West High's 3A state champion Nelson Brands commits to Iowa

Matthew Bain
Cayd Lara of Fort Dodge wrestles Nelson Brands of Iowa City- West during their class 3A 152 pound championship match at the Iowa high school state wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 in Des Moines.

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Iowa City West wrestler Nelson Brands has committed to the University of Iowa, the junior announced in a tweet Monday night.

"It may come to no surprise that I've decided to continue my wrestling career at the University of Iowa," he wrote. "Go Hawks!"

The news comes two days after Brands won his second consecutive state title at the Iowa state wrestling meet. He entered the tournament as the top-ranked 152-pounder in Class 3A, and he beat No. 4 Cayd Lara of Fort Dodge, 11-9, to clinch the championship.

He's already arguably the best pound-for-pound high school wrestler in the state. He entered the state meet with 454 takedowns — 205 more than anybody else in Iowa — and finished his season at 54-1, with his only loss coming to North Carolina commit Austin O'Connor of St. Rita's in Chicago.

"Going hard for six minutes is the key for me," Brands told the Iowa City Press-Citizen and HawkCentral last week. "You go out there, you step on the mat and it’s a fist fight within the rules. I’ve had kids like Jacob Wempen from Linn-Mar who would clean my clock in practice and then it just took me until now this year when I beat him by 13 points. I just keep the pressure and most kids can’t handle it and they end up breaking."

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Brands also told the Iowa City Press-Citizen and HawkCentral that his top college choices were Iowa, Nebraska and North Carolina.

Brands is the son of Iowa associate head coach Terry Brands and the nephew of head coach Tom Brands.

Matthew Bain covers preps, recruiting and the Hawkeyes for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Des Moines Register and HawkCentral. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.