Stephen J. Thoma ’92
Hometown: Gilbertsville, Iowa
Year Inducted: 2001
Steve Thoma ’92 compiled one of the most successful careers in the history of Brown wrestling from 1989-1992. A two-time honorable mention All-American and 1992 Eastern Champion, Thoma dominated the 142 pound weight class in his four years on College Hill by compiling a career record of 96-17-2.
A native of Gilbertsville, Iowa, Thoma began his career with the Bears in the winter of 1988. As a freshman, Thoma posted a 4-1 dual meet record.
In his sophomore season, Thoma was named Second Team All-Ivy League after recording a 22-10 overall record. He finished the season with a 14-4 dual meet record and placed sixth in the Eastern Championships. Thoma also received the Most Dedicated Wrestler award and Most Improved Wrestler award from Brown in 1990.
As a junior, Thoma qualified for the NCAA Tournament by posting a 25-8 record. He was named an All-Ivy honorable mention and placed third in the Eastern Championships. In the NCAA’s, Thoma made it to the round of 12 and earned honorable mention All-American status. He compiled a 12-5 dual meet record and was named the team’s Most Valuable Wrestler. Thoma was also presented with the Don Van Heest Award, which is given annually to a Brown wrestler who comes back from adversity.
In his senior year, Thoma had a fantastic season that saw him go 37-6 as he qualified for his second straight NCAA Tournament. Thoma won the EIWA Championship in 1992 and was named First Team All-Ivy. He became the first wrestler in Brown history to be selected as the Outstanding Wrestler in the EIWA Tournament. In the EIWA finals, Thoma defeated two-time All-American Rich Santana of Syracuse who was going for his third consecutive EIWA title at 142 pounds. Thoma was seeded fifth in the NCAA Tournament in 1992, and once again made it to the round of 12 to earn honorable mention All-American honors. As a senior, Thoma set a Brown record for most wins in a season with 37 and tied Bob Hill’s ‘88 record for most dual meet wins in a season with 19. Thoma won 23 consecutive matches in 1991-1992, which tied him for the second most wins in a row during a season. He was named Brown’s Most Valuable Wrestler for the second straight year, and was also awarded the Marvin Wilenzik Award for giving the most back to Brown.