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Flanagan, Kettman Inducted into Brand WHOF of IA

Posted: June 26th, 2017
Legendary coaches Chris Flanagan and Tom Kettman were inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa on Saturday June 24th.  The Brand WHOF is located in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo.  Along with family members, Flanagan was represented by some current members of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Board of Directors.  The IWHOF is located in Cresco, where Flanagan coached.   Flanagan coached many of the current board members.

Pictured in front are Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Members Sandy Stevens, Dan Gable, Chuck Yagla and Bob Siddens.  In back are Jim Sovereign and IWHOF board members Jerome Hruska and Chuck Curtis.
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2017 IA-MN Border Battle Results

Posted: March 14th, 2017
Minnesota emerged victorious in the 16th annual IA - MN Border Battle on Friday March 10th, 2017 besting the Iowa team 37-30 in Cresco.  The combined rosters of the two teams had made 40 state tournament appearances, winning 22 medals, including 7 golds.  That made for some exciting match ups.  With the win, Minnesota evened the series 8-8.  See attached results.
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Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

Posted: March 8th, 2017
Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

Posted: March 8th, 2017

CRESCO, IA:  Four worthy and deserving individuals will be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco on Monday, April 10th. Among them is the first woman to be inducted into the IWHOF, and the sixth set of brothers to be inducted.  The 48th Annual Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremony will begin with a 5:30 social hour followed by a 6:30 banquet at the Cresco Country Club south of Cresco.  Those being inducted are Joel and Justin Greenlee, Mike Mann and Sandy Stevens.

Waverly natives Joel and Justin Greenlee become the 122nd and 123rd inductees into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, joining five other families with brothers inducted. That impressive group includes Terry and Tom Brands, Jim and Joe Gibbons, Dave and Paul Martin, Don and Harold Nichols and Doug and Mark Schwab.  Both Joel and Justin were state champions at Waverly, All-Americans at UNI, and successful international competitors.  Joel attained fourth and second place NCAA finishes, while Justin was eighth, second, and second in his three NCAA trips.  Joel is in his 20th year as the head wrestling coach at Ohio. Justin is a research veterinary pathologist for the USDA at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, IA.

The 124th inductee into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame is Mike Mann.  Mike won a state championship wrestling at Marshalltown High School in 1978.  He followed that up at Iowa State University with seventh, fourth, second, and second place finishes in the NCAA tournament.  He won 113 matches as a Cyclone, was a 1981 Midlands champion and a 1983 Big 8 champion. Mike is the head wrestling coach at Marshalltown High School, where he’s coached since 2012.

Sandy Stevens becomes the 125th inductee in the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Sandy has been behind the mic at every level of wrestling competition.  She’s announced at state and national championships for Kids, Cadets, Juniors, Espoir, and many state and national high school championships.  She did the NCAA D1 tournament 34 years, has been the announcer for the Midlands, Senior World Championships, Pan Am Championships, and the Olympics Games.  Sandy received the Order of Merit from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1998, and many other accolades across the USA and the world.

Banquet tickets are available at the Cresco Chamber of Commerce (563-547-3434) and CIA Insurance in Cresco (563-547-2382). Tickets are $25 and advance registration is required.

The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame’s sole purpose is the promotion of amateur wrestling in Iowa. The IWHOF has a rich history of honoring native Iowans at our annual awards banquet and induction ceremony. The inaugural banquet was held in 1970. When we conclude the 48th annual awards banquet on April 10, 2017, our roster of inductees will included 125 outstanding individuals for their contributions to amateur wrestling. 

Visit our website at http://www.iowawrestlinghalloffame.com/

The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame is located in the Cresco Welcome Center at the intersection of Highway 9 and Elm Street. The Hall of Fame is open 9-5 daily. 
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2007 Border Battle Results

Posted: October 27th, 2016
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2007 Inductee Sherwyn Thorson Passes Away

Posted: April 7th, 2016
Sherwyn Thorson, inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2007, passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday April 6th, 2016.  He was 75. 

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Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees

Posted: March 11th, 2016

Posted: March 11th, 2016


CRESCO, IA:  A diverse group of individuals will be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco on Monday, April 11. Their careers span over 50 years.  You’ll recognize them as competitors, coaches and a broadcaster.  The 47th Annual Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremony will begin with a 5:30 social hour followed by a 6:30 banquet at the Cresco Country Club south of Cresco.  Those being inducted are Rick Caldwell, Jim Duschen,Tim Johnson and Mark Reiland.


Knoxville native Rick Caldwell becomes the 118th inductee into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. Caldwell was a two-time All-American for IWHOF inductee Al Baxter at Buena Vista University.  Following graduation form BVU, Caldwell started a coaching career that took him to the highest levels.  He coached at BGM-Brooklyn, Iowa Falls and Ames before settling in at Waverly in 1988.  In Waverly he was an assistant at Wartburg under IWHOF inductee Jim Miller until 1999, when he took over the Waverly-Shell Rock coaching duties.  In 12 years at WSR his teams won 14 state team trophies, including nine state championships (five traditional and four dual), coached 20 Go-Hawk state champions and twice had four state champions in the same year. The Waverly-Shell Rock 2008 team set an all-time, all-class record of 225 points at the traditional state tournament.


East Waterloo’s Jim Duschen is the 119th inductee into the IWHOF.  Duschen prepped at East Waterloo, and wrestled collegiately at Iowa State.  While at ISU, he earned two Big 8 Championships, a Midlands Championship, All-American honors and was captain of the 1969 ISU National Championship team. Following his career at ISU, Duschen claimed two National Greco Roman Championships, was a ’72 Olympic alternate, and made the ’73 World team.  Following his competitive years, he started a successful coaching career that spanned 30 years, from Iowa to Nevada.  Duschen is regarded as the dean of high school wrestling in Nevada.


The 120th inductee into the IWHOF is Eagle Grove native Mark Reiland.  Reiland was a four time medalist for Eagle Grove from 1984-1987 while wrestling for his father, IWHOF inductee Marv Reiland.  He won state titles his junior and senior years. Reiland followed up his successful high school career with a stellar career wrestling for IWHOF inductee Dan Gable at the U. of Iowa.  While a Hawkeye, Reiland became a two-time All-American, winning a National Championship in 1991.  Upon graduation, Reiland coached as an assistant at Iowa City West, had a short stint at Solon, and then returned to IC West.  At West, Reiland has built a powerhouse.  His teams are perennially at the top of the class in Iowa high school wrestling.


The Voice of College Wrestling: that’s Morning Sun native Tim Johnson, the 121st inductee into the IWHOF.  Johnson has covered the sport for Iowa Public TV, ESPN, Real Pro Wrestling and the BIG 10 Network.  He has worked behind the mic for the past 12NCAA Division I championships.  Johnson was the Director of Wrestling for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and is an executive with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He wrestled at Morning Sun for IWHOF inductee Bob Darrah, and at Coe College.  During his five years as coach at Mount Vernon, Johnson coached IWHOF inductee Greg Randall to four state championships.


Banquet tickets are available at the Cresco Chamber of Commerce (563-547-3434), Farmers Mill, Protivin (563-569-8501) and CIA Insurance in Cresco (563-547-2382). Tickets are $25 and advance registration is required.


The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame is located at the Cresco Welcome Center at the intersection of Highway 9 and Elm Street. The Hall of Fame will be open until 6:00 p.m. the day of the banquet.


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2016 IA-MN Border Battle Results

Posted: March 9th, 2016
An enthusiastic crowd of nearly 400 was in Cresco Friday night March 4th to get one last look at senior grapplers from SE MN and NE IA.  The 15th edition of the Iowa-Minnesota Border Battle saw five of the fourteen matches decided by one point, and four more by just a couple points.  Team Iowa won nine matches, but the dual was far from one sided.  Iowa jumped out to a 12-0 lead, MN closed to 18-13, but then lost back-to-back one point matches.  Iowa won two of the last three to make the team score 31-16.  The win for Iowa puts them ahead in the series 8-7.  The event is sponsored by the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, located in Cresco.
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Mark Palmer, InterMat: Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame unveils mural

Posted: October 7th, 2015
InterMat Senior Writer Mark Palmer shares the news on our new mural!
Follow the link to read his article.
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Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Mural

Posted: October 2nd, 2015
The Cresco Times Plain Dealer did a great job with this story about our new mural!  Click on the link below to read the article.
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IWHOF Mural Near Completion

Posted: September 17th, 2015
Thanks to Austin, MN TV station KAAL for visiting Cresco and doing a story on our mural project.  See the attached video and article for a great look at the mural.
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