All-Americans under Tom Brands

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Another year logged for Tom Brands and this year he adds an impressive six All-Americans honors to his coaching resume, including four new faces. Sophomores Lee and Marinelli earned their second All-American honor, with Lee’s title being Brands’ 12th national title. He’s also the fourth mulit-NCAA champion Brands has coached.

The four wrestlers earning All-American honors for the first time were Austin DeSanto, Pat Lugo, Kaleb Young, and Jacob Warner. All four wrestlers will return for the 2019-20 season, and all but Lugo have at least two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Four time All-Americans
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-Americans
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

Marinelli joined Brands’ two-time AA list this season | Cam Kramer Photo

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

DeSanto was one of four new faces to earn AA status for Tom Brands | Cam Kramer photo

One time All-Americans
Joey Slaton (133) 2
Austin DeSanto* (133) 5
David Hoffman^ (141) 8
Pat Lugo* (149) 8
Kaleb Young* (157) 5
Eric Ludke+ (174) 3
Alex Meyer (174) 8
Grant Gambrall (184) 3
Luke Lofthouse (197) 5
Jacob Warner* (197) 7
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 the last five years we see that Iowa has obviously been a force to be reckoned with at 125 pounds, as Gilman and Lee have combined for top four finishes five years running. The real surprise may be that Iowa’s longest active All-American streak is an even tie between 125 and 149 pounds as Lugo helped extend a now five year run.

2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
125 Spencer Lee 1st Spencer Lee 1st Thomas Gilman 3rd Thomas Gilman 2nd Thomas Gilman 4th
133
Austin DeSanto 5th
Cory Clark 1st Cory Clark 2nd Cory Clark 2nd
141
149 Pat Lugo 8th Brandon Sorensen 5th Brandon Sorensen 3rd Brandon Sorensen 2nd Brandon Sorensen 4th
157 Kaleb Young 5th Michael Kemerer 4th Michael Kemerer 3rd
165 Alex Marinelli 7th Alex Marinelli 6th
174 Alex Meyer 8th Mike Evans 6th
184 Sammy Brooks 4th Sammy Brooks 8th
197
Jacob Warner 7th
Nathan Burak 4th Nathan Burak 7th
285 Sam Stoll 5th Bobby Telford 5th
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