Five inducted to Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame

Induction for the David Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame was held on Saturday, March 9, 2002 at Augsburg College. 2002 Inductees were: Douglas Dufty – Contributor, Jack Eustice – Coach/Athlete, George Graff – Contributor, Gregg Greeno – Coach, Ken Schmoker – Coach.

Douglas Dufty – Contributor

Doug began his interest in wrestling as a member of the Fergus Falls High School Wrestling Team under Dick Green. He was a four time District 23 Champion and a two-time Region 6 Champion and qualified four times for the State Individual Tournament. He placed 4th in the State meet in 1963 at 127 pounds. Doug recorded a high school career record of 99-15-2.

Doug went on to Concordia College wrestling under Coach Finn Grinnaker and posting an 80-8-3 record. He was a four time MIAC Champion and named the Outstanding Wrestler of that conference in 1967. He earned All-American honors in 1965 placing 2nd at 130 pounds in the NAIA National Championships.

After graduation, Doug served two years as an assistant wrestling coach under Warren Williamson at South Dakota State University. Doug became the head wrestling coach at the University of Minnesota, Morris in 1969. During 11 years as head coach, Doug’s teams had 100 dual wins, 3 NIC Championships, and 4 top 10 finishes in the NCAA Division Ill National Wrestling Championships.

Those years produced three NCAA Division Ill National Champions as well as seventeen NCAA All Americans of which two went on to be members of the U.S. Olympic Wrestling team. Dennis Koslowski was an Olympic Greco Roman Silver Medalist. The conference coaches honored Doug twice as the NIC Coach of the Year. In 1981, Doug’s last year of coaching, the coaches voted him the NCAA Division Ill National Coach of the Year.

After coaching, Doug served many years as a wrestling rules clinician for the Minnesota State High School League. He continues to officiate the sport at both the high school and collegiate levels and is now in his 36th season.

Doug resides in Fargo, North Dakota with his wife, Karen. He has two adult children, Paula Smith (Tim) of Minneapolis and Jay of Potomac, Maryland.

Jack Eustice – Coach/Athlete

Jack began his wrestling career at Janesville High School. Jack’s accomplishments in high school wrestling were outstanding. He was a five-time conference champion and a four time State Individual Tournament qualifier. He placed fourth as a junior and was the 119 pound State Individual Champion in 1973. Jack completed his high school career with a record of 126-12.

Following high school Jack continued his wrestling career at Mankato State University. Jack’s accomplishments at the college level were equally, if not more impressive, then his high school career. Jack was a four time All American. In 1976 he was the 134 pound NCAA Division II National Champion. Jack established a MSU record of 126-21, which still stands today. Jack was honored by being inducted into the MSU Hall of Fame in 1994. Jack was selected as a member of the “All Century Athletic Team” at MSU and also as a member of the North Central Conference’s “All Time Wrestling Team.”

As a coach Jack continued to excel. He has coached six teams to the Minnesota State Team Championships. His Blue Earth teams finished 6th in 1980, 5th in 1990, 3rd in 1991, 2nd in 1997, 4th in 1998 and his 2001 team won the Class AA State Team Championship. Jack has coached eight State Individual Champions, who won a total of sixteen titles, including seven by his two sons, Luke and Ty. He has had numerous State Individual Tournament qualifiers and place winners. Jack’s love of wrestling, his intensity and drive to be great are evident in the teams he has coached. His career coaching record is 263-87-4 Jack has been honored for his accomplishments by his fellow coaches by being named Region/Section Coach of the Year six times and was named Minnesota Class AA Coach of the Year in 1997. Jack has served as President of the MWCA as well as a member of the State Wrestling Advisory to the MSHSL.

Jack and his wife, Mona, are the parents of two children: Luke and Ty. The Eustice’s reside in Blue Earth.

George Graff – Contributor

George began his wrestling at Grand Rapids High School under the direction of Hall of Fame coaches, Glen Swenson and Jack Wilhite. He was a two time Region 7 Runner Up and a member of the 1961 Grand Rapids team that finish 2nd in the State Championships. Following high school George went to Bemidji State University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

Upon graduation George started his coaching career as a junior high school coach for three years before moving to the assistant position at Morris High School under the direction of Hall of Fame coach, Al Hendrickson. When Allen retired in 1982, George became the head coach at Morris. During his eleven years his teams established a record of 117-84.

Besides his duties as a wrestling coach, George has served the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association in many ways. He served as Region/Section Representative for thirteen seasons. Beyond those duties he has been on the MWCA Scholarship Committee for twelve years, and is currently a member of the David Bartelma Hall of Fame Selection Committee. In the year 2000, the Coaches Association honored George with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

In quoting Spencer Yohe, “George is the role model Region Representative. George has been a workhorse and a frontrunner for the Region Rep. position, and in my thirty years as a member of the Association, he’s been the best and most efficient Region Rep our Association ever had.”

George and his wife, Ruby reside in Donnelly, MN. They are the parents of two children: Gerilyn and Tom

Gregg Greeno – Coach

Gregg grew up in Milbank, South Dakota and in Jamestown, North Dakota where he graduated from Jamestown High School in 1973. In high school Gregg participated in wrestling, football, cross-country, baseball, and track & field. He was the 1973 North Dakota State Individual Wrestling Champion at 132 pounds.

Greg continued his wrestling career at Jamestown College were he was that school’s first All-American in wrestling placing 4th in the 1976 and 6th in the 1977 in the NAIA National Championships. Besides wrestling at Jamestown, Gregg participated in football,cross-country, baseball and track & field. He earned a total of 15 varsity letters in college. Gregg was an all conference cornerback and still holds the record for the most interceptions in a season (8) and career interceptions (16). Gregg was inducted into the Jamestown College “Athletic Hall of Fame” in 1991. His father, Rollie was Gregg’s college coach in four sports and in 2000, Gregg was honored as an alumnus of Jamestown College, in receiving the “Rollie Greeno Coaching Award.”

Gregg has been the head wrestling coach and mathematics teacher at St. Michael-Albertville High School for the past 22 years. Prior to his arrival at STMA, he served two years as an assistant wrestling coach at Jamestown High School. During his tenure at STMA the Knights have had a dual meet record of 378-69-2. They have won 15 Wright County Conference Dual Meet titles and have won the Conference Tournament 17 times. STMA has won 10 Regional/Section Team titles, winning back to back State Wrestling Team Championships in 1996 & 1997 and earned State Runner Up honors three times. Gregg has coached 49 Individual State Tournament place winners and 10 Individual Champions. He has been selected Region/Section Coach of the Year seven times and in 1996 was named Minnesota Class AA Coach of the Year. He served as President of the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association in 1993.

Gregg and his wife, Jerilyn, reside in St. Michael. They have two children: Daniel (14) and Samuel (12).

Ken Schmoker – Coach

Ken began his wrestling experience at Fort Dodge High School (Iowa) under the direction of Fred Cooper where he lettered two years in wrestling. In his senior year Ken was named the Most Improved Wrestler on his team and went on to place 2nd in the Iowa State Individual Championships.

Upon completion of high school, Ken entered Drake University where he played football for one season before entering the U.S. Army. After his discharge from the service, he entered Colorado State University (now Northern Colorado). Ken won three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Titles and participated in two NCAA Div. I Championships and the National AAU Tournament. In his senior year he earned All-American honors. Upon graduation, Ken accepted his first teaching/coaching position at Trinidad High School, Colorado, then after one year moved to Pueblo Centennial High School in Colorado. He served four years in Pueblo where his team won a Colorado State Team Championship in 1954. In 1958, Ken returned to the upper Midwest when he accepted a position at Bemidji High School. He was very successful at Bemidji with 75 wrestlers qualifying for the State Individual Championships. Three wrestlers won State Individual Championships and thirteen others placed in the State Championships. His teams won 10 District Team Championships, eight Region Team Championships, and his team’s highest finish was 6th in the one class system.

Ken served as the President of the Colorado Wrestling Coaches and Officials Organization. He was a member of the National High School Federation Rules Committee and is a member of the Bemidji High School Hall of Fame.

Ken and his wife, Maedel reside in Bemidji. The Schmoker’s have two children: David and Mary Ann.