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2019 Inductees Steffensmeier, Buzzard, Bahr, Corso, and Whitmer with plaques

IWHOF Class of 2019 Steffensmeier, Buzzard, Bahr, Corso, Whitmer

Our Purpose

The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame seeks to promote amateur wrestling by honoring native Iowans.

The inaugural banquet was held in 1970. When we concluded the 50th annual awards banquet on April 08, 2019, our roster of inductees included 133 outstanding individuals for their contributions to amateur wrestling.

Join us every second Monday of April as we honor the latest Inductees into the Hall of Fame.

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Click to open Visiting your Brother at the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame

Visiting your Brother at the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame

A fun day at the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame when Raymond Hassman stopped in for a visit. Raymond is a brother to Inductee Gordon Hassman and we got to hear some good stories along the tour. We even found out Maynard “Spade” Harman was Raymond’s 8th grade teacher!

On his way to visit his father, we wanted to give an IWHOF shout-out to Raymond & Gordon’s father, Paul Hassman, New Hampton, Iowa’s first state wrestling champion and 106 year old resident. Thanks for the visit, Raymond, come back soon.

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What do you do when you’re on Thanksgiving break?

Wrestling fans, James & Jean, took a break from their Freedom Rock tour to check out the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.
During the tour, James spied his relative, Inductee Larry Hayes.
Thanks for stopping by the IWHOF during your Thanksgiving break.
Stay safe out there and hope to see you back soon.

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Check out who’s Mom visited the IWHOF

On a beautiful day in Iowa, Laura and Dick Mattoon drove all the way from Ankeny to visit the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco.
Laura is the mother of Kevin Dresser, head coach of the Iowa State University wrestling program. They were here in 2014 when Dresser was inducted into the IWHOF. We had a nice visit and heard some new stories about our native born Iowans in the Hall of Fame.

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Bob Bowlsby
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Gordon Moser
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James Grover D.V.M.
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Lester Fields
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Steve Slifka
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Mark Sindlinger
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Leon Marten
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Dorothy Dean Marten
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Dale Bran
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Chris Flanagan
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Gordon Landswerk
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Don Henry
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Dave Natvig
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Gene Lybbert
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Paul Haight
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John Roberts
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Clyde Bean
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Don Nichols
in memory of
Harold J. Nichols
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Lowell and Gladys Sovereign
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Bob Darrah
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Mary E. Flanagan
in memory of
Chris
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Elsie Bartelma
in memory of
David C. Bartelma
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Wayne and Marlene Sovereign
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Greg and Teri Gruss
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Russ Smith
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Jim Zalesky
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Al Baxter
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in memory of
Geneva Peckham
by Tom, Ruth and families
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Paul Scott
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Gerald Leeman
in memory of
Robert T. "Bob" Mitchell
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Brian Scholbrock
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Dick Govig
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Franc Freeman
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Lee Johnson
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George E. Johnson
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Les Anderson
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Geneva Peckham
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Merlin
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Jim Harmon
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Keith Young
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Simon Roberts
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Gene and Barb Maakestad
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Graphic Edge
Cedar Rapids
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Craig Schwienebart
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Rich Schmauss
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