Former Cyclone Brand to be Honored
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Wrestling will honor Olympic gold medalist and former Iowa State wrestler Glen Brand during the World Team Trials, presented by the U.S. Marines, in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Saturday, May 30.
The late Brand, a 1948 Olympic champion, along with 1952 Olympic champion Bill Smith will receive the prestigious USA Wrestling Lifetime Achievement Award.
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The awards will be presented on the center mat in the Mid America Center between the first and second matches of the championship series round of the World Team Trials.
Smith will be there to accept his award, while representatives of the family will accept the award on behalf of Brand posthumously. The championship series round begins at 6:30 p.m. with the award ceremony approximately an hour later.
The World Team Trials, presented by the U.S. Marines, will be held at the Mid America Center, May 30-31, featuring the nation’s top competitors in men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Champions from the World Team Trials will represent the United States at the 2009 World Wrestling Championships in Herning, Denmark, Sept. 21-27. For ticket information, visit www.theworldteamtrials.com
Brand hailed from Clarion, Iowa, where he was coached in high school by his cousin Dale Brand, a 1936 Olympian. After serving in the U.S. Marines, Brand attended Iowa State, where he was a 1948 NCAA champion and three-time All-American. Brand won the gold medal at 174 pounds at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, England.
After his career, Brand settled in the Omaha area, where he was a hydraulics engineer. He was a YMCA wrestling coach for more than a decade, working with area youth. Another legacy of Glen Brand is the Kaufman Brand College Wrestling Open, the largest single day college wrestling tournament in the nation
Also being honored is Bill Smith, who attended Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson High School, and went on to win two NCAA titles for Northern Iowa (then Iowa Teachers College) in 1949 and 1950. Smith never lost a college match, and led his team to the NCAA team title in 1950. Smith also won three AAU National titles in freestyle. He went on to win the gold medal at 174 pounds at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.