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Iowa Icon: Gotch Up There with Feller, Warner, Gable

Thanks to Mike Chapman for sending us this WHO TV spot on Frank Gotch.
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Stop by the Hall of Fame on Monday, April 14th before you go to the Banquet!

The public is invited to stop in on Monday afternoon, April 14, 2014 to see the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame and maybe get a chance to meet and greet the new Inductees before they head out to the Cresco Country Club for the Banquet.
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2014 IWHOF Border Battle will take place March 7, 2014

CRESCO, IA: The top senior wrestlers from northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota who have completed outstanding high school careers will face off in the 13th annual all-star “Border Battle” dual meet at 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 7 at the Crestwood High School. “Things are still up in the air as far as who will be wrestling for Minnesota,” stated Dennis Meirick, president of the hosting Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. “Minnesota just finished their state tournament this weekend and will be putting their team together in the next few days.” Meirick noted wrestlers from Decorah, Turkey Valley, Osage, South Winneshiek, MFL and Crestwood have committed for the Iowa squad.The Border Battle dual meet record is 6-6 after the Minnesota squad picked up a win last year. The Minnesota team will consist of senior wrestlers from school districts located in Mower, Fillmore and Houston counties. The Iowa team will consist of seniors from school districts drawing students in from Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties. As in the past, both teams could draw a few wrestlers from outside the boundaries. Iowa wrestlers who have accepted the invitations include eight state place finishers: 132 pound Hunter Slifka who placed third for Crestwood this year and is a three-time state qualifier; 132 pound Chris Hanke, Osage who placed 7th in 2013; 138 pound Christian Fox of Osage who placed third this year and is a two-time state qualifier; 152 pound Douglas Perrin of Osage who is a two-time state place finisher; 182 pound Nathan Howe of MFL who placed sixth at state this year; 195 pound Christopher Brincks of South Winneshiek who placed second at state this year and fifth in 2013; 285 pound Luke Kuennen of Turkey Valley who placed fifth this year; and 285 pound Austin Ashbacher of Decorah who placed 6th last year and is a three-time state qualifier. Other wrestlers competing for Iowa include: 145 pound Erick Buckendahl of Turkey Valley; 152 pound Riley Meirick of Turkey Valley;152 pound Cody Ritner of Decorah, 152 pound Isaac Hover of Crestwood, 160 pound Tyler Randall of Osage; 160 pound Charles Hadacek of Turkey Valley; 170 pound Dillon Johnson of Osage; 170 pound Levi Henry of Crestwood; 195 pound Brandon Slifka of Crestwood; and 220 pound Kyle Reicks of Turkey Valley. “We have to thank the coaches from both Iowa and Minnesota who make this happen every year,” Meirick said. “We really have to scramble to make this happen but it’s always worth it because we do this to honor our seniors who have given so much to our sport. It’s always exciting.” Border Battle organizers hope to feature about 15 to 20 matches again this year.
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Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees

CRESCO, Ia., February 18th, 2014 – Two Division I coaches and a highly successful high school coach will be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco on Monday, April 14th, along with two native Iowans who won Olympic medals nearly 100 years ago. The 45th Annual Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremony will begin with a 5:30 social hour followed by a 6:30 banquet at the Cresco Country Club south of Cresco. Those being inducted this year are Kevin Dresser of Riner Virginia, Doug Schwab of Cedar Falls and Tom Kettman of Gilbertville.  They become the 109th, 110th, and 111th members inducted into the Hall since the first class was inducted in 1970. In addition, past Olympians Nat Pendleton and Allie Morrison will be inducted posthumously, becoming IWHOF members 112 and 113. Kevin Dresser was a two time state champ at Humboldt High School, a two time Big Ten champion and two time All-American at the Univ. of Iowa, winning the 1986 NCAA championship at 142 pounds. Following his stellar career as a wrestler, Dresser embarked on a very success stint as a high school coach, winning 13 state titles over the course of 18 years at Grundy and Christiansburg high schools in Virginia. In 2006 Dresser was named head wrestling coach at Virginia Tech, where he is coming off a season that had the Hokie’s winning the ACC championship and Dresser winning Coach of the Year honors. Doug Schwab wrestled at Osage High School, winning a state title at 130 pounds in 1996. Schwab wrestled for Dan Gable at the University of Iowa, becoming a three time All-American and winning an NCAA title at 141 lbs in 1999. He continued with a successful international career, culminating with a spot on the 2008 USA Olympic team, competing in freestyle at 145.5 pounds in Beijing, China. Schwab spent time as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech and Iowa before being named head coach at the University of Northern Iowa in 2010. His team just finished the 2013-14 season undefeated at 12-0. UNI had never won 12 consecutive duals in the history of the program that dates back to 1923. Tom Kettman coached wrestling at Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville for 30 years; 19 as an assistant to Dan Mashek and 11 as the head man. During his 11 years as head coach, he compiled a dual meet record of 260-28. Kettman’s teams won 5 traditional state titles and 7 dual state titles, and finished runner-up 6 times combined in the two formats. He coached 17 young men to state championships, including two 4-timers and a 3-timer. Kettman was a state qualifier for Mashek in 1977, and was a two time NCAA Division III qualifier at Loras College. He continues to be involved with the program at Don Bosco. Nat Pendleton and Allie Morrison were Olympians in the 1920’s. Davenport native Nathaniel Pendleton was a silver medalist at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp Belgium. He went onto become a famous professional wrestler and film star. Marshalltown native Allie Morrison was an Olympic champion at the 1928 Olympics held in Amsterdam, becoming the first native Iowan to earn Olympic gold in any sport. Banquet tickets are available at the Cresco Chamber of Commerce (563-547-3434) and CIA Insurance in Cresco (563-547-2382). Tickets are $25 and advance registration is required. The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame will be open until 6:00 p.m. the day of the banquet.
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Dan Gable addressing Olympic Wrestling

Watch video of Dan Gable addressing the crowd at the 44th annual Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cresco, IA. Gable gave some insight into where the wrestling community stands in regard to the IOC decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympics.

 
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Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees

CRESCO, Ia., March 26, 2013 – Two coaches and two wrestlers with diverse backgrounds will be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco on Monday, April 8.  The 44th Annual Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremony will begin with a 5:30 social hour followed by a 6:30 banquet at the Cresco Country Club south of Cresco. Those being inducted this year are David Ripley, Charles City; Tolly Thompson, Cedar Falls; Robert Kenny, Mason City and Jason Kelber, Valentine, NE.  They become the 105th,106th, 107th and 108th members inducted into the Hall since the first class was inducted in 1970. David Ripley was the Riceville wrestling coach for 33 years. In those years Ripley’s teams won two state titles while also being a runner-up in both the state and dual meet tournaments.  The Wildcat teams posted a record of 319-90-1 under Ripley’s tenure. Ripley coached 95 state qualifiers, 51 state place winners and 7 state champions.  He was twice named Coach of the Year. Robert Kenny also had an outstanding coaching career, his at Emmetsburg.  Kenny’s teams won six state teams titles and two state dual meet titles while also being a runner-up in three other state tournaments.  Kenny’s teams were 289-123-1.  He had 88 state qualifiers and 56 place winners.  He coached 12 wrestlers to state titles, 12 to second place finishes, 13 to third place finishes and 9 to fourth place finishes. Tolly Thompson was a three-time NCAA All-American while capturing one NCAA championship for the University of Nebraska.  The Janesville native twice placed second in the high school state tournament.  Thompson further distinguished himself as he wrestled internationally for eight years after college. Thompson placed third at the 2005 World Championship at 120 kgs/265.5 lbs in Budapest Hungary.  Along with the bronze at the World Cup, Thompson placed second at the Cerrod Pelado International and was the Dave Schultz Memorial International Champion. Jason Kelber, who wrestled for West Marshall High School in State Center, was a three-time state champion who went unbeaten his sophomore, junior and senior seasons (123-3 overall). Kelber also wrestled at the University of Nebraska where he was a 126 pound NCAA champion and a three-time all American. Banquet tickets are available at the Cresco Chamber of Commerce (563-547-3434) and CIA Insurance in Cresco (563-547-2382).  Tickets are $20 and advance registration is required. The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, which was remodeled and expanded in the past two months, will be open until 6:00  p.m. the day of the banquet.
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IA-MN Border Battle promotes Let’s Keep Wrestling

The IA and MN teams gather at center mat to promote Let’s Keep Wrestling.  32 high school seniors represented their respective states in the 12th annual IA-MN Border Battle hosted by the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.  The event was Friday March 8th, 2013 in Cresco IA, home of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Visit 2013 Border Battle Results for complete details.  
  Wrestling is one of the oldest sports in the Olympics, and the International Olympic Committee has put it on the chopping block for 2020. Join Governor Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and fellow Iowans in opposing this affront to the Olympic tradition by signaling your support for Olympic wrestling.
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Leslie “Les” Anderson Passes

Leslie Albert Anderson of Nevada passed away at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames on Friday, November 9, 2012 at the age of 74
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Keith Young Passes

Legendary wrestler Keith Young passed away on July 29 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He was 81.
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IWHOF Board Members Attend Unveiling of Statue in Honor of Dan Gable

Thursday April 18, 2012 was an exciting day for IWHOF Board Members who traveled to University of Iowa to attend the unveiling of the Dan Gable Statue. Pictured left to right, Don Gooder, Dan Gable, Jerome Hruska, and Dennis Meirick. Not pictured Jason Passmore.
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New Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame hats are now available!

New Hats are available at the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame located at the Welcome Center in Cresco, Iowa (101 2nd Ave SW). Call 563.547.3434 for more information or pick yours up at the Banquet April 9, 2012!
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Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees

CRESCO, IA: Four individuals with diverse backgrounds will be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco Monday, April 9. The 43rd Annual Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremonies will begin with a 5:30 social hour followed by a 6:30 banquet at the Cresco Country Club south of Cresco. Those being inducted this year are Gene Doyle from Cedar Falls, Marv Reiland from Iowa City, Mark Sindlinger from Charles City and Bob Buzzard from Salem OR. Gene Doyle was head coach at Cedar Falls from 1985 to 2000 with his squads posting a 242-51 dual meet record. His teams won the traditional state teams titles in 1993, 1997, and 1998 while also winning the dual meet title in 1993. He coached 43 state place finishers during his tenure including 10 state champions. Marv Reiland is most recognized for his coaching and officiating. In the 20 years at his alma mater Eagle Grove his squads went 129-62-5. His Eagles captured three state team titles, one dual meet state title, while also being a state runner-up two times. Reiland coached 71 state qualifiers, 14 state champions and 14 state runners-up. He also officiated 42 years, was named Iowa Wrestling Official of the Year and named to the IHSAA Officials Hall of Fame in 2012. He worked 19 state tournaments and 17 years in the state dual meet tournaments. Mark Sindlinger was a three-time state heavyweight champion for Charles City. Sindlinger then went on to start for the University of Iowa football team for three years when the Hawkeyes were able to go to four straight bowl appearances. The rare two-sport Division I athlete would then join the wrestling team in January and wrestle until nationals. Despite his limited wrestling time, Sindlinger was a two-time Big Ten Champion and a two-time All American. Bob Buzzard was a two-time state champion for legendary coach Dave Natvig at East Waterloo. Buzzard then went on to Iowa State University where he was a two time All American. He continued to wrestle and captured a national freestyle title and a national Greco Roman title before qualifying for the Olympic team in 1972. He also has been a successful coach in Oregon including a state team title this year. Banquet tickets are available at the Cresco Chamber of Commerce (563-547-3434), Farmers Mill, Protivin (563-569-8501) and CIA Insurance in Cresco (563-547-2382). Tickets are $20 and advance registration is required.
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2012 Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Banquet

Tickets are now available for the upcoming Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Banquet on April 9, 2012. Plan to tour the Hall of Fame and then join us at the Cresco Country Club for the Banquet. Call 563.547.3434 to reserve your ticket today!
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Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Announces 2011 Inductees

Cresco, IA: Three individuals with northeast Iowa ties will be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco on Monday, April 11. The 42nd Annual Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremony will begin with a 5:30 social hour followed by a 6:30 banquet at the Cresco Country Club south of Cresco. Two former Waterloo wrestlers, Mike VanArsdale and Stewart Carter, will be inducted into the hall of fame along with Arlin Severson, who was a successful wrestler and coach at New Hampton. Mike VanArsdale won a NCAA Division 1 title for Iowa State University in 1988 , and was a two-time Olympic Alternate (1996 & 2000). He also was a 1991 World Cup Champion, a CISM (Military) World Champion and a University National Freestyle Champion. At Iowa State VanArsdale had a 108-33 record and was a three-time All American. VanArsdale wrestled at West Waterloo in high school where he was a state champion as a junior and state runner-up as a senior. VanArsdale currently lives in Chandler, AZ. Stewart Carter was also an NCAA champion at Iowa State, winning his title at 158 pounds in 1987. Carter went 76-23-4 while wrestling all four years at Iowa State after being a “walk on” wrestler as a freshman. Carter wrestled at Waterloo Columbus High School and was a four-time state qualifier, placing third twice and was a state runner-up as a senior. Carter currently lives in Cedar Falls. Arlin Severson coached his New Hampton teams to four state titles. In 1990 the New Hampton team won both the state team title and the state dual meet title and they followed that up with the same titles in 1993. He coached eight state champions and 62 conference champions. Severson was a 112 pound state champion in 1957 while wrestling for New Hampton. Severson lives in New Hampton. Banquet tickets are available at the Cresco Chamber of Commerce (563-547-3434), CIA Insurance in Cresco (563-547-2382) and Farmers Mill, Protivin (563-569-8501). Tickets are $20 and advance registration is required.
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Dave Harty Passes

Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame member Dave Harty passed away on October 8, 2010. Dave was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991. He was also a member of the Halls selection committee, and served as it’s chairman for many years. As with everything Dave did, he embraced the leadership role and worked hard to improve the IWHOF. He will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to his family.
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