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Nelson Brands doesn’t waste any time taking care of business on the wrestling mat.
When it came to the recruiting process the two-time West High state champ used the same approach.
Brands announced on Twitter Monday night he had committed to Iowa, just two days after winning his second consecutive state title.
Brands is the son of Iowa associated head coach Terry Brands and the nephew of head coach Tom Brands.
“It may come to no surprise that I have decide to continue my wrestling career at the University of Iowa,” Brands wrote on Twitter. Go Hawks.”
Brands became the sixth West High wrestler to win two state titles by claiming the 152-pound championship at the state wrestling meet on Saturday.
The state title capped a 54-1 junior season for Brands, his only loss coming to Austin O’Connor of St. Rita (Ill.) who is ranked the third best 152 pounder in the country by Intermat.
Brands went 54-3 on his way to the 138-pound state title as a sophomore.
“The second is way better,” Brands said on Saturday following his 11-9 win over Fort Dodge’s Cayd Lara in the 152-pound final. “Now I just have to get that third.”
Brands had a state-best 454 takedowns entering the state meet and won his first two matches by fall before back-to-back decisions by two-points in the semifinals and finals.
He defeated second-ranked Austin Yant of Waverly-Shell Rock 8-6 in the semifinals before defeating Lara for the third time this season in the title match.
“I think the consistency was some of it but his technique has gotten better and his strength has gotten better and I think his confidence has gotten better,” West High coach Mark Reiland said of Brands last week. “His confidence has helped with his consistency. I think he believes he is the best out there and now we have three days to prove it.”