National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Nominations and Donations

Class 2022 nominations are accepted until August 30, 2021. Please email Bob Burns for further instructions.

Donations to the Florida Chapter may be made by (Note: A convenience fee is charged by ticketleap)

Questions? Contact:
Jane Townsend 561.876.5830 or Don Smith 561-629-2399

Nomination Categories

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.

John Vaughan Award

This prestigious chapter award was created to acknowledge those deserving individuals who otherwise may not receive recognition for their profound contribution to the sport of amateur wrestling in the state.

Chapter Grand

Honoring those who have passed

Brant Parsons, “A Big Fan of Wrestling”

Board Members

The Florida Chapter for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame was established in 2000.

National Wrestling Hall of Fame ~ Florida Chapter                                                                                  1505 Crowberry Ln Sebastian, Fl  32598


Gary Townsend – Executive Director
Don Smith – Vice President
Jane Townsend – Secretary
Emily Drews – Treasurer
Sam Agresti
Bill Combs
Robert Matyskiel
Robert Burns – Nominations
Pete Collins – Museum Curator
Robert Thomas – Media Services
Jeff Malavsky – Development
Cecelia Solomon – Administrative Assistant

BOARD (1 Year terms)
FAWA – Bill Crum
FHSAA – Open
Coaches – Sal Basile
Officials – Jim Smoot
Girls Director – Kirwyn Adderley


Summer 2018 Newsletter

Spring 2019 NWHOF FL newsletter

Summer 2019 NWHOF FL newsletter

Fall 2019 NWHOF FL newsletter

Winter 2020 NWHOF FL newsletter

Spring 2021 NWHOF FL newsletter

The HOF Board is growing our traveling museum of Florida Wrestling.  We are looking for state championship programs for all years and all divisions. If your have one(s) to donate please contact Museum Curator Pete Collins.



Class of 2020 Honors Weekend to Combine With 2021

Don Smith is organizing a golf outing for Friday morning, September 24th.  This will be a fun event that is a chance to play a Disney World course.  If you are interested, contact Don at or by calling and leaving him a voicemail at 561-629-2339.  Please provide as much information as possible, such as your name and if it is just you golfing, or a foursome and the names of the foursome.

Tickets for Honors Weekend events (other than golf):

Hotel accommodations: