All-Americans under Tom Brands

Brandon Sorensen becomes the third wrestler to earn four All-American honors under Tom Brands (Photo: Sam Janicki)

Another season is in the books and head Hawkeye Tom Brands led five individuals to All-American honors in 2018  The two big stand outs were senior Brandon Sorensen and freshman Spencer Lee who each notched milestone achievements for Brands.

Joining the four time All-American list was Sorensen who ended his career by finishing in the top five at 149 pounds each of the last four seasons. He joined the likes of Derek St. John and Cory Clark as the only wrestlers to accomplish the feat who spent their entire career with him as their head coach.

The other big AA was Lee, who’s finals appearance helped extend a 29 year streak for the university for having a wrestler competing on Saturday night. The title itself marked the first time Brands had crowned a freshman champion since Matt McDonough (2010) and the first true freshman to accomplish the feat since Lincoln McIlravy during the Gable years.

Four time All-American
Cory Clark (125/133) 5, 2, 2, 1
Brandon Sorensen (149) 4, 2, 3, 5
Derek St. John (157) 4, 2, 1, 5

Three time All-American
Matt McDonough (125) 1, 2, 1
Thomas Gilman (125) 4, 2, 3
Tony Ramos (133) 3, 2, 1
Montell Marion (141) 2, 4, 2
Brent Metcalf (149) 1, 2, 1
Mike Evans (174) 6, 6, 6
Phil Keddy (184) 6, 4, 8
Nathan Burak (197) 8, 7, 4
Bobby Telford (285) 5, 4, 5

Sophomore Michael Kemerer picked up his second AA honor (Photo: Tony Rotundo | Wrestlers Are Warriors)

Two time All-American
Charlie Falck (125) 8, 6
Dan Dennis (133) 7, 2
Michael Kemerer* (157) 3, 4
Mark Perry+ (165) 1, 1
Ryan Morningstar (165) 3, 7
Ethen Lofthouse (174/184) 7, 5
Jay Borschel (174) 3, 1
Sammy Brooks (184) 8, 4
Dan Erekson (285) 4, 7

Spencer Lee’s NCAA title helped keep a 29 year streak alive with a Hawkeye wrestler in the finals (Photo: Tony Rotundo | Wrestlers Are Warriors)

One time All-American
Spencer Lee* (125) 1
Joey Slaton (133) 2
David Hoffman^ (141) 8
Alex Marinelli* (165) 6
Eric Ludke+ (174) 3
Alex Meyer (174) 8
Grant Gambrall (184) 3
Luke Lofthouse (197) 5
Sam Stoll* (285) 5
Matt Fields (285) 5
Mike Faust^ (285) 5

Legend:
*Wrestler still active
+Wrestlers that earned All-American honors that were inherited from the Zalesky administration
^Wrestler earned All-American honors while Brands was at Virginia Tech

Taking a look at Iowa’s AA’s in the last five years we see Iowa has dominated at 125 (big surprise right?) and for the first time in half a decade there wasn’t a Hawk wrestling on Saturday night at 133 pounds.

Freshman Alex Marinelli ended an eight year drought at 165 pounds, which was the longest gap between AA honors among all weights.

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
125 Spencer Lee 1st Thomas Gilman 3rd Thomas Gilman 2nd Thomas Gilman 4th Cory Clark 5th
133 Cory Clark 1st Cory Clark 2nd Cory Clark 2nd Tony Ramos 1st
141
149 Brandon Sorensen 5th Brandon Sorensen 3rd Brandon Sorensen 2nd Brandon Sorensen 4th
157 Michael Kemerer 4th Michael Kemerer 3rd Derek St. John 5th
165 Alex Marinelli 6th
174 Alex Meyer 8th Mike Evans 6th Mike Evans 6th
184 Sammy Brooks 4th Sammy Brooks 8th
197 Nathan Burak 4th Nathan Burak 7th Nathan Burak 8th
285 Sam Stoll 5th Bobby Telford 5th Bobby Telford 4th
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