Welcome to the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame

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.


Have news to share publicly about an IWHOF inductee? Please fill out the following form & we’ll publish it here.

Click to open State Champ signs IWHOF Mural

State Champ signs IWHOF Mural

Congratulations to Crestwood senior Carter Fousek, a three-time high school State Champion, who recently signed the Cresco panel of the IWHOF mural as a 3-time high school State Champion.

Signing a National Letter of Intent to wrestle for Iowa State University starting with the 2022-23 season, Fousek’s scholarship to ISU will be for five years because he will redshirt during his freshman year.

As Fousek prepares for the upcoming 2021-22 high school season at Crestwood, he will be aiming to become only the 30th wrestler in Iowa to win four individual high school State Titles and the first Cresco or Crestwood High School wrestler to win four State Championships.

Currently, Fousek is one of only three Cresco/Crestwood wrestlers to win three titles. Don Maland (1932-34) and Tom Peckham (1960-62) are the other two three-time champions. Peckham won two individual NCAA titles at Iowa State, and he placed fourth at 191 at the 1968 Olympics.

Click to open Hall of Famer visits Hall of Fame

Hall of Famer visits Hall of Fame

3-time State Champ/4-time Finalist and Iowa High School Inductee, Brent Hagen stopped in for a visit.

We found out this Britt native was a National Champ and a Runner-up at Mankato State and Runner-up at UNI.

Thanks for the great conversation Brent and Carol! What a treat for the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. We had to take a picture alongside Britt 1999 IWHOF Inductee, Dick Govig.

Click to open Wrestling Fans Visit IWHOF

Wrestling Fans Visit IWHOF

What a fun day visiting with New Hampton natives, Bill and  Jack (now living in Indiana). We took their picture with Arlin Severson, another great New Hampton native. Thanks for stopping by and we hope you come back soon!

All News

Search Inductees

Thank You to Our Donors