Russ Smith Community Impact Award

The Russ Smith Community Impact Award is presented to individuals who demonstrate exceptional local impact on wrestling in Iowa. It is named in honor of Russ Smith, who worked 47 years at the Waterloo Courier, including 34 years as sports editor, and who gave wrestling top billing, providing it front page sports coverage.

Our Mission: To honor the sport of wrestling by preserving its history, recognizing extraordinary individual achievements, and inspiring future generations