Four-time All-American Sorensen diagnosed with leukemia

Brandon Sorensen wrestling Ryan Deakin at the Big Ten Championships (Photo/

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four-time All-American and current Hawkeye Wrestling Club member Brandon Sorensen has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Testing began Friday, Nov. 29, and Brandon started treatment Tuesday, Dec. 3. He is being treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

"I am prepared to beat this disease, and there is no wait. The challenge is right in front of me and I am all-in. I know I am not alone in this fight. I have the very best doctors, resources, and family you could possibly hope for, and I know that we will beat this cancer together. There is no choice. We will move forward with success," Sorensen said.

"Brandon Sorensen is not fighting this alone. I can guarantee everyone of that. We are with him lock-step, and by 'we' I mean this entire program, from his teammates and coaches to the alumni, fans, and administration. Brandon is as solid of a person as you will ever meet; personally, professionally, athletically, and socially. He has never backed away from an opponent and he will not back down from this," said Iowa head coach Tom Brands.

A native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and a four-time Iowa high school state champion, Sorensen was a four-time All-American for the Hawkeyes from 2015-18. He was a 2016 NCAA finalist and a two-time NWCA All-American. He graduated in 2018 with 127 career wins and a bachelor of science in Sport & Recreation Promotion. He has been a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club since 2018.

A GoFundMe page is being created in Brandon's name to provide financial support for his medical expenses.


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les (2) about 1 year ago
Ohio State fan but also a fan of this kid and his fight. Wishing him nothing but the best, go at it with the same tenacity that you did on the mat.
jamper1 (1) about 1 year ago
Ditto from a Penn State fan. Brandon was a class act on the mat and I'm sure off the mat also.
Mino (1) about 1 year ago
A PSU fan and a fan of wrestling in general, this goes well beyond team loyalty. Win this fight! And then, let's figure out how to cure these diseases.