The Daily Iowan

Brands nabs NWCA National Coach of the Year honor

Brands nabs NWCA National Coach of the Year honor

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 8, 2020

Iowa wrestling head coach Tom Brands claimed the National Wrestling Coaches Association's National Coach of the Year award Wednesday afternoon. Brands has now won the NWCA honor twice in his coaching career. Brands' first NWCA National Coach of the Year award came in 2008 after his Hawkeyes won a national...

Pat Lugo reflects on 2019-20 wrestling season, Hawkeye career

Pat Lugo reflects on 2019-20 wrestling season, Hawkeye career

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 6, 2020

After a long day of practice, a short walk is all that stands between Pat Lugo and the comforts of his apartment. On March 12, the short stroll from Carver-Hawkeye Arena proved to be agonizing. At practice, Lugo had learned that the NCAA was forced to cancel its 2020 Division I Wrestling Champ...

Hawkeye wrestling denied ending to dominant 2019-20 season

Hawkeye wrestling denied ending to dominant 2019-20 season

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 5, 2020

Iowa wrestling was back on top. Then, the season just ended. The 2019-20 season seemed to be the long-awaited year of redemption for Iowa wrestling’s faithful. For the first time since 2010, the Hawkeyes were poised to reclaim their throne atop collegiate wrestling. Unfortunately for Iowa ...

Brands self-quarantining amid COVID-19 pandemic

Brands self-quarantining amid COVID-19 pandemic

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 31, 2020

The far-reaching impact of COVID-19 has been felt by people on a global scale. Not excused from those impacted is University of Iowa wrestling head coach Tom Brands. Brands announced in a teleconference Tuesday afternoon that he is self-quarantining in his home after he came in contact with an in...

Wrestling named DI’s Men’s Team of the Year

Wrestling named DI’s Men’s Team of the Year

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 30, 2020

On March 12, the NCAA announced that all of its postseason championships were canceled for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year as the COVID-19 pandemic began to hit the United States. Among those terminated tournaments was the 2020 NCAA Division I Men’s Wrestling Championships. Despi...

Spring-sport athletes to receive extra year of eligibility, winter-sport athletes denied

Spring-sport athletes to receive extra year of eligibility, winter-sport athletes denied

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

March 30, 2020

It's been a tough and unprecedented time for student-athletes who compete at the Division I level. On Monday, some received some good news while others did not. The NCAA Division I Council approved a blanket waiver for all spring-sport athletes to receive an extra year of eligibility after...

Lee wins Dan Hodge Trophy

Lee wins Dan Hodge Trophy

Robert Read, Sports Editor

March 30, 2020

Iowa junior Spencer Lee has been named the winner of the 2020 Dan Hodge Trophy, presented annually to the nation's most dominant college wrestler. He earned 52 of a possible 57 first-place votes. “Winning the Hodge Trophy and being recognized by fans, past winners, and members of the media is ce...

Lee named NCAA Division I Most Dominant Wrestler

Lee named NCAA Division I Most Dominant Wrestler

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 24, 2020

The NCAA announced the winners of its postseason wrestling awards Tuesday morning. Among those honored was Iowa's Spencer Lee. The 125-pound junior was named Most Dominant Division I Wrestler. The wrestler averaging the highest number of team points per match wins the award. The NCAA calculates the a...

Lee named finalist for AAU James E. Sullivan Award

Lee named finalist for AAU James E. Sullivan Award

Robert Read, Sports Editor

March 23, 2020

Iowa wrestler Spencer Lee has been named one of 10 finalists for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award, presented annually since 1930 to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. The winner is determined by public vote, media vote, and committee vote. Lee's 2019 season included a NCA...

Lee named finalist for Dan Hodge Trophy

Lee named finalist for Dan Hodge Trophy

Robert Read, Sports Editor

March 20, 2020

Iowa junior Spencer Lee has been named a finalist for the 2020 Dan Hodge Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's most dominant college wrestler. Fan voting for the award runs from March 23-27 and the winner is announced March 30. Lee was the top-seed at the 2020 NCAA Championships, putting toget...

NCAA postseason events, Big Ten events canceled

NCAA postseason events, Big Ten events canceled

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020 is a day sports fans will not soon forget. The sports world seemed to stop spinning Thursday afternoon as NCAA announced that it would not conduct any of its postseason championships, including the NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments. The Big Ten Conference then...

Big Ten to conduct winter and spring sporting events without fans

Big Ten to conduct winter and spring sporting events without fans

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 11, 2020

The Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday evening that fans will not be granted entry to any of its remaining 2020 winter or spring events. Those granted access include student-athletes, coaches, credentialed media, and immediate family members of event participants. Sports affected inclu...