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Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Announces 2010 Inductees

Posted: February 15th, 2010
The Board of Directors of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame has announced the 2010 inductees into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.  The class of 2010 includes Mark Ironside, Dr. Jason Smith, Mike Chapman and Bob Roethler.  They become the 94th, 95th, 96th, and 97th members of the Hall since the first class was inducted in 1970.  They were recommended to the Hall by members of the Selection Committee, and unanimously approved by the Board of Directors. 

Mark Ironside was a two-time NCAA champion at the University of Iowa, a four-time Big Ten champion as well as being a two-time state champion from Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

Dr. Jason Smith was a two-time NCAA champion at Iowa State and the first state champion at Ankeny High School. 

Mike Chapman is a prolific wrestling author and historian.  He is also the founder of the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo, and the creator of WIN magazine.

Bob Roethler won four straight team titles as a coach at Emmetsburg while leading his teams to 63 straight dual meet wins and "Coach of the Year" honors in 1977.

The 41st annual Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Awards Banquet will be held on Monday, April 12th, 2010.  The banquet will be held at the Cresco Country Club with a social at 5:30 PM followed by dinner and the induction ceremony at 6:30 PM.  Tickets for the banquet can be obtained by contacting Cindy Butikofer at 563-547-2382 , or by visiting iowawrestlinghalloffame.com.

The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame is located in the Cresco Welcome Center at the junction of Hwy 9 and North Elm Street in Cresco. 

The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame also announces the development of a new website that details the biographies of past inductees.  The website, developed to promote wrestling and to retain vital history of the sport, can be found at iowawrestlinghalloffame.com.


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Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Launches New Website

Posted: February 15th, 2010
The Board of Directors of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the launch of iowawrestlinghalloffame.com.  Board President Dennis Meirick states "The creation of this website will allow wrestling fans all over the world to enjoy access to the archives of our museum and explore the rich history of the 41 year old Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame." 

The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame was founded in 1970.  The non-profit organization's sole purpose is the promotion of amateur wrestling in Iowa.  With the addition of the class of 2010, the roster of inductees includes 97 outstanding native Iowans who've contributed to amateur wrestling in our state.  The Hall of Fame is located in Cresco, IA.

For more information on the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, and to begin your journey into the history of wrestling in Iowa visit iowawrestlinghalloffame.com today.
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2010 Border Battle to be Held Friday, March 12th, 2010 in Cresco

Posted: January 8th, 2010
The board of directors of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, located in Cresco, Iowa, have announced that on Friday March 12th they will host the 9th annual Border Battle, featuring the top senior wrestlers from southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa.  The "Border Battle" will take place in the Crestwood High School gym at 7:00 PM.  Tickets are available at the door.

The Minnesota team will consist of senior wrestlers from school districts located in Mower, Fillmore or Houston counties.  The Iowa team will consist of senior wrestlers from school districts located in Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek or Allamakee counties.  Rosters will be set following the state wrestling tournaments.  

The board stated that its goals for this event are the overall promotion of wrestling, to give college coaches one last look at our areas finest grapplers, and to help support the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. 
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2009 Border Battle Results

Posted: March 17th, 2009
NE Iowa wins Border Battle over Minnesota, 43-31; lead series 5-3
By Ken Becker
Cresco Times-Plain Dealer

Northeast Iowa wrestlers won 11 of 18 matches Friday night to lay claim to the Border Battle title in the eighth annual match-up of Northeast Iowa seniors against Southeast Minnesota grapplers.

The 43-31 victory gives the Iowans a 5-3 advantage in the series.

Iowa started off strong, winning the first five matches to go up 18-0. The opening match was a win by Crestwood senior Nick Hagen as he got the Iowa team off to a good started with a 4-1 decision over Nathan Manful of LARP (Lanesboro-Rushford-Peterson).

Minnesota tightened up the team race by also winning five in a row to make it 18-18. Two of those Minnesota wins were a close 4-3 decision by Bobby Dulitz of Austin over Ross Kurash of Turkey Valley and a narrow decision over Crestwood’s Jed Greenslade. It was an especially tough loss by Greenslade as Tony Becker of LARP pulled a 7-6 win needing three overtimes.

After Minnesota took a 21-18 lead, Andrew Rhodes of MFL/Mar-Mac started the Iowa team on a run of four consecutive wins and six of the next seven. Rhodes, who placed third in the Iowa state wrestling tournament, decisioned Lucas Jensen of Stewartville, 8-5.

Following Rhodes’ win was a convincing 9-3 decision by Quinn Meirick of Turkey Valley over Jacob Hamlin of GMLOK. Meirick placed fifth at the state meet and came into Friday night’s match with an impressive 37-2 record. Hamlin was also a state qualifier for the Minnesota state tournament, which wrapped up the previous weekend, and was 33-9 on the season. Iowa’s tournament wrapped up three weeks earlier and some of the Iowa wrestlers had not been on a wrestling mat for a month or more.

Giving Iowa breathing room in the team race were pins recorded by Kolby Berg of Osage and Dallas Hendrickson of St. Ansgar. Berg recorded his fall over Ethan Reed of Albert Lea in 1:03 with Hendrickson, who placed third in the state and came into the Border Battle with a 41-3 record, needing only :49 to pin Jamie Thomas of Fillmore Central.

The fastest pin of the night was recorded by Tyler Ellingson of Decorah as he needed only 18 seconds to pin Jeremy Hauger of Stewartville.

A crowd of several hundred was on hand for the Border Battle, which is sponsored by the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco. In addition to supporting the hall, the Border Battle also gives area college wrestling coaches an opportunity to see high school wrestlers one more time.

Iowa results:
  • Nick Hagen, Crestwood, won 4-1 dec. over Nathan Manful, LARP.
  • Andy Hugeback, New Hampton, won 7-3 dec. over Justin Haase, Stewartville.
  • Tyler Ellingson, Decorah, won :18 fall over Jeremy Hauger, Stewartville.
  • Josh Hundt, MFL/Mar-Mac, won 6-4 dec. over Alex Churchill, Southland.
  • Daniel Frana, South Winneshiek, won 7-5 dec. over Kaylen Gottman, Stewartville.
  • Craig Mai, New Hampton, lost 1:59 fall to Logan Kortan, Albert Lea.
  • Jordan Ackerman, Osage, lost 1:51 fall to Blaine Coyle, Fillmore Central.
  • Ross Kurash, Turkey Valley, lost 4-3 dec. to Bobbie Dulitz, Austin.
  • Jed Greenslade, Crestwood, lost 7-6 (3 OT) to Tony Becker, LARP.
  • Andrew Casper, Decorah, lost 8-1 dec. to Ethan Eggum, Austin.
  • Andrew Rhodes, MFL/Mar-Mac won 8-5 dec. over Lucas Jensen, Stewartville.
  • Quinn Meirick, Turkey Valley, won 9-3 dec. over Jacob Hamlin, GMLOK.
  • Kolby Berg, Osage, won 1:03 fall over Ethan Reed, Albert Lea.
  • Dallas Hendrickson, St. Ansgar, won :49 fall over Jamie Thomas, Fillmore Central.
  • Nick Hagen, Crestwood, lost 1:01 fall to Cody Hanson, Albert Lea.
  • Taylor Reicks, MFL/Mar-Mac, won 17-4 (major) dec. over Alex Churchill, Southland.
  • Eric Horstman, Central Springs, won 10-3 dec. over Justin Haase, Stewartville.
  • Tyler Ellingson, Decorah, lost 11-2 (major) dec. to Charlie Hinsch.
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2009 Border Battle to be Held Friday, March 13th in Cresco, Iowa

Posted: February 11th, 2009
The board of directors of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, located in Cresco, Iowa, have announced that on Friday March 13th they will host the 8th annual Border Battle, featuring the top senior wrestlers from southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa.  The "Border Battle" will take place in the Crestwood High School gym at 7:00 PM.  Tickets are available at the door.

The Minnesota team will consist of senior wrestlers from school districts located in Mower, Fillmore or Houston counties.  The Iowa team will consist of senior wrestlers from school districts located in Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek or Allamakee counties.  Rosters will be set following the state wrestling tournaments.

The board stated that its goals for this event are the overall promotion of wrestling, to give college coaches one last look at our areas finest grapplers, and to help support the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.
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2008 Border Battle Results

Posted: March 12th, 2008
Minnesota wrestlers roll late to capture Border Battle, 49-39
By Ken Becker
Cresco Times-Plain Dealer

High school wrestlers mostly from Southeast Minnesota won five of the final six matches to edge a team composed of Northeast Iowa wrestlers, 49-39, in the Border Battle wrestling exhibition held Friday night in the Crestwood gym.

A total of 24 matches were held with nearly 600 wrestling fans in attendance.

The seventh annual event is sponsored every March by the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, headquartered in Cresco. Funds raised by the meet support the hall of fame, located at the Cresco Welcome Center. The meet also gives college coaches an opportunity to see wrestlers in action one last time. All of the wrestlers are seniors and have completed their high school wrestling careers.

Two of the three Crestwood wrestlers competing, Tannor Burke and Mitch Kriener, won their matches in impressive fashion to the delight of the home crowd.

Burke, wrestling at 130, scored an escape and a takedown in the final period on the way to a 7-3 decision over Jon Hegge of Southland. Hegge came into the match with an impressive 24-2 record. Burke, who was a state qualifier this year after finishing second last year at 119, posted a 30-5 record in his final year as a Cadet.

Kriener was equally impressive as he defeated Zach Peterson of Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 8-4, in their 171-pound match. Kriener, who placed fifth at the state meet recently, completed his high school career with a 32-5 record. Peterson placed second in the Minnesota state meet with a high school record this past season of 37-5.

Each team won 12 of the matches. The Minnesota team won the meet by virtual of three pins and an injury default. The Iowa team picked up one fall. Eight of the matches were decided by one point.

The Iowa team won five matches in a row, started by a fall from Nolan Hammel of Osage, to wipe out a 28-18 deficit and move on top, 36-28. However, the Minnesota team won the next five matches, two by pins, to move on top by 13 points.

Although the majority of the Minnesota wrestlers were from school districts in or bordering Mower, Fillmore and Houston counties, two participants were from United South Central, located near Blue Earth, MN. The Iowa wrestlers were from school districts in or adjourning Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties.

Results (Iowa wrestlers listed first):
  • Josh Scheer, Osage, lost dec. to Lee Berg, 5-4.
  • Ethan Snitker, Postville, dec. Tyler Lindhart, Zumbroda, 5-2.
  • Alex Mayer, Riceville, lost dec. to Luke Schlee, GMLOK, 8-6.
  • Zach Mueller, Central Elkader, dec. Keith Idso, Stewartville, 4-0.
  • Austin Berry, MFL/Mar-Mac, lost dec. to Andy Churchill, Southland, 6-4.
  • Tannor Burke, Crestwood, dec. Jon Hegge, Southland, 7-3.
  • Cody Johnson, Nashua-Plainfield, lost dec. to Nathan Lexvold, Kenyon-Wanamingo, 11-3.
  • Trevor Olson, Osage, dec. Tyler Stemper, Caledonia, 6-5.
  • Michael Schwan, S. Winneshiek, lost by injury default to Bryce Struckmann, Stewartville.
  • Theran Goodale, Osage, lost dec. to Jake Bonsack, United South Central, 2-1.
  • Cody Bachman, MFL/Mar-Mac, dec. Jake Orth, Byron, 7-6.
  • Kyle Formanek, MFL/Mar-Mac, dec. Mike Goeldi, 3-0.
  • Max Dunlay, Osage, lost by fall to Jesse Schumacher, Plainfield-Elgin-Millville, 3:17.
  • Nolan Hammel, Osage, fall over Casey Roser, Southland, 1:27.
  • Mitch Kriener, Crestwood, dec. Zach Peterson, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 8-4.
  • Michell Schultz, Postville, dec. Bruce Babcock, Stewartville, 3-0.
  • Blake Breitsprecher, S. Winneshiek, dec. Lavon Mueller, LaCrescent, 8-7.
  • Dalton Smith, S. Winneshiek, dec. Nick Stevermer, United South Central, 1-0.
  • Jay Bergeson, Turkey Valley, lost by fall to Drew Heying, Byron, 3:58.
  • Ben Freidhof, Crestwood, lost dec. to Dan Stolarzyk, Stewartville, 12-5.
  • Zach Rosol, Nashua-Plainfield, lost dec. to Parker Brand, Rushford-Peterson, 16-10.
  • Calvin Luzum, S. Winneshiek, lost by fall to Josh Waldee, Rochester John Marshall, 1:40.
  • Josh Scheer, Osage, lost by dec. to Phil LeFluer, Fillmore Central, 1-0.
  • Ethan Snitker, Postville, dec. Jared Kuisle, Stewartville, 1-0.
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