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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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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.

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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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