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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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Iowa Icon: Gotch Up There with Feller, Warner, Gable

Posted: February 25th, 2015
Thanks to Mike Chapman for sending us this WHO TV spot on Frank Gotch.
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Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees

Posted: February 9th, 2015

CRESCO, IA:  Four individuals with northeast Iowa ties will be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco on Monday, April 13. The 46th 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 Ken Snyder, John Bowlsby, Lee Fullhart and Daryl Weber.

 

Ken Snyder wrestled for Columbus High in Waterloo where he capped off his high school career with a state title at 138 pounds, going unbeaten with a 24-0-1 record.  His high school career record was 55-6-1.  He wrestled at the University of Northern Iowa where he won two Division II titles at 142 pounds as well as two Division I All-American honors.  As a Panther Snyder was 98-15-3.  After a brief college coaching stint, Snyder spent the next three years as the head wrestling coach at Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Minnesota. In his three years at Jefferson he had 14 wrestlers qualify for the state tournament and ten of them earned medals.  Two of his wrestlers were state champions.

 

Lee Fullhart of Decorah had a long and storied career in wrestling that stretched 16 years of competition from high school through an extended international career.  Fullhart won three state titles (160, 171, 189) for the Vikings while compiling a record of 140-7 from 1991-94.  He then went on to the University of Iowa where he was a four-time All American for the Hawkeyes while winning a NCAA title as a sophomore (197).  The Hawkeyes won four national team titles during Fullhart’s tenure with Dan Gable and Jim Zalesky. Collegiately he was 107-18 overall. Fullhart went on to have an outstanding international record with highlights including a 2004 National title.  He was a two-time Olympic Trials runner-up and a three-time World Team Trials runner-up.

 

John Bowlsby wrestled for Waterloo West where he was a two-time state champion (1973,1974) in the unlimited weight class.  He was unbeaten as a junior and a senior.  He also was a four-time state freestyle champion and a 1974 National Freestyle champion.  Bowlsby wrestled at the University of Iowa where he was a three-time co-captain, a two-time Big Ten Champion and a three-time All-American.

 

Daryl Weber prepped at Gilbertville Don Bosco where he was a state champion at 135 in 1990, and at 145 the following year for Dan Mashek.  He  went on to wrestle at the University of Iowa where he was a three-time All American and National Champion as a senior. After wrestling internationally, Weber started coaching, with his Christianburg VA High School team winning eight straight team titles.  During those years Weber coached 42 state champions and was named Regional Coach of the Year six times.

 

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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