All-time wrestling greats from the University of Iowa, Iowa State, University of Northern Iowa and University of Minnesota are among the honorees to be welcomed into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa next June, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum announced Wednesday.
The Class of 2014 includes Iowa’s Pete Bush, Northern Iowa’s Joel Greenlee and the late Finn Eriksen, Iowa State’s Al Nacin, and Minnesota’s Mack Reiter. They will be honored in ceremonies June 7, 2014.
Bush was an NCAA champion for the University of Iowa in 1982 at 190 pounds. He was also a three-time Big Ten champion (1981, 1982, and 1984). Bush is currently the head wrestling coach at Davenport Assumption High School where he led his team to a traditional state title in 2011 and state dual team titles in 2011, 2012, and 2013. He won an individual Iowa high school state wrestling championship for Davenport Assumption in 1979.
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 now the head wrestling coach at Ohio University.
Nacin was Iowa State’s first four-time NCAA All-American in wrestling. He placed second at the 1971 NCAA tournament as a freshman followed by finishes of fifth and third in 1973 and 1974. Nacin capped off his career as a Cyclone by winning the 190-pound crown at the 1975 NCAAs as a senior. He was also a three-time Big Eight champion. A native of Burbank, Ill., Nacin won the 175-pound Illinois state prep title for Reavis High School in 1970.
Reiter, who wrestled for Gilbertville-Don Bosco, was the 13th athlete to win four Iowa high school state wrestling championships (2000-03). His career high school record was 182-3 with 135 pins. Reiter was a three-time All-American for the University of Minnesota, placing fourth at the NCAA wrestling tournament as a freshman and as a sophomore (2005-06), and fifth as a senior (2008). He also won an individual Big Ten title in 2005.
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 the state of 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 on August 8, 1992.
In addition, three other special awards will be given during the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa induction ceremony:
The Family Legacy Award will be presented to the Gibbons family, consisting of Bill and Bea Gibbons, and their four wrestling sons: Jim, Joe, Jeff and Tim.
The Bob Siddens High School Coaching Excellence Award will be given to Chris Krueger, head wrestling coach at Denver-Tripoli High School since 2000.
The Russ Smith Community Impact Award will be presented to Steve and Linda Wachal, board members of the Iowa Wrestling Federation (USA Wrestling-Iowa) who have served as tournament directors of USA Wrestling regional and national events.
The Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa, located inside the Dan Gable Museum in downtown Waterloo, 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 Glen Brand Hall, named for the Iowa State wrestling champ and 1948 Olympic gold medalist, recognizes native-born Iowans, and those who achieved their fame while wrestling or coaching for an Iowa school.
A banquet honoring all inductees and award winners will be held at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo on Saturday, June 7. For more information contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or email@example.com.
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