Since its inception in 1973, the focus of Hawkeye Wrestling Club has been to provide the training, coaching and resources necessary to help its athletes pursue their dreams of becoming World and Olympic Champions. The money raised through the HWC directly benefits the athletes to help with living expenses, training and traveling needs. Maybe the most important aspect of the HWC is its pursuit in getting the best post-collegiate athletes to train with the HWC together in Iowa City to attain the ultimate prize in wrestling…World and Olympic gold medals.
With this goal, Hawkeye Wrestling Club has played an important role in the dominance of Iowa Wrestling. By no coincidence, the Iowa wrestling team started its string of 25 Big Ten titles in 1974—just a year after the Hawkeye Wrestling Club was established. With the return of Head Coach Tom Brands to The University of Iowa and the new Hawkeye Wrestling Club board vision, the Hawkeye Wrestling Club is again becoming a strong force in post-collegiate wrestling. By no coincidence, the University of Iowa Wrestling program has followed in those footsteps and is once again on top of the collegiate wrestling world and is poised to stay there. The Hawkeye Wrestling Club history book is distinguished and littered with great names from Hawkeye past. The HWC has had 13 Olympians, of which four have won gold medals–and that number is sure to rise.
Of course the success on the wrestling mats wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of many. Find out how you can help our athletes pursue their Olympic dreams. Learn more about the Hawkeye Wrestling Club by visiting the organization’s website.