National Wrestling Hall of Fame


On Saturday April 21, 2018 the NWHOF Minnesota Chapter held their 16th annual ceremony and inducted 9 distinguished members who have contributed significantly to Minnesota Wrestling.  The Awards Ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn Austin, Mn., with over 350 in attendance.

Inducted in 2018 were Outstanding American Tim Penny, Metal of Courage Winner Donny Wichmann, and Lifetime Service Honorees Gerry Bakke, Gary Hindt, John Oxton, Marty Morgan, Dale Benjamin, Dr. Ted Lelica, and J Robinson

Kyle Klingman, the Director for the NWHOF Waterloo, attended and presented the plaques to the honorees.

Pictured above:  National Wrestling Hall of Fame Minnesota Chapter 2018 Class. Front Row (L-R): J Robinson, Dr. Ted Lelwica, Gerry Bakke, Donny Wichmann, and Gary Hindt. Back Row (L-R): John Oxton, Tim Penny, Marty Morgan, and Dale Benjamin. See the article in The Guillotine, more pictures from the banquet and bios.




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.

Minnesota Chapter Board of Directors

Spencer Yohe – President   320-766-1934

Mike Bredeck – VP Nominations

Scot Davis –  VP Programs

Al Olsen – VP Finance & Development

Ron Ackeman – Web Site Maintenance and Silent Auctions

Don Dravis – Secretary

Steve Ricard- Treasurer

Board Members –  Noel Bailey, Matt Clark, Bob Dettmer, George Graff, Mike Niemczyk



Annual Chapter Meeting

The Annual Minnesota Chapter Meeting will be held on Sat. August  17 and 18, 2018

The 2018 Mn Chapter of the NWHOF will hold its annual board meeting at Hook Lake, at Ron Malcom’s cabin at Park Rapids, MN.  Agenda will be the selection of inductees for 2019 and competitive sport contests.