Video: Iowa City West's Nelson Brands gets past close state wrestling semifinal

Waverly-Shell Rock's Austin Yant (from left) and Iowa City West's Nelson Brands push for control in their 152-pound Class 3A semifinal bout at the state wrestling tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Brands won 8-6. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Waverly-Shell Rock's Austin Yant (from left) and Iowa City West's Nelson Brands push for control in their 152-pound Class 3A semifinal bout at the state wrestling tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Brands won 8-6. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

Defending state champion Nelson Brands rolled through his first two opponents in this year’s Class 3A 152-pound tournament with a technical fall and fall.

Friday afternoon, Brands got a test from Waverly-Shell Rock’s Austin Yant in the semifinals and advanced with an 8-6 win. Highlights and Brands’ thoughts are in the video above.

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