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Ex-Hawkeye Sorensen begins fight with cancer

Denver grad has leukemia

Brandon Sorensen

IOWA CITY — Four-time All-American and current Hawkeye Wrestling Club member Brandon Sorensen has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Testing began on Friday and Sorensen started treatment on Tuesday at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

“I am prepared to beat this disease, and there is no wait. The challenge is right in front of me and I am all-in,” Sorensen said. “I know I am not alone in this fight. I have the very best doctors, resources and family you could possibly hope for, and I know that we will beat this cancer together. There is no choice. We will move forward with success.”

A native of Cedar Falls and a four-time Iowa state champion at Denver High School, Sorensen was a four-time All-American for the Hawkeyes from 2015-18. He was a 2016 NCAA finalist and a two-time NWCA All-American. He graduated in 2018 with 127 career wins and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Recreation Promotion.

“Brandon Sorensen is not fighting this alone. I can guarantee everyone of that,” Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands said. “We are with him lock-step, and by ‘we’ I mean this entire program, from his teammates and coaches to the alumni, fans and administration. Brandon is as solid of a person as you will ever meet; personally, professionally, athletically and socially. He has never backed away from an opponent and he will not back down from this.”

A GoFundMe page has been created in Brandon’s name to provide financial support for his medical expenses.

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