Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling

Our History

Tom Brands et al. posing for a photo
HAWKEYE WRESTLING CLUB History
Our Goal

Our Past

Speaks

For Itself

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club Exists to promote wrestling in Iowa and America by producing honorable elite level athletes through high level wrestling opportunities.

There are very few who can deny the sense of pride felt when one of our nation’s athletes stands atop the podium on the world stage, with a gold medal draped around his neck. Especially when it’s a homegrown talent from the state of Iowa.

HAWKEYE WRESTLING CLUB History
About Us
We All Start
Somewhere

Since its inception in 1973, the focus of Hawkeye Wrestling Club has always been to provide the training, coaching and resources necessary to help our athletes pursue their dreams of becoming World and Olympic Champions. The money raised through the HWC goes directly to benefit the athletes helping with living expenses, training and traveling needs. Maybe the most important aspect of the HWC is its pursuit in trying to get the best post-collegiate athletes to train with the HWC together in Iowa City to attain the ultimate prize in wrestling… World and Olympic gold medals.

With this goal, Hawkeye Wrestling Club has played an important role in the dominance of Iowa Wrestling. By no coincidence, the Iowa wrestling team started its string of 25 Big Ten titles in 1974. The HWC has had 14 Olympians, of which four have won gold medals–and that number is sure to rise.

Of course the success on the wrestling mats wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of many. Be part of something special. Find out how you can help our athletes pursue their Olympic dreams.

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HWC
Legends

University of Iowa Coach

E.G. Schroeder

(1910 - 1915)

University of Iowa Coach

Pat Wright

(1915 - 1920)

University of Iowa Coach

Mike Howard

(1921 - 1952)

University of Iowa Coach

Dave McCuskey

(1952 - 1972)

University of Iowa Coach

Gary Kurdelmeier

(1972 - 1976)

University of Iowa Coach

Dan Gable

(1976 - 1997)

University of Iowa Coach

Jim Zalesky

(1997 - 2006)

University of Iowa Coach

Tom Brands

(2006 - Present)

HWC Coach

Mike Duroe

(2003-2018)

HWC Coach

Mark Perry Jr.

(2017-2020)

HWC Coach

Daniel Dennis

(2020-Present)

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2003 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2007 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2011 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2021 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2005 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2004 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2012 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Iowa Chapter
  • 2018 Bob Siddens Iowa High School Coaching Excellence Award

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2005 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – Midwest, Michigan
  • 2019 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2006 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2005 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2004 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2009 Meritorious Official
  • 2017 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

  • 1980 Distinguished Member
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2010 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2022 University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2020 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 1976 Distinguished Member
  • 2003 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2011 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2008 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2016 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Colorado Chapter

Hall of Fame Member

  • 1993 Distinguished Member
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 1996 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – Iowa
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2000 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2003 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2022 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2004 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Illinois Chapter
  • 2009 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2006 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2003 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2004 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2003 George Tragos and Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Inductee
  • 2011 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2003 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2022 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2018 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

John Oostendorp

  • 2023 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2013 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Virginia Chapter
  • 2018 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Lee Fullhart

  • 2024 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Lennie Zalesky

  • 2023 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2003 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2010 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

  • 1994 Distinguished Member
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2022 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2002 Outstanding American
  • 2006 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2005 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2016 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2010 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2019 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Iowa Chapter
  • 2023 Bob Siddens Iowa High School Coaching Excellence Award

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2008 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – Iowa

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2018 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Iowa

Hall of Fame Member

  • 1997 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – Montana
  • 2015 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2010 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – Iowa

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2014 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fam

Hall of Fame Member

  • 1998 Distinguished Member
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2004 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2007 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2007 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2017 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – Northeast, Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame Member

  • 1985 Distinguished Member
  • 2011 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Illinois Chapter

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2001 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – National, Northeast, New Jersey
  • 2019 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2016 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2006 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

  • 1977 Distinguished Member
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2015 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Illinois Chapter

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2013 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2001 Distinguished Member
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2009 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – Illinois
  • 2024 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2013 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2018 Bowlsby Family Legacy Award

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2021 Bowlsby Family Legacy Award

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2013 Bowlsby Family Legacy Award

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2019 Bowlsby Family Legacy Award

Hall of Fame Member

Trizzino Family

  • 2022 Bowlsby Family Legacy Award

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2021 Glen Brand Team Award

Hall of Fame Member

  • 2015 Glen Brand Team Award

OLYMPIAN

Spencer Lee
  • 2024 Paris Games (57kg)

OLYMPIAN

Leslie Beers
  • 1928 Amsterdam Games (A) (158.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Joe Scarpello
  • 1948 London Games (A) (174lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Terry McCann
  • 1960 Rome Games GOLD Medalist (125.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Steve Combs
  • 1968 Mexico City Games (171.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Chuck Yagla
  • 1980 Moscow Games (149.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Chris Campbell
  • 1980 Moscow Games (180.5lbs)
  • 1992 Barcelona Games BRONZE Medalist (198lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Randy Lewis
  • 1980 Moscow Games (136.5lbs)
  • 1984 Los Angeles Games GOLD Medalist (136.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Ed Banach
  • 1984 Los Angeles Games GOLD Medalist (198lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Lou Banach
  • 1984 Los Angeles Games GOLD Medalist (220lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Barry Davis
  • 1984 Los Angeles Games SILVER Medalist (125.5lbs)
  • 1988 Seoul Games (125.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Tom Brands
  • 1996 Atlanta Games GOLD Medalist (136.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Terry Brands
  • 2000 Sydney Games BRONZE Medalist (127.75lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Lincoln McIlravy
  • 2000 Sydney Games BRONZE Medalist (152lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Joe Williams
  • 2004 Athens Game (163lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Mike Zadick
  • 2008 Beijing Games (132lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Doug Schwab
  • 2008 Beijing Games (145.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Steve Mocco
  • 2008 Beijing Games (264.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Daniel Dennis
  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games (125.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Thomas Gilman
  • 2020 Tokyo Games BRONZE Medalist (125.5lbs)

World Team Member

John Bowlsby
  • 1974 Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1977 Lausanne, Switzerland

World Team Member

Chuck Yagla
  • 1977 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1979 San Diego, United States

World Team Member

Chris Campbell
  • 1977 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1981 Skopljie, Yugoslavia (GOLD)
  • 1990 Tokyo, Japan (SILVER)
  • 1991  Varna, Bulgaria

World Team Member

Randy Lewis
  • 1978 Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1982 Edmonton, Canada

World Team Member

Ed Banach
  • 1983 Kiev, Soviet Union

World Team Member

Barry Davis
  • 1983 Kiev, Soviet Union
  • 1986 Budapest, Hungary (BRONZE)
  • 1987 Clermont-Ferrand, France (SILVER)

World Team Member

Brad Penrith
  • 1989 Martigny, Switzerland
  • 1991 Varna, Bulgaria (SILVER)

World Team Member

Royce Alger
  • 1990 Tokyo, Japan (SILVER)

World Team Member

Joe Melchiore
  • 1990 Tokyo, Japan

World Team Member

Tom Brands
  • 1993 Toronto, Canada (GOLD)
  • 1994 Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1995 Atlanta, United States

World Team Member

Terry Brands
  • 1993 Toronto, Canada (GOLD)
  • 1994 Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1995 Atlanta, United States (GOLD)

World Team Member

John Oostendorp
  • 1995 Prague, Czech Republic

World Team Member

Lincoln McIlravy
  • 1997 Krasnoyarsk, Russia
  • 1998 Tehran, Iran (BRONZE)
  • 1999 Ankara, Turkey (SILVER)

World Team Member

Joe Williams
  • 1999 Ankara, Turkey
  • 2001 Sofia, Bulgaria (BRONZE)
  • 2002 Tehran, Iran
  • 2003 New York, United States
  • 2005 Budapest, Hungary (BRONZE)
  • 2007 Baku, Azerbaijan

World Team Member

Bill Zadick
  • 2001 Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2006 Guangzhou, China (GOLD)

World Team Member

Mike Zadick
  • 2006 Guangzhou, China (SILVER)
  • 2007 Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 2010 Moscow, Russia

World Team Member

Doug Schwab
  • 2007 Baku, Azerbaijan

World Team Member

Brent Metcalf
  • 2010 Moscow, Russia
  • 2013 Budapest, Hungary
  • 2014 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada

World Team Member

Tony Ramos
  • 2014 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada

World Team Member

Thomas Gilman
  • 2017 Paris, France (SILVER)
  • 2018 Budapest, Hungary
  • 2021 Oslo, Norway (GOLD)

NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler

Chuck Yagla
  • 1977 (150lbs)

NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler

Bruce Kinseth
  • 1979 (150lbs)

NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler

Barry Davis
  • 1985 (126lbs)

NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler

Marty Kistler
  • 1986 (167lbs)

NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler

Tom Brands
  • 1992 (134lbs)

NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler

Terry Steiner
  • 1993 (150lbs)

NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler

Lincoln McIlravy
  • 1997 (150lbs)

NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler

Joe Williams
  • 1998 (167lbs)

NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler

Brent Metcalf
  • 2008 (149lbs)

NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestler

Spencer Lee
  • 2020 (125lbs)

Dan Hodge Trophy Winner

Mark Ironside
  • 1998 (134lbs)

Dan Hodge Trophy Winner

Brent Metcalf
  • 2008 (149lbs)

Dan Hodge Trophy Winner

Spencer Lee
  • 2020 (125lbs)
  • 2021 (125lbs)

Claim Your Place On the Podium

After half a century of unparalleled victory, we want to make sure each and every one of our champions gets recognized.  If you or someone you know grabbed the gold or stood out from the crowd in the name of Hawkeye Wrestling, enter their information below, and we’ll add their name to our history of legends.

HWC Legends | Add A Legend
Pioneers
of the Sport

We were the first post college wrestling club of its kind in 1973. Dan Gable’s visionary leadership blazed a path for wrestling nationwide. Now, every viable/competitive program has a club – but none quite like ours!

Because of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club’s influence on the wrestling community in America, in 2008 the USA Wrestling Governing Body moved to further prioritize the use of post collegiate wrestling clubs by approving Regional Training Centers (RTC) for college programs. The RTCs provide qualified youth athletes and Olympic hopefuls access to elite level coaches, high level training partners, and world class facilities in a safe, local environment.

Programs nationwide witnessed first-hand the incredible development at the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and USA Wrestling instinctively wanted to extend those opportunities to every college team by rewriting the rule book. In-turn, this has elevated American wrestlers’ skills and has helped USA Wrestling bring home more international medals every year. It has also created a more competitive arms race for post-collegiate clubs…that’s why support now is so vital.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Where we show our strength
Historic
Arena

The first event ever held inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena was a wrestling meet between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Oklahoma Sooners, a match Iowa won 35-7. Rumor has it, there was still dust on the floor when the doors opened for the first time in January 1983 and there was a dusty haze hanging over every match! 

In 2006 Tom Brands became Iowa’s Head Coach. Since then his program has led the nation in home attendance 20 times in the last 21 seasons, including every year since 2007. Average attendance to watch the Hawks in the Tom Brands era is a sell-out crowd, right around 14,905! 

Iowa is 273-26 all-time in Carver, and 127-11 under current head coach, Tom Brands.

“Tradition, history, the present, and the future, most importantly. That’s what goes through my mind,” Tom Brands said, “we have to keep a good thing going”.

Wrestling Training Facility
Where we Build our strength
Goschke Family
Facility

No team has dominated collegiate wrestling like the University of Iowa. The Hawkeyes’ prominent wrestling history has led to the opportunity to host the world’s top senior level and international wrestling events, including the U.S. Olympic Trials and the United World Wrestling Cup, which have attracted thousands of wrestling fans from around the world to Iowa City. The new world-class training facility will celebrate Iowa Wrestling’s past, provide for the present, and build for the future. 

The training facility is located near Carver-Hawkeye Arena’s south entrance. The upper level includes a lobby and exhibition space highlighting Iowa Wrestling’s tradition and history. It also houses coach’s offices, a student-athlete lounge and a viewing suit and recruiting room overlooking the wrestling practice room. The lower level will include the wrestling practice room, strength and training space, and locker rooms. An underground tunnel connects to the current court level at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

HWC DONATIONS

Make Your
Donations
Here

Hawkeye wrestling club survives on donations from people like you. With your support we can make the Hawkeye Wrestling Club the best Wrestling Club in the world!

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