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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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.

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Gary Hindt 1945-2023

Hall of Famer Gary Hindt passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2023. He was 78 years old. Hindt was a long-time coach at Wabasso High School. He was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018. He was selected as an MWCA State Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2006.

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National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter Inducts 10

On Saturday, April 22nd, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter, held their annual Honors Banquet. The celebration was held at the Austin Country Club in Austin, Minn. The banquet room was packed and included many former Hall of Fame inductees.

The 2023 Outstanding American Inductee was Steve Carlson. Inductees for the Lifetime Service Award were Loren Hacker, Mark Krier, Larry Mollins, Cindy Nelson, Al “Swede” Olson, Bill Olson, Steve Ricard, Richard Saxlund, and Joel Viss.

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Koslowski and Stevens selected as Co-Grand Marshals for Green Jacket Parade

Two distinguished members of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame – two-time Olympic Medalist Dennis Koslowski and Order of Merit honoree Sandy Stevens – will serve as co-grand marshals of Saturday’s Green Jacket Parade.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at the Austin Country Club, 1202 28th St. N, Austin, MN, in conjunction with the 2023 NWHOF-MN Chapter Hall of Fame Day Celebration.

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