Bob Siddens is arguably the greatest high school wrestling coach in American history. His 27 year coaching career (1950-1977) included 11 team state championships, a 327-26-3 dual meet record, and a streak of 88 consecutive dual meet wins. Siddens also coached nine individual NCAA champions and one Olympic champion.
Dal Bahr was an NCAA champion and three-time All-American for Iowa State. He placed second at the NCAA tournament in 1966, third in 1967, and first in 1968. Bahr coached the University of Michigan wrestling program from 1978 through 1999, compiling a 221-119-6 dual meet record.
Hugo Otopalik was the head wrestling coach at Iowa State from 1924 through 1953. His teams compiled a 159-66-5 dual meet record. Otopalik coached Iowa State to a NCAA team championship (considered unofficial because no team scores were kept) in 1933. He also coached hall of fame namesake Glen Brand to an NCAA title…
Kelly Ward was an NCAA champion and three-time NCAA championship finalist for Iowa State. He placed second at the NCAA tournament in 1977, second in 1978, and first in 1979. His overall career college record was 126-10-2.
Ken Snyder was a two-time Division II NCAA champion for Northern Iowa, winning titles in 1974 and 1975. He was also a tow-time Division I All-American for the Panthers those same years. Snyder’s career college record at UNI was 95-15-3.