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Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees

Posted: March 26th, 2013

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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.  


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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Contact Information

Dennis Meirick

President,Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame

Office 563-569-8501

Mobile 319-240-6659

Email – dmeirick@iowatelecom.net

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IA-MN Border Battle promotes Let's Keep Wrestling

Posted: March 11th, 2013
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.  To learn more about Let's Keep Wrestling visit letskeepwrestling.com.
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LET'S KEEP WRESTLING

Posted: February 19th, 2013

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 at LETSKEEPWRESTLING.COM.

Let's Keep Wrestling!

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Leslie "Les" Anderson March 13, 1938 - November 9, 2012

Posted: November 12th, 2012
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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UNI Wrestling Great Keith Young Dies in Cedar Falls

Posted: July 31st, 2012

From the National Wrestling Hall of Fame:

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

Posted: April 20th, 2012
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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View coverage of the 43rd Annual Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet

Posted: April 11th, 2012
On Monday evening April 9th, 2012 the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco inducted the 101st, 102nd, 103rd and 104th members into the elite group of native Iowans that comprise the Hall of Fame.  The 2012 inductees are Bob Buzzard, Gene Doyle, Marv Reiland and Mark Sindlinger.  Follow the link below to view coverage of the Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet.  Thanks to Randy Novotny and WddNews.com for providing coverage of the banquet.
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New Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame hats are now available!

Posted: March 26th, 2012
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

Posted: March 23rd, 2012
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.

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.

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Tickets available for Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Banquet April 9, 2012

Posted: March 22nd, 2012
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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