The Board of Directors of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame has announced the 2010 inductees into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. The class of 2010 includes Mark Ironside, Dr. Jason Smith, Mike Chapman and Bob Roethler. They become the 94th, 95th, 96th, and 97th members of the Hall since the first class was inducted in 1970. They were recommended to the Hall by members of the Selection Committee, and unanimously approved by the Board of Directors.
Mark Ironside was a two-time NCAA champion at the University of Iowa, a four-time Big Ten champion as well as being a two-time state champion from Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
Dr. Jason Smith was a two-time NCAA champion at Iowa State and the first state champion at Ankeny High School.
Mike Chapman is a prolific wrestling author and historian. He is also the founder of the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo, and the creator of WIN magazine.
Bob Roethler won four straight team titles as a coach at Emmetsburg while leading his teams to 63 straight dual meet wins and “Coach of the Year” honors in 1977.
The 41st annual Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Awards Banquet will be held on Monday, April 12th, 2010. The banquet will be held at the Cresco Country Club with a social at 5:30 PM followed by dinner and the induction ceremony at 6:30 PM. Tickets for the banquet can be obtained by contacting Cindy Butikofer at 563-547-2382.
The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame is located in the Cresco Welcome Center at the junction of Hwy 9 and North Elm Street in Cresco.
The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame also announces the development of a new website that details the biographies of past inductees. The website, developed to promote wrestling and to retain vital history of the sport, can be found at iowawrestlinghalloffame.com.