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Iowa Team beats Minnesota Squad at Border Battle

Posted: March 13th, 2014
Nate Troy, The Cresco Times Plain Dealer, posted this article on the 13th annual Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Border Battle.
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2014 IWHOF Border Battle

Posted: March 3rd, 2014

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

Posted: February 18th, 2014

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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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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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Dan Gable addressing Olympic Wrestling

Posted: April 22nd, 2013
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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Cresco Times coverage of IWHOF 44th Awards Banquet

Posted: April 10th, 2013
Nate Troy, The Cresco Times Plain Dealer, posted this article on the 44th annual Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
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WDDNews.com coverage of the 44th annual Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Awards Banquet

Posted: April 10th, 2013
Randy Novotny, WDDNews.com, posted this report from the 44th annual Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet.   Thanks Randy!
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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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