11 inducted into the 2018 Bartelma Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame

Benson, Minn. — Eleven new members were inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association (MWCA) Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 28th in Benson, Minn.

The new inductees honored were Larry Goodnature, Mark Jensen, Ed Kane, Paul Kuznik, Pat McNamara, Chris Nelson, Jim Williams, and Roger Wilson. Also inducted as Pioneers of Minnesota Wrestling were Glenn Gerdes, Merv Jensen, and Fred Stoeker.

Over 250 people, including many past Hall of Fame inductees, were in attendance. Continue reading

National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter Inducts 9

On Saturday, April 21st the NWHOF Minnesota Chapter held their 16th annual ceremony and inducted nine distinguished members who have contributed significantly to Minnesota Wrestling. The Awards Ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn Austin, Minn.

Inductees/honorees were Tim Penny as Outstanding American from Minnesota. Donny Wichmann received the State Medal of Courage Award from Minnesota. Honorees for the Lifetime Service Award were Gerry Bakke, Dale Benjamin, Gary Hindt, Ted Lelwica, Marty Morgan, John Oxton, and J Robinson. Continue reading

NWHOF to Induct 9 new members at the Minnesota Chapter Banquet on April 21st

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Minnesota Chapter Banquet will take place on Saturday, April 21st in Austin, Minn.

Inductees/honorees will be Tim Penny as Outstanding American from Minnesota. Donny Wichmann will receive the State Medal of Courage Award from Minnesota. Honorees for the Lifetime Service Award are Gerry Bakke, Dale Benjamin, Gary Hindt, Ted Lelwica, Marty Morgan, John Oxton, and J Robinson. Continue reading

Former SCSU coach John Oxton to receive Lifetime Service Award

Former St. Cloud State University wrestling coach John Oxton has been selected to receive a Lifetime Service Award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and its Minnesota Chapter. Oxton will receive this distinguished award on Saturday, April 21 at the Hall of Fame Banquet at the Austin Holiday Inn Conference Center in Austin, Minn.

Oxton is being honored for the Lifetime Service Award along with Gerry Bakke, Dale Benjamin, Gary Hindt, Dr. Ted Lelwica, Marty Morgan and J. Robinson. Continue reading