Dale Benjamin has been a tremendous voice and contributor to the sport of wrestling for 40 some years. In 1993 he was named "Minnesota State Wrestling Broadcaster of the year" by the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association. Later that year he was named "Nation Wrestling Broadcaster of the Year" by Wrestling USA Magazine. Dale is a graduate of Brown Institute in Minneapolis with broadcasting degree. He has broadcast numerous NCAA National Wrestling tournaments for radio stations in Iowa. He has also broadcast Owatonna High School Wrestling over 30 years for KRFO Radio and Charter Communications (formerly Bresnen and Jones) Inter-cable television. In all these years he has never accepted money for his services. Whenever offered money DaleÊ¼s response is always, "I canÊ¼t-because itÊ¼s for Wrestling." Benjamin attended Gilmore City-Bradgate High School, graduating in 1975. He then attended Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduating with an AssociateÊ¼s Degree in Radio/TV Broadcasting in 1976. With his dynamic voice Dale has served Minnesota Wrestling well beyond the local team. He was the "voice" of the StateÊ¼s largest Open Wrestling Tournament, The Owatonna Open, for over 20 years. He has also been the announcer for the Minnesota USA Freestyle State Tournament for some 20 years. And, when one of MinnesotaÊ¼s "all-time" premier events came to Minnesota, the 2000 USA Dream Team vs Minnesota Classic which was held at Apple Valley High School it was Dale who was asked to be the "gym announcer." Beyond this, Dale did video broadcasts of the Minnesota vs Wisconsin High School Wrestling Classic back in 1999. Dale has also been the "Main Gym Announcer" for The Clash-National Duals in Rochester since its inception and does the narration of the Minnesota Chapter-NWHOF presentation video every year since 2004. Not only is Dale a great broadcaster, but he has been instrumental in the success of the Owatonna Wrestling program. He served as a youth coach for several years, and served as Community Vice-President of the powerful Owatonna Wrestling Association. He also served as OWA Interim President one year. He received the Owatonna Wrestling AssociationÊ¼s highest honor in 1998, the OWA Service Award. He has put in many hours helping in whatever way he can contribute over the years. Both DaleÊ¼s sons, Brian and Barry, wrestled for Owatonna High School. DaleÊ¼s wife is Sheri, and they have four children and seven grandchildren. They are very active members in the Owatonna Eagles Club "People helping People" where has helped MC their Annual Cancer Auction Fundraiser for several years. He has served as President and was named "Eagle of the Year" in 2009. They enjoy getting away to their summer cabin at Okoboji and several Charter Fishing Trips on Lake of the Woods. Dale has also been a large contributor to wrestling. He helps several local and state programs. He started the Superior Trophy Company several years ago with the primary purpose to help reduce costs to local wrestling programs in purchasing awards for tournaments and awards banquets. This business has thrived because wrestling programs deal with him due to his low costs and top quality awards. Beyond all his contributions on the State and local levels, Dale has become an avid Gopher Wrestling fan. This is no small feat for an Iowa native who grew up as a fan of Iowa State Cyclone Wrestling. He has attended several Big 10Ê¼s and over 30 NCAA championships. There can be no more deserving individual to represent our Minnesota Chapter of the National Wresting Hall of Fame in the category of "Wrestling Contributor." Dale Benjamin has played an instrumental role in development and success of wrestling in Minnesota on the local, state and national levels.
Lifetime Service to Wrestling