Freestyle wrestler who won a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics in the 58 kilograms event; took home gold medals at the 1993 and 1995 World Championships in 57 kilograms.
At the University of Iowa, he won NCAA titles in 126 pound competition in 1990 and 1992.
He won gold in 57 kilograms at the 1995 Pan American Games.
His twin brother Tom Brands won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Olympics.
Rulon Gardner also wrestled for the Americans in the 2000 Olympics, securing a victory over the seemingly unbeatable Aleksandr Karelin in 130 kilogram competition.