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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Meet the 2024 Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductees

Learn about the latest Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association David Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductees. The 2024 Induction Dinner will take place on Saturday, May 4th, in Benson, Minn. Inductees will be Luke Eustice, Ty Eustice, Wes Haglund, Mike Hendrickson, Chuck Marks, Jim Richardson, Dean Salo, Doug Salo, Ray Thorkildson, Mike Thorn, Ardell Knudsvig, Gary Brantl, and Chuck Keogh.

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