National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Dan Gable Museum Selects Broderson, Schwab Family As Iowa’s Best

WATERLOO, Iowa—The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum announced that it has selected Julien Broderson of Davenport Assumption as this year’s recipient of the Bob Steenlage Iowa High School Wrestler of the Year Award and the Schwab family as this year’s recipient of the Bowlsby Family Legacy Award.

Broderson and the Schwab family will receive their awards during the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa inductions on June 7 at the Prairie Links Golf & Event Center in Waverly, Iowa. The evening will also feature the induction of the 2019 Class of the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa – Bob Kenny, Dave Martin, Steve Mocco, Brent Metcalf, Gene Doyle and the 2008 Waverly Shell-Rock wrestling team – and the presentation of the Bob Siddens Iowa High School Coaching Excellence Award to Blake Williams and the Russ Smith Community Impact Award to Marti and Jerry Roling. For more information contact that National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or dgmstaff@nwhof.org.

The Bob Steenlage Iowa High School Wrestler of the Year Award is presented each year to the top high school senior in the state of Iowa while the Bowlsby Family Legacy Award is presented to a family with ties to Iowa that collectively excelled in wrestling.

Broderson, who will attend Iowa State University, became the 93rd three-time wrestling state champion in Iowa history, winning Class 2A titles in 2017 at 160 pounds, in 2018 at 182 pounds and in 2019 at 195 pounds. He had a 112-match winning streak to conclude his career and finish with a 171-17 career record.

The award is named after Bob Steenlage, who was the first four-time state wrestling champion in Iowa. Competing for Britt High School, he won state titles in 1959 at 95 pounds, in 1960 at 103 pounds, in 1961 at 112 pounds and in 1962 at 120 pounds. Steenlage wrestled four years at West Point Military Academy and did not lose in a dual meet during his career. He finished third at the 1966 NCAA tournament at 123 pounds to earn All-American honors. He went on to graduate from the Army’s Airborne and Ranger Schools, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the Vietnam War.

The Schwab family is the fifth recipient of the Bowlsby Family Legacy Award. Wrestling for Osage High School, Mike Schwab was an Iowa state champion in 1981 while Mark was a four-time state champion from 1982-85 and Doug was a state champion in 1996. Mike was an All-American for the University of Northern Iowa, finishing eighth at the NCAA tournament in 1987, while Mark was a two-time All-American for UNI, finishing fifth in 1986 and sixth in 1990. Doug was a national champion and three-time All-American for the University of Iowa, finishing first in 1999, third in 2000 and second in 2001. He finished fifth at the World Championships in 2007 and competed for the United States in the Olympics in 2008. Doug is currently the head wrestling coach at UNI.

The Bowlsby Family Legacy Award is named after the Bowlsby Family from Waterloo, Iowa. John and Bob wrestled for legendary coach Bob Siddens at Waterloo West High School while their parents, Bob and Pat, and sisters, Ann, Sarah and Jane, were instrumental in their careers.

Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa Class of 2019
Bob Kenny (Emmetsburg, Iowa)
Dave Martin (Iowa State)
Steve Mocco (Iowa)
Brent Metcalf (Iowa)
Gene Doyle (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
2008 Waverly-Shell Rock team (Outstanding Team)
Marti and Jerry Roling (Russ Smith Community Impact Award)
Blake Williams (Bob Siddens Iowa High School Wrestling Coach of the Year)
Julien Broderson (Bob Steenlage Iowa High School Wrestler of the Year)
Schwab Family (Bowlsby Family Legacy Award)

Bob Steenlage Iowa High School Wrestler of the Year winners
2015: Max Thomsen (Union of La Porte City)
2016: Carter Happel (Lisbon)
2017: Marcus Coleman (Ames)
2018: Brody Teske (Fort Dodge) and Alex Thomsen (Underwood)
2019: Julien Broderson (Davenport Assumption)

Bowlsby Family Legacy Award winners
2009: The Reiter Family
2013: The Huff Family
2014: The Gibbons Family
2018: The Banach Family
2019: The Schwab Family