Since beginning his time as head coach in Iowa City, Tom Brands has never lost to Iowa State in a dual meet. Ten seasons, 10 wins, and the majority of them haven’t been competitive. Don’t get us wrong, these blowouts are quite enjoyable, but wouldn’t it be nice to see a competitive event, maybe just once?
Well, given the additions of former Brands-coached NCAA Champions — Brent Metcalf, Derek St. John, as well as 3-time All-American Mike Zadick — to Cyclone head coach Kevin Dresser’s staff, we may have that in store soon.
Of course, it’s no guarantee the first-year coaching contingent immediately turns the tides of a program that fell to the wayside under Kevin Jackson — or ever, for that matter. At minimum, we’ll be in for fireworks early next season when the Hawkeyes head to Hilton to take on their in-state rivals.
Let’s break this down. Dresser, a former Hawkeye who took over at Virginia Tech after Brands’ 2006 departure, just hired one of the all time Iowa greats who happens to have had a hell of a time leaving Blacksburg to follow Brands to Iowa City, so much so that Brands wouldn’t wrestle the Hokies. That was a long way of saying there’s some bad blood here.
While St. John and Zadick don’t bring the same type of intrigue as Dresser and Metcalf, there’s still the fact that they won postseason tournaments with the Hawkeyes. It’s a good thing this dual won’t be on BTN — Shane Sparks may finally short circuit.
On paper, these moves look good for the Cyclones, and our counterparts at WRNL seem excited about the hires. They get into the logistics of the staff, as does the St. John video below, but here’s the short of it, in case you don’t want to bounce from the page:
- All four coaches are most familiar with light to middle weights, so there are question marks surrounding who will teach up the big boys
- Per Dresser, the whole situation is fluid and it’ll take some time to work out the kinks that come…