National Wrestling Hall of Fame


The Connecticut Chapter’s Hall of Fame dinner returns to Foxwoods in May.

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

Hall of Fame induction banquet set for May at Foxwoods

Six outstanding individuals from the state’s wrestling community have been selected for induction into the Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame will hold an induction dinner on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the MGM Hotel at Foxwoods to honor these men for their contribution to the sport of wrestling and our communities. The six men are:

  • Colonel Charles Anderson, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient who has served in the Connecticut Army National Guard for more than 30 years, and as the head wrestling coach at both Trumbull High and Norwalk High
  • John Bennett, a coach, official and four-time member of the U.S. Veterans World team
  • Patrick Burns, former New Milford High coach, an official and CIAC wrestling committee member
  • Carmen DelVecchio, one of the top officials in New England and in the nation
  • Jason Shaughnessy, the high school coach at Fairfield Warde and Fairfield High and founder and coach with the Police Athletic League (PAL) youth wrestling program in Fairfield
  • Dennis Siegmann, the former head coach at Bristol Central High for 22 years and an assistant coach at two junior colleges that won four national championships in six years

These six will join 38 other inductees in the Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.Tickets for the banquet will be available online now for $100 or $45 for children. Buy your tickets now.


Gene Mills to speak at CT Chapter induction banquet
Hall of Fame wrestler Gene Mills, a two-time World Cup champion and two-time NCAA champion, will be a guest speaker at the 2019 induction banquet by the Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on May 4, at Foxwoods Resort and Casino. Mills, who is attending to honor his long-time friend Patrick Burns, will speak at dinner