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Brands named InterMat Coach of the Year

Tom Brands

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands has been named 2020 InterMat Coach of the Year, the wrestling website announced Friday.

This award, presented each year since 2006 to the best college wrestling coach in all divisions for their performance during the 2019-2020 season, is based exclusively on the balloting of writers at InterMat. Brands won the award with eight of 10 first-place votes, and 84 total points. Princeton’s Chris Ayers was second with 39 points.

Brands led the Hawkeyes to the top of every national ranking this season, going 13-0 with a 9-0 Big Ten Conference mark. The Hawkeyes won the Big Ten tournament. Brands was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, and junior Spencer Lee was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year.

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