National Wrestling Hall of Fame

America’s shrine to the sport of wrestling, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1976 to honor the sport of wrestling, preserve its history, recognize extraordinary individual achievements, and inspire future generations. The museum features the John T. Vaughan Hall of Honors, where the greatest names in wrestling are recognized, including iconic granite plaques presented to Distinguished Members. The museum has interactive exhibits and electronic kiosks, as well as the opportunity to watch NCAA Championship matches from the 1930s to present day, and houses the largest collection of wrestling artifacts and memorabilia in the world.

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum

Named for wrestling legend and Waterloo native Dan Gable, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum features the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa, the Alan and Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions and the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Also on campus is the Dan Gable Learning Center and wrestling room, providing training opportunities for area youth. The museum has interactive exhibits and electronic kiosks, as well as the opportunity to watch NCAA Championship matches from the 1930s to present day.

State Chapters

State Chapters honor and pay tribute to the wrestlers, coaches, officials and contributors who represent the best qualities of wrestling from each state.

Since it began with a banquet in Pennsylvania in 1994, the State Chapter program has grown to 35 states.

In the 26 years since Pennsylvania held that first event, State Chapter programs have honored more than 3,150 individuals.

Our Mission: To honor the sport of wrestling by preserving its history, recognizing extraordinary individual achievements, and inspiring future generations