NWHOF to induct nine new members at the MN Chapter Banquet in April

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Minnesota Chapter proudly announces the induction of ten new members for the Class of 2024. Inductees are Brad Huckle, John Barrett, Dan Lefebvre, Steve Johnson, Ray Miller, Jeff “Bro” Olsen, Jim Richardson, Howie Schultz, and Pat Short.

The Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Austin, Minn. The schedule includes a social hour at Noon, dinner at 1:00 pm, and program & inductions from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A Silent Auction will be from Noon to 6:00 pm.

State chapter inductees are permanently honored at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma. View all National Wrestling Hall of Fame – Minnesota Chapter inductees online at nwhof.org/state-chapters/minnesota.

Register online at mn-nwhof.ticketleap.com. Contact Spencer Yohe for more information – spenceryohe@gmail.com, 320-766-1934.

Hotels are Austin Holiday Inn (507-433-1000) and the Days Inn (507-433-8600). For Discounted Rooms at the Holiday Inn, use code WHF.

Outstanding American

Brad Huckle – Arden Hills

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Minnesota Chapter are proud to announce the induction of Brad Huckle of Arden Hills MN, as their 2024 Outstanding American from Minnesota. Brad was a three-time state entrant, placing 3rd and 1st wrestling for Appleton High School. While at the University of Minnesota, Brad was a three year letterman, ranked as high as third in the country by Amateur Wrestling News.

After college, Brad was an avid triathlete and marathon runner including finishes at the Boston Marathon and Ironman Triathlon and season champion and runner-up of the Minnesota Triathlon Series. Brad has been a community banker for over 40 years. He was one of the founders and has been the President of North American Banking Company since its inception in 1997. The $1.2 billion bank now serves its clients with six twin-cities based offices.

The two Brads are the most successful wrestlers ever to come out of Appleton, MN, with Huckle now joining Olympian Brad Rheingans who was the Outstanding American NWHOF-MN Chapter in 2006.

Lifetime Service Honorees:

John Barrett – Annandale, MN

John Barrett, a 43-year veteran of wrestling coaching and officiating, has served 35 years as an official, including 15 MSHSL State Tournaments. A trailblazer in his own right, Barrett was Annandale High School’s first state champion in any sport. His wrestling accolades extend to his collegiate career, where he was a 3x All-American at St. Cloud State and an NCAA I qualifier. This induction marks Barrett’s fourth hall of fame honor.

Steven Johnson – Nicollet, MN

Steven Johnson boasts an impressive 34-year coaching career at the Nicollet High School. He also played a pivotal role in establishing the sport at Ogilvie High School.

A standout athlete himself, Johnson was an NCAA College Division II All-American at Mankato State. He translated his success onto the coaching stage, amassing a 324-201 dual meet coaching record.

Johnson’s leadership propelled Nicollet to two undefeated seasons and 50 tournament championships. His dedication to the sport extends beyond his own achievements. Together with his brother Jay and two sons, they have collectively accumulated a staggering 1,000 coaching wins, solidifying their family as a true wrestling dynasty. This latest induction marks Johnson’s fourth Hall of Fame honor.

Dan Lefebvre – St. Michael-Albertville – Ostego, MN

Dan Lefebvre coached wrestling for 38 years at St. Michael-Albertville High School, including as an assistant on hall-of-famer Gregg Greeno’s staff. As a head coach, he fashioned an amazing 315-59-1 coaching record. Dan coached three state championship teams, and was part of six more as an assistant to Greeno. He played a major role in 29 state tournament teams, of which, 24 teams placed 3rd or higher! Dan took over the Girls program at St. Michael-Albertville in 2023.

Ray Miller – Sacred Heart, MN

Ray Miller dedicated 45 years to the sport of wrestling, beginning with starting the program in Roslyn, SD. He cemented his Hall of Fame credentials at Renville-Sacred Heart (later BDRSH), where he served as head coach for 25 years, racking up 245 career wins and earning conference, district, and region Coach of the Year honors. His coaching prowess extended beyond BDRSH, as he later assisted at Renville County West and Yellow Medicine East programs. Further demonstrating his commitment to the sport, Miller served on the MWCA Scholarship Committee for several years. His son, John, was a four-time state champion.

Jeff “Bro” Olsen – Roseau, MN

In the annals of Roseau’s hockey-centric community, Jeff “Bro” Olsen stands out as the man who put the town on the wrestling map. For 19 years as the head coach, he guided his teams to a 146-79-5 record. His contributions were recognized through three Section 8A and 8AA Coach of the Year awards (1988, 1994, and 1996).

Olsen’s impact extended far beyond wins and losses. He fostered a culture of excellence, producing 25 state entrants, 14 state placewinners, a 1996 State Class AA tournament team, and three individual state champions. This outstanding legacy earned him a well-deserved induction into the MWCA Hall of Fame.

Beyond wrestling, Olsen has been a wrestling reporter, features writer, and columnist for the Roseau Times Region since 1981.

Jim Richardson – Grand Meadow, MN

Jim Richardson has dedicated nearly four decades to coaching folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling. His impact extends far beyond Grand Meadow, encompassing the entire state of Minnesota and reaching the national level. As a member of the Minnesota/USA Wrestling Coaching Staff, Richardson has had the honor of coaching at ten Olympic and World Team Trials, demonstrating his expertise and dedication to developing elite athletes. Additionally, he has served as a head or assistant coach at the high school level on multiple occasions, fostering a love for the sport among young wrestlers. Richardson’s unwavering commitment and passion have made him a cornerstone of the wrestling community in Minnesota and beyond.

Howie Schultz – Bemidji, MN

Howie Schultz’s impact on the Bemidji community extends far beyond the wrestling mat. Schultz has coached at all levels — elementary, junior high, varsity assistant, and even head coach — while simultaneously officiating at the high school and collegiate levels for over 20 years. He has officiated at MSHSL, NCAA, and junior college events, demonstrating his dedication to the sport.

Schultz’s remarkable contributions have earned him a place in four prestigious halls of fame: the MWCA Bartelma Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Bemidji State Hall of Fame, the Bemidji High School Hall of Fame, and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame – Minnesota Chapter. His achievements are further distinguished by his service as a Beltrami County Deputy Sheriff and an Assistant Principal in charge of discipline.

Schultz’s tireless dedication and commitment to both athletics and academics make him a true Bemidji legend.

Pat Short – Shoreview, MN

Pat Short is undeniably a top contributor to wrestling in Minnesota and the United States. For over five decades, she has dedicated countless hours to the sport. In a true family affair, she joins her husband, Hall of Fame Coach Jim Short, as one half of only the third husband-and-wife duo inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame – Minnesota Chapter. All four of their sons were accomplished wrestlers themselves and remain involved in coaching today.

Pat’s expertise in pairing extends across all levels and styles of wrestling: state, national, international, freestyle, Greco-Roman, AAU, Land of Lakes, USWF, MN/USA, Minnesota Storm, 9th Grade and Under – the list goes on. She has truly “done it all,” even earning the prestigious honor of head pairer for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

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