National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Inductee: Willie Gadson

Willie Gadson, who passed away in 2013 after a year-long battle with cancer, coached Waterloo East High School from 2004-12.

He coached 16 state qualifiers and 10 state place-winners, including his son Kyven, who did not lose a match while winning state championships in 2009 and 2010. Kyven Gadson went on to win an NCAA title at 197 pounds for Iowa State in 2015.

Willie Gadson won Big Eight championships and was an All-American at Iowa State in 1975 and 1976, and was as assistant coach for the Cyclones from 1979-82.