Tom Brands and Mike Chapman to go On the Mat this week

By Kyle Klingman | March 26, 2008, 10:15 a.m. (ET)
This week's edition of "On the Mat" will feature Tom Brands and Mike Chapman.

"On the Mat" is a weekly wrestling radio program that airs every Wednesday night. This week's broadcast can be heard live from 6-7 p.m. Central Standard Time. The Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, hosts the show.

Brands is the head wrestling coach of the University of Iowa wrestling team that won the 2008 NCAA championship this past weekend. The Hawkeyes scored 117.5 points and were 38.5 points ahead of team runner-up Ohio State.

The Iowa wrestling team sent three wrestlers to the finals, winning two individual titles. Overall the Hawkeyes had seven wrestlers earn All-American honors.

Chapman is the executive director of the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum and the author of a new book entitled "The Life and Legacy of Frank Gotch." This is Chapman's third book on Gotch.

Frank Gotch Day will be celebrated on April 3, 2008, in Humboldt (Gotch's hometown), Waterloo and at the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum here. The museum is planning several activities and has invited everyone to participate.

April 3, 2008, will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Gotch's win over George Hackenschmidt to win the world heavyweight wrestling championship. Gotch's victory in Chicago on April 3, 1908, was a pivotal moment in wrestling history. Gotch's victory set off a wild celebration among sports fans in Humboldt, across Iowa and around the nation.

Chapman will discuss Frank Gotch Day and Gotch's importance to wrestling.

"On the Mat" can be heard live on the Internet at or locally in Northeast Iowa on 1650, The Fan. Feel free to e-mail with questions or comments about the show.