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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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Call 563.547.3434 for more information or pick yours up at the Banquet April 9, 2012!
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
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.
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!