National Wrestling Hall of Fame


Welcome to the home of the Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The Connecticut chapter is a direct extension of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Chapter and Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The Connecticut chapter provides outreach and support for the National Hall. Our chapter was formed in 2002 to honor committed coaches, officials, contributors and other deserving individuals from Connecticut. Our first induction banquet was in 2003 with additional banquets in 2004 and 2005. The chapter was restarted in 2009 by current president Ted Ozkowski and we have hosted three induction banquets (2010, 2013 and 2016).


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.

Chapter Board of Directors

Ted Oczkowski, President
203-980-8060; Email:
Dr. Erich Doubek, Treasurer and VP, Finance
860-354-8583; Email:
Gerry deSimas, Jr., Corresponding Secretary
860-869-4594; Email:
Nick Grosso, Director
203-828-6580; Email:
Carmen Delvecchio, Banquet Coordinator
860-669-2815; Email:
Mark Cammisa, Director
203-790-9209; Email:
Gary Tilbe, Director
203-266-7702; Email:
Brian Zaccagnino, Director
860-919-1879; Email:
Kevin Holmgren, Director
860-460-0217; Email:


Connecticut wrestling

Chapter awards two scholarships in 2018
In 2018, the Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame awarded $500 college scholarships to two outstanding scholar athletes who will be continuing their education in college this fall. The chapter selected Fitch’s Jarod Kosman to receive the Eric Weihenmayer Scholarship with Demetre Carnot of Maloney High in Meriden to receive a Scholar Athlete award. Read more about the two scholarship winners.


Kosman wins Dave Schultz Award
Fitch’s Jarod Kosman, who was named the Connecticut winner of the 2018 Dave Schultz award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, signed his letter of intent to attend the University of Maryland on Friday. Kosman (57-0) went undefeated as a senior at 113 pounds, winning the State Open, New England and National High School Coaches Association’s national championship. He is the first Connecticut wrestler to win the Senior Nationals.