The National Wrestling Hall of Fame honored six individuals at The Minnesota Chapter Banquet in Austin, MN on Saturday, April 16th, 2011.
2011 Minnesota Chapter of The National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees. Front Row (L-R): Mike Good, Shirley Maher (Representing late husband Richard “Dick” Maher, and Jeff Swenson. Back Row (L-R): Bill Sutter, Noel Bailey, and Doug Dahl.
Mike Good, former Minnesota state high school champion at Fridley High School, two-time All-American, and National runner up for Augsburg College, will be honored as Outstanding American from the State of Minnesota. Mike has established himself and his company as one of the top real estate corporations in the USA. He is currently the President and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, Inc. – the leading luxury franchise system in the world!
Noel Bailey of Aitkin had an outstanding thirty-five year coaching career, with most of the years at his alma matter in Aitkin. Noel had a 269-149-1 record. He guided his team to the 1988 Minnesota State dual meet consolation title, had eleven district titles, and twenty-nine state place winners. Noel is a member of the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association and Bemidji State Athletic Hall of Fames.
Doug Dahl built a powerhouse in Region 8 at Greenbush High School. In his thirty-one years as head coach, Doug had an outstanding 332-99-4 overall varsity coaching record. This MWCA and Bemidji State Athletic Hall of Fames member coached four individual state champions, and his team participated in the 1986-87Minnesota State dual meet tournaments. Doug earned five Region 8 Coach of the Year honors.
Richard “Dick” Maher
The late Richard “Dick” Maher gave twenty-eight years to the sport of wrestling as a coach and official. Maher started his coaching career at Harmony. His last fifteen years of coaching at Blue Earth were highly successful. Coach Maher’s teams earned six conference, twelve district, and four region titles. His 1974 team finished third in the one-class Minnesota State Tournament. Dick directed several tournaments as the Principal and Athletic Director at Blue Earth.
Bill Sutter’s Goodhue wrestling teams were a regular customer at the Minnesota State dual meet tournaments in his thirty-nine year coaching career. Twelve of Bill’s teams participated in the MSHSL state tournaments, winning titles in 1980 (co-champs), and 2001. A three-time MWCA State Coach of the Year, he was the second winningest coach in the nation at the time of his retirement in 2008, with a 760-181-8 record. He was also a NWCA Scholastic Division Region 5 Coach of the Year.
Jeff Swenson, a national champion at Augsburg college, was one of the most successful collegiate coaches ever in any sport. Swenson, who coached for thirty seasons, set a record with ten NCAA Division III Team National Championships under his watch at his alma matter of Augsburg. Jeff coached 158 All-Americans (most in wrestling history) and thirty-nine individual national champions. He currently serves as Athletic Director at Augsburg and he is also on the NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee.