National Wrestling Hall of Fame


The Board of Governors of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum established the State Chapter program in 1993. The purpose is to pay tribute to those coaches, officials and contributors who represent the best qualities of what the sport of wrestling has to offer and who share those characteristics with young people day in and day out. The purpose of our annual banquet is to honor and recognize those individuals who have made such a vital impact upon our sport in our community and in our State. Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to seeing you at our next banquet.

If you like, you can make a donation to the CA Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. Your check should be made payable to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum, CA Chapter and sent to Dale Deffner, 5921 Kenbrook Dr., Huntington Beach, CA  92648.

Nomination Catagories

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.


California Committee Members

 Dan Dierdorff, President
David Alexander Vice President
David Kreider Secretary
Dale Deffner Treasurer.

 Don Apadoca, Tom Hazell, Cliff Jarmie, Dave Knott, Stan Roberts, Mark Black, Steve Bulette

Ad Hoc Committee Members

Tom Slowey, Bob Stolo, Mike Stricker, Chris Horpel, Scott Downs, Paul Keysaw, Ken Bos

Please mail nominations to: Dan Dierdorff, 2480 Columbine Drive, Alpine, CA 91901


Lifetime Service to Wrestling
Joe Dansby
Bill Kalivas
Jamill Kelly
Paul Keysaw
Rick McKinney
Joe Seay
Steve Tirapelle
Gregory Zavala
Edward Zuckerman
Outstanding American
Dewayne Zinkin

2021 California Chapter Banquet

National Wrestling Hall of Fame – California Chapter

2021 Induction Ceremonies


2257 W. Shaw

Fresno, CA 93711

Social Hour
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Dinner & Induction:
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Tickets: $70.00 (Prior NWHOF inductees’ dinner fee is $45.00)
Mail to:
Dale Deffner, 5921 Kenbrook Dr., Huntington Beach, CA 92648  Payable to: NWHOF.CA