National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Life Time Achievement 
            to Wrestling


Class of 2017 and Executive Board of Directors

Class of 2017 and Executive Board of Directors


The Florida Chapter Honors Weekend

was held August 11 & 12 2017

A great weekend was had by all, starting with a golf scramble on Friday morning at the Remington Golf Club in Kissimmee.  Our “Meet the Inductee” Social was held that night from 8:00-10:00pm at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort.

On Saturday morning we enjoyed the sold out Testimonial Brunch. That night we celebrated the annual Honors Banquet with a social followed by the introduction of the class of 2017: Fidel Albelo, Allen Held, Henry Jackson, Dan Kelly, Russell Mauger (posthumously) and Robert Thomas.  Thank you alumni for your participation in the Honors Weekend Event.


Applications for nominations are accepted on a continual basis. Applications should be sent to Robert Burns, VP of Nominations. Please email him for further instructions.

The slate for the 2018 Induction will be processed during our annual retreat in September 2017.

Donations to the Florida Chapter may be made by (Note: A convenience fee is charged by ticketleap)


Questions? Contact:
Jane Townsend 561.876.5830 or Teeny Smith 772.631.2739 or


Lifetime Service To Wrestling

Given in recognition of years of dedication to the development of leadership and citizenship in the youth through the sport of wrestling.

Outstanding American

Given to former wrestlers who are highly successful and use the disciplines learned in wrestling in their profession.

Medal of Courage

Is presented to a wrestler or former wrestler who has overcome what appear to be insurmountable challenges.

John & Helen Vaughan Award

This prestigious chapter award was created to acknowledge those deserving individuals who otherwise may not receive recognition for their profound contribution to the sport of amateur wrestling in the state.


 Chapter Grand

The Chapter Grand is a place of honor where the Hall recognizes those inductees who have passed on.

Board Members

The Florida Chapter for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame was established in 2000.

Our mailing address is:

National Wrestling Hall of Fame ~ Florida Chapter
3167 Hoylake Road, Lake Worth, FL 33467

Gary Townsend 
Sam Agresti
Bill Combs
Don Smith
Jane Townsend
Robert Matyskiel
Robert Burns

BOARD (1 Year terms)
ALUMNI – Steve Sentes
FAWA – Steve Mocco
FHSAA – Robbie Lindeman
COACHES – Pete Collins
OFFICIALS – Pat Fairfax
MEDIA DIRECTOR – Robert Thomas