The Gibbons Family

The Gibbons family will receive the Family Legacy Award. Bill and Bea Gibbons had four sons—Jim, Joe, Jeff, and Tim—who wrestled. Their oldest son, Jim, was a three-time state wrestling champion for Ames High School (1975-77). He was a three-time All-American (1980-82) for Iowa State, which included an individual NCAA championship in 1981. Jim was the head wrestling coach at Iowa State from 1986 through 1992. He coached the Cyclones to an NCAA team title in 1987. Joe was a four-time Iowa high school state wrestling champion and an NCAA champion (1985) for Iowa State. He won two state championship for Waterloo Columbus (1978-79) and two for Ames (1980-81). Joe was also a four-time All-American (1982, 1984-86) for the Cyclones. Jim and Joe are members of the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa. Jeff was a state champion for Ames High School in 1983 and 1984, and a second place finisher in 1982. He was a two-time All-American for Iowa State, placing third at the 1987 NCAA tournament and sixth at the 1988 NCAA tournament.  Tim was a state champion for Ames in 1976. He wrestled at Iowa State for one season before becoming an orthopedic surgeon.


Bowlsby Family Legacy Award

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