Five past NCAA wrestling champions with connections to the state of Iowa will be welcomed into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa on June 9, 2013, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum announced Tuesday.
The Class of 2013 includes Joe Heskett, Troy Steiner, Terry Steiner, Kirk Myers, and Dale Brand.
- Heskett was a 2002 NCAA Division I wrestling champ and four-time NCAA All-American (1999-2002) for Iowa State. He is now head wrestling coach at Army.
- Troy and Terry Steiner are identical twins who each won an NCAA title at the University of Iowa. Troy won his in 1992; Terry, in 1993. Troy is an assistant coach at Oregon State, while Terry is head women’s coach for USA Wrestling.
- Myers was a three-time NCAA Division II champ at the University of Northern Iowa (1978-1980), and a three-time D1 All-American.
- Dale Brand won an NCAA title for Cornell College of Iowa in 1937, then coached at Clarion High School for 30 years, coaching 23 individual state champs. Among his wrestlers was his cousin Glen Brand whose name adorns the hall.
In addition, the Hall will also present these special awards:
- The Huff family of Waterloo will receive the Family Legacy Award. Lewis and Louise Huff had four sons — Charles, Dale, Tom and Don — who all wrestled at Waterloo West High School.
- Wyatt Schultz, owner and publisher of The Predicament publication that covers wrestling within the state of Iowa, will receive the Russ Smith Community Impact Award.
- Jason Christenson will receive the first 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 at Waterloo West, where he coached Dan Gable among others. Christenson has been the head wrestling coach at Southeast Polk High School since 2001.
Located inside the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, 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,” according to the Museum’s press statement. 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 award winners will be held at Sunnyside Country Club in Waterloo on Sunday, June 9. For more information contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to know more? To see photos and brief bios of each of the five wrestler honorees — along with the Hall’s namesake, Glen Brand — check out this feature at College Wrestling Examiner.
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