National Wrestling Hall of Fame

2017 Hall of Fame Banquet

The 15th Annual Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame induction will be held on Saturday, April 29th at 5:30 PM at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

One of the things that makes this event so special each year is the gathering of members (past inductees and directors) to welcome the new class of honorees.  On April 29th, the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame will be honoring our Lifetime Service inductees Robert Anniballi (Natick), Thomas Bartosek (Canton), Patrick Coleman (Norton), and Craig Stone (Lynnfield-North Reading), and our Outstanding American inductee Dr. John Passarini (Waltham).


Their achievements will be recognized by the prestigious National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma with an official commemorative plaque, a National Hall of Fame jacket, a biographical poster board and a keepsake program booklet.  Their names will be memorialized with the other inductees on the National Wall of Honor.  Even more poignant will be the priceless memories forged when you and your friends experience this special tribute with these outstanding inductees.

In addition, the 1991 Randolph team and the 1992 Springfield Central team will be recognized for the 25th anniversary of their Division I state championships, along with 1990, 91, 92, 94, 98, 99 & 2000 Franklin teams for their seven Division II state championships, a dynasty team of the nineties. We will also announce recipients of the Jim Peckham “Earning the Right to Win” Scholarship.

The banquet and ceremonies will be held in one of Gillette Stadium’s function halls and will feature a plated dinner and, of course, the induction of five outstanding individuals and the recognition of three championship teams.

The ceremonies will be officiated by 2013 inductee Steven Biondolillo. The event promises to be a fun night of celebrating and reminiscing that will honor these teams and individuals and provide memories of their great accomplishments.

Purchase tickets via or contact Rene Canezin (Treasurer) at 617-721-9697 or

Unique Opportunity for Gillette Stadium Tours
For anyone joining us at the Massachusetts Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet on Saturday, April 29, you now have the chance to take a Gillette Stadium Tour! Gillette Stadium Tours are exclusively for event attendees and provide a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy a behind-the-scenes experience, even stepping onto the sidelines of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution’s playing field. Tours are available at 4:30 PM on Saturday, April 29th. Register here.
Hotel Information:
Hotel rooms are available for the evening of our banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn at Gillette Stadium for $199/room.
Tribute Page Information:

If you’d like to participate in a tribute to one of the honorees, or simply make a contribution to the MA Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, please do so through the above website, or be in touch with Rene Canezin.