IWHOF News Articles

A Great Day to Visit the IWHOF

What a nice visit with Brad & Paulette today at the IWHOF. Lots of great stories about Brad’s brother, G. Wyatt Schultz.

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Future IWHOF Inductees?

Can you find all 11 Iowa rankings? USA Wrestling, FloWrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum have released the June 2022 rankings for high school girls wrestlers for the 2021-22 season. This national ranking evaluates all girls enrolled in grades 8-12, and athletes from all 50 states are eligible for selection.

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2022 IWHOF Banquet

Read more about the 2022 IWHOF Banquet with additional photos.

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IWHOF Banquet is Monday, April 11, 2022

Meet Your 2022 IWHOF Inductees

Four outstanding individuals who’ve contributed mightily to the sport of wrestling will be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco on Monday, April 11, 2022.

The 51st Annual Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremony will begin with a 5:30pm social hour followed by a 6:30pm banquet at the Cresco Country Club south of Cresco. After a two year pause due to the pandemic, the Hall of Fame is excited to honor these individuals and also deeply saddened as new inductee G. Wyatt Schultz passed away on August 21, 2021. Wyatt is greatly missed by the wrestling community but will be honored along with his friends and family.

Congratulations to the following inductees:

Tom Hogan – Gilbertville Don Bosco, UNI, Wartburg – 3x state medalist, state champion, 3x NCAA D3 All-American, D3 NCAA Champion, renowned high school coach.

Col. Thomas L. Huff USAF DC Ret. – Waterloo West, University of Iowa – 3x state champion, 2x Big Ten champion, 2x NCAA All-American, multiple US Armed Services championships, 2x final Olympic Trials place winner.

G.Wyatt Schultz – Postville, Cedar Rapids – owner and publisher of
The Predicament and sports photographer whose work has appeared in
Wrestling USA, Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine, USA Wrestling, and
Sports Illustrated.

Chad Zaputil – Centerville, University of Iowa – 4x state entrant, 2x state champion, 3x Big Ten Conference champion, 3x NCAA tournament finalist.

Banquet tickets are available at the Cresco Chamber of Commerce, 563.547.3434
or CIA Insurance Cresco, 563.547.2382. Tickets are $30 and advance registration is required.

The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame’s sole purpose is the promotion of amateur wrestling and honoring native Iowans. When we conclude the 51st Annual Awards Banquet on April 11, 2022, our roster of inductees will include 137 outstanding individuals for their contributions to amateur wrestling.

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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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Border Battle 2022 in the Books

With a great crowd on hand, March 11th was a celebration of high school wrestling between Minnesota and Iowa.

Right: Ethan Govern IA vs Reed Rinn MN (IA by fall)
Left: Tony Greve IA vs Christian Sackett MN (IA by decision)
Below: IA Exhibition; Anders Kittleson vs Carter Fousek (Fousek 3-1)

 

 

Featuring top seniors from northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota, the Border Battle allows one last look for wrestling enthusiasts of our area’s finest grapplers.

12 matches and 2 exhibitions resulted in Team Iowa chalking up a 36-12 win over Team Minnesota and give Iowa a 11-9 overall lead in the series.

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IWHOF Inductee Jim Miller is 2022 Grand Marshal and IHSAA Hall of Fame Inductee

Congratulations to IWHOF Inductee, Jim Miller, named Marshal of the Iowa State High School 2022 Wrestling Tournament and 2022 IHSAA Hall of Fame.

The IWHOF looks forward to visiting with past and new Inductees at the annual Banquet, Monday, April 11th at the Cresco Country Club with social at 5:30pm and dinner at 6:30pm.

New Inductees are Tom Hogan, Col. Thomas L. Huff USAF DC Ret., Chad Zaputil and G. Wyatt Schultz. Wyatt is greatly missed by the wrestling community but will be honored along with his friends and family.

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IA/MN Border Battle will take place March 11, 2022

The Board of Directors of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, located in Cresco, Iowa is pleased to announce they will host the 20th annual Border Battle on Friday, March 11, 2022.

Featuring top senior wrestlers from southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa, the Border Battle will take place in the Crestwood High School gym at 7:00pm. Tickets are available at the door; $5 Youth and $7 Adults.

This distinctive Border Battle allows one last look for college coaches of our area’s finest grapplers, continued promotion of wrestling and to support the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.

 

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2022 IWHOF Banquet will take place April 11, 2022

Meet Your 2022 IWHOF Inductees

Four outstanding individuals who’ve contributed mightily to the sport of wrestling will be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco on Monday, April 11, 2022.

The 51st Annual Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremony will begin with a 5:30pm social hour followed by a 6:30pm banquet at the Cresco Country Club south of Cresco. After a two year pause due to the pandemic, the Hall of Fame is excited to honor these individuals and also deeply saddened as new inductee G. Wyatt Schultz passed away on August 21, 2021. Wyatt is greatly missed by the wrestling community but will be honored along with his friends and family.

Congratulations to the following inductees:

Tom Hogan – Gilbertville Don Bosco, UNI, Wartburg – 3x state medalist, state champion, 3x NCAA D3 All-American, D3 NCAA Champion, renowned high school coach.

Col. Thomas L. Huff USAF DC Ret. – Waterloo West, University of Iowa – 3x state champion, 2x Big Ten champion, 2x NCAA All-American, multiple US Armed Services championships, 2x final Olympic Trials place winner.

G.Wyatt Schultz – Postville, Cedar Rapids – owner and publisher of
The Predicament and sports photographer whose work has appeared in
Wrestling USA, Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine, USA Wrestling, and
Sports Illustrated.

Chad Zaputil – Centerville, University of Iowa – 4x state entrant, 2x state champion, 3x Big Ten Conference champion, 3x NCAA tournament finalist.

Banquet tickets are available at the Cresco Chamber of Commerce, 563.547.3434
or CIA Insurance Cresco, 563.547.2382. Tickets are $30 and advance registration is required.

The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame’s sole purpose is the promotion of amateur wrestling and honoring native Iowans. When we conclude the 51st Annual Awards Banquet on April 11, 2022, our roster of inductees will include 137 outstanding individuals for their contributions to amateur wrestling.

Visit our Facebook page at Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame | Facebook

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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Oldest Living High School Wrestling Champion Passes Away at 108 years old

The IWHOF offers its condolences to Inductee Gordon Hassman, and brother Raymond Hassman  on the passing of their father, Paul Hassman this past Thursday, February 10, 2022.

Born on January 23, 1914, Paul Hassman is considered to be the longest living high school state wrestling champion in the country. Wrestling for the New Hampton Chickasaws, he was the first state wrestling champ from that Northeast Iowa community.

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IWHOF Banquet Date is Set!

The Hall of Fame Board has set the date for the 2022 IWHOF Banquet
and it’s in person!

Save the Date for Monday, April 11, 2022.

5:00pm-New Inductee Reception at the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame,
101 2nd Ave SW, Cresco
6:30pm-Dinner at the Cresco Country Club, 22005 115th St, Cresco

We can’t wait to see you!

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Des Moines Register Interviews at IWHOF

When the Des Moines Register wants to interview a possible 4-time State High School Champion, where should they meet? At the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, of course!

Sports Reporter Cody Goodwin interviewed Crestwood High School wrestler Carter Fousek for an article featuring four 3-time state champs each looking for their 4th title this year. With only 29 4-time state champs (10 are IWHOF Inductees), this could be a banner year for Iowa high school wrestling.

Notice the IWHOF Inductee in the background? Yup, it’s ISU’s Kevin Dresser, future coach for Carter.

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IWHOF Inductee Reiland passes away

The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame offers its condolences to the family of Inductee Mark Reiland.

Longtime Iowa City West wrestling coach, former Hawkeye wrestler Mark Reiland has passed away at age 52. Reiland was a two-time state champion at Eagle Grove High School and a University of Iowa national titleholder.

Mark was inducted in the IWHOF in 2016, just four years after his father, Marv Reiland.

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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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