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The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame welcomed college wrestling champions Mark Ironside and Jason Smith, high school coaching legend Bob Roethler, and wrestling writer and historian Mike Chapman as Class of 2010 honorees. The presentations were made at a banquet at the Cresco Country Club in Cresco, Iowa on April 12.
IWHOF selection committee member Dan Gable introduced the two wrestlers:
- Mark Ironside wrestled for Gable at the University of Iowa, winning four Midlands crowns, two Big Ten titles and two NCAA Division I championships in the late 1990s.
- Jason Smith was a teammate of Gable's at Iowa State University in the late 1960s and early 70s, winning back-to-back NCAA titles at 167 pounds in 1969 and 1970.
Selection committee member Dave Harty introduced Bob Roethler, who put Emmetsburg High School on the wrestling map in the 1970s, winning team and individual titles at the Iowa state wrestling tournament, despite life-threatening health issues. Roethler wrestled at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
Mike Chapman was introduced by selection committee Don Gooder. Chapman, a native of Waterloo, was honored for his 40 years of promoting wrestling through his numerous books, the establishment of WIN (Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine), and creating the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute & Museum in Waterloo.
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Following dinner, selection committee member Don Gooder presented inductee Mike Chapman. Chapman entertained the crowd with his knowledge of wrestling history, centering much of his talk on the great Frank Gotch.
Selection committee member Dan Gable introduced inductees Mark Ironside and Jason Smith. Ironside spoke of his experiences in the Iowa wrestling room, and practicing with the Brands brothers on a daily basis.
While introducing Smith, Gable had teammates Tom Peckham and Chuck Jean join him and Smith at the podium. Gable stated that he considered the four legends in wrestling, and that this was a very special occasion for him. Smith spoke of the four as"hunter killers". He then talked about changing the way we think about improving as athletes, working from inside the body with what we put in it.
Selection committee member Dave Harty introduced inductee Bob Roethler. Roethler recounted his fight for life with an aneurysm and colon cancer, and stated that wrestling in fact saved his life.
Read the full profile of the 2010 inductees, along with the rest of our 97 honorees, in the inductee section of our web site: iowawrestlinghalloffame.com.
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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.
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.
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.