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CRESCO, IA: Four individuals with northeast Iowa ties will be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco on Monday, April 13. The 46th 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 Ken Snyder, John Bowlsby, Lee Fullhart and Daryl Weber.
Ken Snyder wrestled for Columbus High in Waterloo where he capped off his high school career with a state title at 138 pounds, going unbeaten with a 24-0-1 record. His high school career record was 55-6-1. He wrestled at the University of Northern Iowa where he won two Division II titles at 142 pounds as well as two Division I All-American honors. As a Panther Snyder was 98-15-3. After a brief college coaching stint, Snyder spent the next three years as the head wrestling coach at Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Minnesota. In his three years at Jefferson he had 14 wrestlers qualify for the state tournament and ten of them earned medals. Two of his wrestlers were state champions.
Lee Fullhart of Decorah had a long and storied career in wrestling that stretched 16 years of competition from high school through an extended international career. Fullhart won three state titles (160, 171, 189) for the Vikings while compiling a record of 140-7 from 1991-94. He then went on to the University of Iowa where he was a four-time All American for the Hawkeyes while winning a NCAA title as a sophomore (197). The Hawkeyes won four national team titles during Fullhart’s tenure with Dan Gable and Jim Zalesky. Collegiately he was 107-18 overall. Fullhart went on to have an outstanding international record with highlights including a 2004 National title. He was a two-time Olympic Trials runner-up and a three-time World Team Trials runner-up.
John Bowlsby wrestled for Waterloo West where he was a two-time state champion (1973,1974) in the unlimited weight class. He was unbeaten as a junior and a senior. He also was a four-time state freestyle champion and a 1974 National Freestyle champion. Bowlsby wrestled at the University of Iowa where he was a three-time co-captain, a two-time Big Ten Champion and a three-time All-American.
Daryl Weber prepped at Gilbertville Don Bosco where he was a state champion at 135 in 1990, and at 145 the following year for Dan Mashek. He went on to wrestle at the University of Iowa where he was a three-time All American and National Champion as a senior. After wrestling internationally, Weber started coaching, with his Christianburg VA High School team winning eight straight team titles. During those years Weber coached 42 state champions and was named Regional Coach of the Year six times.
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 $25 and advance registration is required.
The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame is located at the Cresco Welcome Center at the intersection of Highway 9 and Elm Street. The Hall of Fame will be open until 6:00 p.m. the day of the banquet.
Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame to Present Special Founders Award
April 3rd, 2014 Cresco Iowa - As requested by the Selection Committee of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Board of Directors of the Hall of Fame will be honoring three founding members of the oldest wrestling shrine in Iowa with a special “Founders Award” at their 2014 Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet. The three, Bob Howard, Nehl McKone and Don Gooder, have been the only board members to serve as the board’s representative to the Selection Committee over the past 45 years. The Selection Committee operates independently of the Hall of Fame Board of Directors and determines who will inducted into the hall each year. As the board’s representative, these three founding members have been instrumental in the growth of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Bob Howard served as the first board representative to the Selection Committee, followed by Nehl McKone, and then Don Gooder. Mr.Howard passed away in 1976, followed by Mr. McKone in 2009, while Mr. Gooder still serves in that capacity.
In commenting on the award, Mr. Gooder stated: “I need to mention the other original organizers and board members Chris Flanagan, Dale Turnmire, Gayland Peter and Joe Vokaty, and the original selection committee members Russ Smith, Keith Young, Finn Eriksen, Spade Harmon and Bob Howard. Our board members through the years have been unselfish and do anything they can to make this work. We all have our own opinions but those are put aside when it comes down to what is best for the hall. The Selection Committee is very important and they too do what is best for wrestling. The Selection Committee is made up of some of the most respected wrestling people in Iowa. Inductees know of the people on our Selection Committee and are honored to be selected. We have a solid group of businesses and individuals who contribute and we also have a loyal group of people who come to our banquet every year. Our future is nothing but bright. We proved we are now self-sustaining when we paid for the expansion and remodeling of the Hall of Fame last year and because we’re in Iowa, we’ll never run out of good wrestlers to honor!”
Along with the Founders Award, honorees will include Kevin Dresser, Tom Kettman and Doug Schwab, as well as posthumous recognition of Olympians Allie Morrison and Nat Pendleton.
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 on Monday April 14th. 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.
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 20matches again this year.
Tickets for the event are $6.00 and $5.00 for students and will be sold at the door at Crestwood.
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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.
About the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame - The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame’s sole purpose is the promotion of amateur wrestling in Iowa. We have a rich history of honoring native Iowans at our annual awards banquet and induction ceremony. The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame museum is located in the Cresco Welcome Center, at the intersection of Highway 9 and Elm Street. Visit the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame website at iowawrestlinghalloffame.com.
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