State  (Coached by John Smith and Eric Guerrero)
4.  Minnesota  (Coached by J. Robinson)
5.  Wisconsin  (Coached by Barry Davis)
6.  Penn State  (Coached by Troy Letters)
7.  Iowa  (Coached by Tom Brands and Terry Brands)
8.  Oklahoma
9.  Central Michigan  (Coached by Tom Borrelli)
10.  Illinois
11.  Missouri
12.  Ohio State  (Coached by Tom Ryan)
13.  Nebraska  (Coached by Mark Manning)
14.  Pittsburgh
15.  Lehigh
16.  Arizona State  (Coached by Ben Askren)
17.  Virginia Tech  (Coached by Kevin Dresser)
18.  Michigan
19.  Iowa State  (Coached by Kevin Jackson)
20.  Northwestern  (Coached by Tim Cysewski)
21.  Purdue
22.  Oregon State
23.  Rutgers (Coached by Cory Cooperman)
24.  Virginia
25.  Cal Poly  (Coached by Mark Perry)

Tom Brands Named As A Top Student-Athlete in Big Ten History!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, September 2, 2010

Big Ten Icons, produced by the Big Ten Network, has named Tom Brands as one of the top 50 student-athletes in Big Ten history based solely on their collegiate playing careers.

Brands, who wrestled for Iowa from 1989-92, was a four-time All-American and three-time NCAA champion in the 134-pound division.  He was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the 1992 NCAA Championships.  The native of Sheldon, Iowa, led the Hawkeyes to consecutive national titles and posted an individual career record of 158-7-2.

A three-time Big Ten Wrestling Coach of the Year honoree, Brands is in his fifth season at the helm for the Hawkeyes.  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.  He has an 82-6 overall and 29-3 Big Ten coaching record at Iowa, and a 99-26 career mark.  Iowa has won the last three NCAA and Big Ten team titles, posting a 68-1 dual record.  The Hawkeyes have also won the last three Big Ten dual meet regular season titles, sporting perfect 8-0 conference dual marks each year.

Brands, Hawkeyes Win Third Straight NCAA Wrestling Championship!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Saturday, March 20, 2010

The University of Iowa wrestling program, led by Tom Brands and Terry Brands, crowned three NCAA champions, eight all-Americans, and won its third-straight national team title at the Qwest Center in Omaha, NE.  The Hawkeyes’ 23rd NCAA team title was fueled by Matt McDonough, Brent Metcalf, and Jay Borschel’s individual championships – the first time Iowa crowned three champions since 1998!  Iowa finished the meet with 134.5 team points which ranks 10th in NCAA history and ties for seventh in school history.

Brands Leads Iowa to Third Straight Big 10 Wrestling Championship!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tom Brands and Terry Brands have guided the Iowa Hawkeyes wrestling program to their 34th Big Ten Championship and its third straight.  The Hawkeyes finished with 156.5 points and had a pair of individual champions en route to victory.  Tom Brands was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third straight season and Iowa’s Matt McDonough was named the Freshman of the Year.


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