IWHOF News Articles

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.

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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.

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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!

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Wrestling Enthusiast and IWHOF Inductee, G.Wyatt Schultz

The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame is saddened to hear of the passing of G. Wyatt Schultz. Deservedly, Wyatt was nominated and approved for induction into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2020. Due to the pandemic, our annual induction ceremony and awards banquet was postponed in both 2020 and 2021. Like so many wrestling events going forward, our 2022 banquet will not be the same without Wyatt. Our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to Kirsten and the entire Schultz family.

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The impact of Cresco, IA amateur wrestling…on the sport…and the World

Don Henry PhD, Cresco native and 2 time state champion (only Cresco wrestler to wrestle in 4 state championships) penned a Letter to the Editor in the Times Plain Dealer published on August 4, 2021.
Thanks Don, what a great read!

TPD Letter to the Editor Don Henry



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WMT Radio visits the IWHOF

Scouting routes in Eastern Iowa, Matt & Bill stopped at the IWHOF for a visit. Both had great stories to tell about 4-time state champions Greg Randall and  Scott Morningstar.
We hope to see you soon!

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IWHOF Inductee who never wrestled but made a big impact

A wrestling enthusiast stopped by to tour the Hall of Fame. Low and behold, his high school tennis coach is an inductee! Delighted, Bill told us his high school tennis coach, Howard Barker, never played high school or college tennis and was a great coach. Bill said Barker never wrestled either – and was an even better wrestling coach. Some people just know how to teach. Thanks for visiting with us at the IWHOF.

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Jinkies! Fun Stories from Wrestling Fans

What a fun day at the IWHOF! We got to hear stories of Susan’s (right) uncle Jinx Durfey. As a CHS Spartan, Jinx was a 1927 state champ at 85 lbs, 1928 2nd place champ at 95 lbs and 1929 state champ at 105 lbs. It was fun to hear about the early years in Cresco.

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Heck yeah, we want to stop at the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame!

What do you do when you meet up with friends for your annual fishing trip? Visit the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame! Always fun to meet new wrestling fans and coaches to the Hall. Thanks, Brandon, Herbie, and Chris for making the IWHOF one of your stops along the way.

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Illinois Families Visit IWHOF

What a fun day at the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame! Thanks to the Durkin and Seifert families from Illinois for stopping in. We really enjoyed your visit and hope you stop back again. Check out those young wrestlers in the picture!

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Cresco High School Wrestler Visits IWHOF

What a fun day visiting with Gene Frank (yes, related to 2003 Hall of Fame Inductee, Joe Frank). Gene wrestled for Cresco High School and Iowa State University  where he placed 3rd at 177lbs for the 1957 3rd place ISU team.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing your stories with us. We hope you come back this summer!

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IWHOF welcomes wrestling writer Andy Hamilton

The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame welcomed a new friend to the Hall on Tuesday, April 22, 2021. Kyle Klingman, Dan Gable Museum Director, brought writer, Andy Hamilton to the IWHOF for the first time and we had lots of fun talking wrestling. We hope this isn’t the last time we get to visit!

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