Brands lends support to getting NCAA to recognize women’s wrestling

By Mark Palmer, InterMat Senior Writer

Count Tom Brands among those who support efforts to have the NCAA recognize women's wrestling.

The head wrestling coach at University of Iowa has sent a letter to the NCAA, backing the idea that women's wrestling should be an officially sanctioned sport just like men's wrestling.

In his letter, Brands outlined "Iowa's storied wrestling legacy," mentioning the Hawkeye wrestling program's 23 national titles and other accomplishments going back a century. The long-time coach and former NCAA and Olympic champion then described "wrestling's powerful role in developing young men into leaders within our institution, for our state, and throughout the nation."

"It is long overdue for women to share in the opportunities afforded by this great sport."

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