IWHOF News Articles

Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame welcomes Class of 2010 Ironside, Smith, Roethler, Chapman

The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame welcomed college wrestling champions Mark Ironside and Jason Smith, high school coaching legend Bob Roethler, and wrestling writer and historian Mike Chapman as Class of 2010 honorees. The presentations were made at a banquet at the Cresco Country Club in Cresco, Iowa on April 12. IWHOF selection committee member Dan Gable introduced the two wrestlers:
  • Mark Ironside wrestled for Gable at the University of Iowa, winning four Midlands crowns, two Big Ten titles and two NCAA Division I championships in the late 1990s.
  • Jason Smith was a teammate of Gable’s at Iowa State University in the late 1960s and early 70s, winning back-to-back NCAA titles at 167 pounds in 1969 and 1970.
Selection committee member Dave Harty introduced Bob Roethler, who put Emmetsburg High School on the wrestling map in the 1970s, winning team and individual titles at the Iowa state wrestling tournament, despite life-threatening health issues. Roethler wrestled at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Mike Chapman was introduced by selection committee Don Gooder. Chapman, a native of Waterloo, was honored for his 40 years of promoting wrestling through his numerous books, the establishment of WIN (Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine), and creating the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute & Museum in Waterloo. Want to stay on top of the latest news in college wrestling? If so, subscribe to College Wrestling Examiner!  You’ll be automatically notified every time a new story is posted here. To sign up for your FREE subscription, click on the “subscribe” button at the top of this page.   Resources
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Here’s your opportunity to visit with Bob Steenlage

Bob enjoys talking with coaches, wrestlers or anyone else who could use a boost of encouragement over the phone or in person.  Just give Bob a call and/or tell him whom you would like him a call and the phone number.  (Bob can be reached at 608-323-2065 / 8199 / 0243)  View his website www.bobsteenlage.com for contact information and more on Bob’s presentations and personal development opportunities, and/or his book “Fighting Back.”  His biography is written by Mike Chapman, who was inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010. Bob would like all to know about a Personal Development program he conducts every Thursday at 9 PM ET, 8 CT, 7 MT and 6 PT.  Just call the following conference call line: 712-432-2900, pin 635-261#.  You can email Bob at bob.steenlage@freelifeleader.com.
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Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Launches New Website

The Board of Directors of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the launch of iowawrestlinghalloffame.com.  Board President Dennis Meirick states “The creation of this website will allow wrestling fans all over the world to enjoy access to the archives of our museum and explore the rich history of the 41 year old Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.” The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame was founded in 1970.  The non-profit organization’s sole purpose is the promotion of amateur wrestling in Iowa.  With the addition of the class of 2010, the roster of inductees includes 97 outstanding native Iowans who’ve contributed to amateur wrestling in our state.  The Hall of Fame is located in Cresco, IA. For more information on the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, and to begin your journey into the history of wrestling in Iowa visit iowawrestlinghalloffame.com today.
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Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Announces 2010 Inductees

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.
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2010 Border Battle will take place March 12, 2010

The board of directors of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, located in Cresco, Iowa, have announced that on Friday March 12th they will host the 9th annual Border Battle, featuring the top senior wrestlers from southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa.  The “Border Battle” will take place in the Crestwood High School gym at 7:00 PM.  Tickets are available at the door.

The Minnesota team will consist of senior wrestlers from school districts located in Mower, Fillmore or Houston counties.  The Iowa team will consist of senior wrestlers from school districts located in Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek or Allamakee counties.  Rosters will be set following the state wrestling tournaments.
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2009 Border Battle will take place March 13, 2009

The board of directors of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, located in Cresco, Iowa, have announced that on Friday March 13th they will host the 8th annual Border Battle, featuring the top senior wrestlers from southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa. The “Border Battle” will take place in the Crestwood High School gym at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available at the door. The Minnesota team will consist of senior wrestlers from school districts located in Mower, Fillmore or Houston counties. The Iowa team will consist of senior wrestlers from school districts located in Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek or Allamakee counties. Rosters will be set following the state wrestling tournaments.
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