National Wrestling Hall of Fame

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The Washington Chapter will Induct their 13th class on March 19th, 2017 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia, Washington.  The no host reception starts at 2:00 PM.  The banquet begins at 3:00 PM with the Induction Ceremony at 4:00 PM.

Tickets can be purchased online from Ticketleap at:

http://WA-nwhof.ticketleap.com/2017-banquet

or by contacting Jim Meyerhoff at jmeyerho@msn.com

 

Nominations

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.

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Washington State Chapter Contact person:

Jim Meyerhoff

620-17th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA  98371

253-848-1735

jmeyerho@msn.com

 

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2017 Inductees

Lifetime Service to Wrestling

James Ball:  Member of the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame

20 years of Service to Wrestling:  Coached 20 years.

 

Rich Bowers:  Member of the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame

43 years of Service to Wrestling:  Coached 38 years.  Six time Coach of the

Year.  2006 NFHS Sectional Wrestling Coach of the Year.

 

Kip Herren:  Approved for induction in 2015, and Induction delayed until 2017.

Member of the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame

26 years of Service to Wrestling:  Coached 18 years, competed 8 years

1986 State Coach of the Year

 

Paul Jackson:  Member of the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame

50 years of Service to Wrestling:  Coached 36 years and officiated 32 years.

Currently serves as Officials Evaluator at State Tournament.  Washington

Officials Association Meritorious Service Award

 

Tom Sewell:  Member of the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame

46 years of Service to Wrestling:  Coached 46 years and officiated 20 yers.

2005 Washington State Coach of the Year

 

Gaylord Strand:  Member of the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame

42 years of Service to Wrestling.  Coached 42 years (Still coaching)

Two time Washington State Sportsmanship Coach of the Year.

 

Rich Tschirgi:  41 years of Service to Wrestling:  Officiated 41 years, Coached 21 years

Lead Evaluator at Mat Classic the State Wrestling Tournament Evaluation Team

 

Donald “Spud” Walley(Deceased: 1926-2009) Member of the Washington State Wrestling

Coaches Hall of  Fame.  29 years of Service to Wrestling:

Coached 29 years.  Five time Mayor of Sedro Woolley and recipient

of the Sedro Woolley “Lifetime Achievement” Award

 

Dick Wooding:  Approved for induction in 2015, and Induction delayed until 2017

Member of the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame

22 years of Service to Wrestling:  Coached 22 years

2002 Inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame as a Contributor

Medal of Courage Award:

Jace David Malek: (Deceased-1997-2016)

Jace was a three time state finalist as a freshman, sophomore and junior in high school before being diagnosed with late stage osteosarcoma in January 2015.  His high school wrestling record was 101 wins and 8 losses before his senior year was cut short due to his cancer.  Jace went on to be a student assistant football coach at the University of Idaho before his passing on February 28, 2016.  The Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association created the Jace Malek True Spirit Award  to be presented annually.  The first award in 2016 was presented to the Malek’s family.

Outstanding American Award:

Richard “Dick” Muri: 

Richard Muri has given a lifetime of service either in the military, an elected Pierce County Council Member, Steilacoom School District board member and most recently as a Washington State Representative.  Dick also was a collegiate wrestler at Amherst University and has coached wrestling 19 years at the high school, middle school or club levels.  This past year Mr. Muri sponsored a bill that was signed into law in Washington State to create the Washington State special vehicle license plate to generate funds and help promote college wrestling in Washington State.  Muri’s son Bradley was a 3 time high school state champion, wrestled collegiately at Boise State University and currently is head wrestling coach at Meridian High School in Idaho.