College wrestling: Champions meet Gov. Culver
By DAN McCOOL ? REGISTER STAFF WRITER ? April 4, 2008
The bag of Iowa Hawkeye souvenirs Gov. Chet Culver received Thursday contained one special item.
"Our favorite one here, this comes directly from the philosophy of one Dan Gable," Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands said, holding the black baseball cap with the Hawkeye logo and the word "wrestling" on the front.
The words "Show up, dominate, go home" were inside the bill of the hat.
"This will help him get his agenda passed," Brands said.
Culver declared Thursday "Iowa Wrestling Day" in honor of the Hawkeyes, who won their 21st NCAA Division I team championship - their first since 2000 - on March 22 in St. Louis.
Brands, two of his coaches, administrative assistant Mike Foust, the 10 varsity wrestlers and associate athletic director Fred Mims attended the ceremony at the state Capitol.
"We want to keep coming back to the Capitol, we want to keep being invited back," said Brands, who was named national coach of the year.
The ceremony honoring the Hawkeyes' success came exactly 100 years after Humboldt's Frank Gotch won the world heavyweight title in Chicago.
"It means a lot because it's Iowa, the history of the sport," Brands said. "There's a connection there, Gotch to (Dan) Gable. Gable was at the University of Iowa, and these guys are representing Hawkeyes of the highest standard. It's a big deal and we're going to celebrate it."
Prior to meeting Culver, the Hawkeyes were given a standing ovation on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Brands cited time constraints in not introducing the team members in the House.
"They've become household names by now, so you know them all anyway," Brands said.
Mims earned favorable votes for the program during a short speech.
"We do say student-athletes because they had to go to class before they came here," he said