Arlin Severson

2011 Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee

It could easily be called a wrestling trifecta that very few people could lay claim to.

That trifecta would be coaching his team to state tournament championships and state dual meet titles after having won his own individual state championship for the same school.

Arlin Severson did it all at New Hampton.

A quiet and unassuming individual, Severson coached his 1990 and 1993 teams to both state tournament and state dual meet titles while having won the 112 pound title for New Hampton in 1957.

The New Hampton native has a storied coaching career at his alma mater as his teams won 228 dual meets from 1968-1993. During that span Severson coached eight state champions and 62 conference champions while his squads also won seven conference championships.

The humble coach points to (good wrestlers, good assistant coaches and good community support as some of the keys to New Hampton’s success, but those in the know have said Severson’s work ethic was second to none. (He worked extremely hard, one wrestler said, (He was on the mat with us all the time.

Quick to deflect the attention from himself, Severson adds that conditioning and drilling were also keys to success.

The honors bestowed on Severson include the Lifetime Service Award for Coaching from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, OK. induction into the Iowa High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1989, and the IWCOA Wrestling Service Award in 1993.

Severson’s high school career culminated with a Class B state title at 112 pounds his senior year while posting a 15-1 record.  Severson was a state qualifier all four years while at New Hampton, placing third at 95 pounds as a sophomore.

He continued his strong career at Adams State in Colorado as he was a two-time NCAA qualifier at 123 pounds while posting an overall record of 45-5-5. Severson placed third in the Rocky Mountain Conference all three years he wrestled for Adams State and was team captain and outstanding wrestler at Adams State his senior year.

Severson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 along with Mike VanArsdale and Stewart Carter.

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High School
New Hampton

CoachRoger Isaacson, John Philo

  • 1954 95 lbs. 11-5, State qualifier
  • 1955 95 lbs. 14-1 3rd at State
  • 1956 103 lbs. 10-6, state qualifier
  • 1957 112 pounds, 15-1, State Title

Adams State

CoachFrank Powell

  • 1962-64 45-5-5, 2-time NCAA qualifier

  • 1965-68 Southfield, Mich. 27-24
  • 1968-93 New Hampton 228-128-6
  • State tournament & Dual meet titles in 1990 and 1993
  • Conference titles in ’71. ’73, ’84. ’89, ’90.’91,’93
  • 8 state champions, 62 conference champions