Brand is one of Iowa State’s most prolific wrestlers. He won 51 of 54 career bouts as a Cyclone, pinning 30 of his opponents. The Cyclone star wrestled through 1948 without a blemish, compiling an 11-0 mark. The junior threw six straight opponents to earn a conference and NCAA titles at 175 pounds. His triumph made him Iowa State’s first three-time All-American wrestler. Brand’s strong junior season earned him Iowa State’s Athlete-of-the-Year honor. Brand qualified for the 1948 Olympic team, defeating eight straight opponents at the Olympic Trials. At the London Games, Brand defeated Erik Linden of Sweden to become the first ISU athlete to earn an Olympic gold medal, winning the 174-pound class.