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IWHOF Banquet

Posted: April 09, 2018
The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame's sole purpose is the promotion of amateur wrestling in Iowa. Open to the public, April 9, 2018 is the Banquet and Induction Ceremony. Call 563.547.3434 to reserve your tickets.

We have a rich history of honoring native Iowans at our annual awards banquet and induction ceremony. The original banquet was held in 1970. When we concluded the 48th annual awards banquet on April 10, 2017, at the Cresco Country Club, our roster of inductees included 125 outstanding individuals for their contributions to amateur wrestling.
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IWHOF Inductee Bill Smith Passes

Posted: March 22nd, 2018
1972 IWHOF inductee Bill Smith passed away Tuesday March 20 at the age of 89.
Thanks to Mark Palmer, InterMat Senior Staff Writer, for allowing us to post this article Mark wrote about Bill Smith for InterMat.
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IWHOF Announces 2018 Inductees

Posted: March 20th, 2018
The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, located in Cresco, has announced the 2018 inductees.  They are Steve Hamilton, Shane Light, Kirk Myers and Lennie Zalesky.  The 49th annual banquet is set for Monday April 9th.  Social hour starts at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 with the Induction ceremony following. 
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Border Battle

Posted: March 09, 2018
Friday, March 9th is the annual Border Battle hosted by the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Tickets $6.00/person.
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2012 Inductee Gene Doyle (1940-2018)

Posted: January 17th, 2018
The Board of Directors of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of 2012 inductee Gene Doyle.  Gene passed away Sunday January 14th, 2018. 
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IWHOF Board Member Hruska Honored

Posted: December 12th, 2017
IWHOF Board Member Jerome Hruska was recently inducted into the Creston Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Hruska was inducted along with Dylan Long and the 1972 Creston wrestling team.  Hruska coached at Creston from 1969-1979.  See attached story from the Creston News Advertiser.
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Flanagan, Kettman Inducted into Brand WHOF of IA

Posted: June 26th, 2017
Legendary coaches Chris Flanagan and Tom Kettman were inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa on Saturday June 24th.  The Brand WHOF is located in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo.  Along with family members, Flanagan was represented by some current members of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Board of Directors.  The IWHOF is located in Cresco, where Flanagan coached.   Flanagan coached many of the current board members.

Pictured in front are Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Members Sandy Stevens, Dan Gable, Chuck Yagla and Bob Siddens.  In back are Jim Sovereign and IWHOF board members Jerome Hruska and Chuck Curtis.
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2017 IA-MN Border Battle Results

Posted: March 14th, 2017
Minnesota emerged victorious in the 16th annual IA - MN Border Battle on Friday March 10th, 2017 besting the Iowa team 37-30 in Cresco.  The combined rosters of the two teams had made 40 state tournament appearances, winning 22 medals, including 7 golds.  That made for some exciting match ups.  With the win, Minnesota evened the series 8-8.  See attached results.
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Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

Posted: March 8th, 2017
Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

Posted: March 8th, 2017

CRESCO, IA:  Four worthy and deserving individuals will be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco on Monday, April 10th. Among them is the first woman to be inducted into the IWHOF, and the sixth set of brothers to be inducted.  The 48th 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 are Joel and Justin Greenlee, Mike Mann and Sandy Stevens.

Waverly natives Joel and Justin Greenlee become the 122nd and 123rd inductees into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, joining five other families with brothers inducted. That impressive group includes Terry and Tom Brands, Jim and Joe Gibbons, Dave and Paul Martin, Don and Harold Nichols and Doug and Mark Schwab.  Both Joel and Justin were state champions at Waverly, All-Americans at UNI, and successful international competitors.  Joel attained fourth and second place NCAA finishes, while Justin was eighth, second, and second in his three NCAA trips.  Joel is in his 20th year as the head wrestling coach at Ohio. Justin is a research veterinary pathologist for the USDA at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, IA.

The 124th inductee into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame is Mike Mann.  Mike won a state championship wrestling at Marshalltown High School in 1978.  He followed that up at Iowa State University with seventh, fourth, second, and second place finishes in the NCAA tournament.  He won 113 matches as a Cyclone, was a 1981 Midlands champion and a 1983 Big 8 champion. Mike is the head wrestling coach at Marshalltown High School, where he’s coached since 2012.

Sandy Stevens becomes the 125th inductee in the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Sandy has been behind the mic at every level of wrestling competition.  She’s announced at state and national championships for Kids, Cadets, Juniors, Espoir, and many state and national high school championships.  She did the NCAA D1 tournament 34 years, has been the announcer for the Midlands, Senior World Championships, Pan Am Championships, and the Olympics Games.  Sandy received the Order of Merit from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1998, and many other accolades across the USA and the world.

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’s sole purpose is the promotion of amateur wrestling in Iowa. The IWHOF has a rich history of honoring native Iowans at our annual awards banquet and induction ceremony. The inaugural banquet was held in 1970. When we conclude the 48th annual awards banquet on April 10, 2017, our roster of inductees will included 125 outstanding individuals for their contributions to amateur wrestling. 

Visit our website at http://www.iowawrestlinghalloffame.com/

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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2007 Border Battle Results

Posted: October 27th, 2016
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