Ron Gadberry 1936-2024

Hall of Famer Ron Gadberry passed away on May 8th, 2024. He was 87 years old. A native of Hillsboro, ND, Gadberry was a long-time coach at Moorhead High School in Minnesota and at Hillsboro High School in North Dakota.

He was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame and the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1996.

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National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter Inducts 9

On Saturday, April 27th, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter, held its annual Honors Banquet at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Austin, Minn. The banquet room was packed, and many former Hall of Fame inductees attended.

Brad Huckle was the 2024 Outstanding American Inductee. John Barrett, Dan Lefebvre, Steve Johnson, Ray Miller, Jeff “Bro” Olsen, Jim Richardson, Howie Schultz, and Pat Short were inducted for the Lifetime Service Award.

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Noel Bailey 1941-2024

Hall of Famer Noel Bailey passed away on April 9, 2024. He was 82 years old. A native of Aitkin, Minn., Bailey was a long-time coach at Aitkin High School. He was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2011.

Bailey served as the wrestling coach at Aitkin from 1972 to 1996 and returned for two additional seasons in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005. His career coaching record stands at 269-149-1. His 1988 team won the Section 8 title, and his teams secured eleven District titles and three Mid-State Conference titles. Additionally, he coached 29 individual place winners at the state level, including one state champion, Jason Math, in 1985.

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Dave Arens 1933-2024

Hall of Fame coach Dave Arens passed away on January 19, 2024. He was 90 years old. Arens coached wrestling at Jordan High School from l961 to l968 and Bloomington Kennedy High School from l975 to l984.

While at Bloomington Kennedy, Arens’ teams placed third in state five times and won state titles in l980 and l984. He coached ten individual state champions for The Eagles. In l979, Brad Tufto and Chuck Vavrosky became Kennedy’s first. In l980, Dave’s son, Todd, won a state title. Other state champions and standouts include John Morgan, Dave Wiklund, Chris Lembeck, Danny Collins, Blake Bonjean, Dave Meir, and Marty Morgan, to name a few. Marty Morgan went on to win a DI National Championship and coached with J Robbinson at The University of Minnesota. Lembeck and Gordy Morgan were DI college All-Americans. Brothers Gordy and John Morgan were eventual United States Olympians in Greco-Roman wrestling.

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