University of Iowa national champion Pete Bush, University of Northern Iowa’s two-time All-American heavyweight Joel Greenlee and Iowa State All-American Al Nacin are among the newly selected class for the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame at National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo.
The Hall of Fame and Museum announced the five 2014 inductees Wednesday, which also includes Don Bosco four-time state champion Mack Reiter, who went on to compete at University of Minnesota, and former UNI wrestler and coach at Waterloo West and New Hampton High Schools Finn Ericksen.
Bush is currently the head wrestling coach at Davenport Assumption High School. Greenlee is the head coach at Ohio University.
Below is the news release from the UI SID:
Pete Bush to enter Glen Brand Hall of Fame
IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa NCAA wrestling champion Pete Bush is one of five inductees heading into the Glen Brand Hall of Fame on June 7, 2014. The 2014 class was announced today by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum.
Bush won the 190-pound NCAA title to help Iowa win its fifth straight team championship in 1982. He also won three 190-pound Big Ten championships in 1981-82, and 1984.
Bush is currently the head wrestling coach at Davenport Assumption, where he led the team to a traditional state title in 2011, and three consecutive state dual titles from 2011-13. Bush was an Iowa high school state wrestling champion at Davenport Assumption in 1979.
The Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa was established in 2002 to honor those who have made an impact on the sport on a national level, or who have done extraordinary work in the State of Iowa. The hall recognizes native-born Iowans, and those who achieved their fame while wrestling or coaching for an Iowa school.
The class of 2014 includes Bush, two-time UNI All-American Joel Greenlee, four-time Iowa State All-American Al Nacin, four-time Iowa high school state champion Mack Reiter, and former New Hampton and West Waterloo high school coach Finn Ericksen.
The Hal of Fame will also present special awards to the Bill and Bea Gibbons family, Chris Krueger, and Steve and Linda Wachal at the June 7 banquet. For more information about the HOF ceremony and induction banquet, contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at 319) 233-0745 or email@example.com.
Here is the news release from UNI SID:
Gable Museum announces 2014 Glen Brand HOF Class
WATERLOO, Iowa—Two former Panther wrestlers will be inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa June 7, 2014. The Hall of Fame is located inside the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum.
The Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa was established in 2002 to honor the people who have made an impact on the sport on a national level or who have done extraordinary work in the state of Iowa. The hall recognizes native-born Iowans and those who achieved their fame while wrestling or coaching for an Iowa school.
The Class of 2014 includes Joel Greenlee, Finn Eriksen (posthumously), Al Nacin, Mack Reiter and Pete Bush.
Joel Greenlee wrestled for the University of Northern Iowa from 1986-1989, where he was a two-time All-American. He never lost a collegiate dual meet, putting up a 58-0-3 record during his career as a Panther. Greenlee’s 127-16-4 career record gives him the best career winning percentage (minimum of 50 wins) in program history (.878). A state champion for Waverly-Shell Rock High School in 1985 at 185 pounds, Greenlee is the head wrestling coach at Ohio University.
Finn Eriksen wrestled for the University of Northern Iowa (then known as Iowa State Teachers College) before becoming one of the most successful high school wrestling coaches in Iowa. He led New Hampton to a state team title in 1933 before accepting a teaching and coaching position at West Waterloo. Eriksen led the Wahawks to state team championships in 1942 and 1943. Eriksen died Aug. 8, 1992.
Three other special awards will be given during the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa.
The Gibbons family will receive the Family Legacy Award. Bill and Bea Gibbons had four sons—Jim, Joe, Jeff, and Tim—who wrestled.
Chris Krueger will receive the Bob Siddens High School Coaching Excellence Award. The award is given to an Iowa high school wrestling coach who exhibits the high standards that Bob Siddens set during his legendary coaching career. Siddens coached West Waterloo to 11 state team titles and a 327-26 dual meet record.
Krueger has been the head wrestling coach at Denver-Tripoli since 2000. He has led the Cyclones to 2A state championships in 2010 and 2012, and a state dual team title in 2010. His teams were runners-up at the traditional state tournament in 2009 and 2011. Over the past six seasons Denver-Tripoli has had 21 state finalists and 12 state champions. Included in that list are three four-time state finalists: UNI wrestler Dylan Peters (2-1-1-1), Brandon Sorenson (1-1-1-1), and and UNI wrestler Levi Wolfesperger (2-2-1-1).
Steve and Linda Wachal will receive the Russ Smith Community Impact Award. The award is given to individuals demonstrating exceptional local impact on wrestling within the state of Iowa.
The Wachals are board members for the Iowa Wrestling Federation (USA Wrestling-Iowa) and were the editors of the Iowa Wrestling Federation Newsletter. They also have served as tournament directors for USA Wrestling regional and national events. In addition to their work as directors, Steve has served as a USA Wrestling official while Linda has been a pairer.
A banquet honoring all inductees and award winners will be held at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo Saturday, June 7. For more information, contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is a not-for-profit organization based out of Waterloo, Iowa. The mission of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is to preserve history, recognize excellence, and inspire future generations.
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