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Iowa's Brands recruits "homegrown" talent

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Spirit Lake Park's Doug Miner will wrestle for the Hawkeyes after winning three state titles. Spirit Lake Park's Doug Miner will wrestle for the Hawkeyes after winning three state titles.

Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands grew up in Sheldon, Iowa, where he had a record of 109 wins and just 12 losses while winning a state title in 1986. Brands won three NCAA titles at Iowa and that's why a fourth place finish at the national tournament this past season didn't set well with him.

Appearing at the Siouxland I-Club banquet earlier this week, Brands said the Hawkeyes simply have to do better. Iowa was undefeated in Big Ten duals, but coming up short on their 24th team title has Brands looking for answers.

He returned to Siouxland to recruit Spirit Lake Park's Doug Miner, who was a 3-time state champion with 165 career wins. Brands says Miner is the kind of wrestler the Hawkeyes want.

"We like local, Iowa homegrown talent," said Brands. "And we like guys that want to come in and prove themselves and fight for the spot. That's the nature of wrestling but sometimes that philosophy gets skewed a little bit where there's entitlement. We have to make sure that we recruit the right type of guy that wants to come in and earn it. When I say earn it, you really go out and earn it."

The Hawkeyes led the NCAA in wrestling attendance for the seventh straight year, averaging nearly 9,000 fans per home dual.

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