Florida Chapter

Official State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

The Florida chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame was founded in 2000. We have over 139 inductees representing the state from Pensacola to Key West. A traveling wrestling museum is the center piece of our Honors weekend, the FHSAA finals, and our 2 off season tournaments. We award one boys' and girls' Next Level Scholarship, annually, in the amount of $1000. Florida has hosted a Coach Ashley Sword (Life University) clinic and guest speakers Coach Tom Ryan (Ohio State) and Coach John Smith (Oklahoma State). Our information and message can be found here and on our Facebook page. Enjoy this video produced by National. It says it all right here. Read the Spring 2022 newsletter.

Nominations

Class 2023 nominations are accepted until August 30, 2022. Please email Bob Burns for further instructions.

Donations to the Florida Chapter may be made by visiting:fl-nwhof.ticketleap.com (Note: A convenience fee is charged by ticketleap)

Questions? Contact:
Jane Townsend 561.876.5830 or Don Smith 561-629-2399  djs4track@gmail.com <djs4track@gmail.com>;

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Nomination Categories

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.

John Vaughan Award

This prestigious chapter award was created to acknowledge those deserving individuals who otherwise may not receive recognition for their profound contribution to the sport of amateur wrestling in the state.

Florida Chapter Board

The Florida Chapter for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame was established in 2000.

National Wrestling Hall of Fame - Florida Chapter
1505 Crowberry Ln Sebastian, Fl 32598

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Gary Townsend – Executive Director
Don Smith – Vice President
Jane Townsend – Secretary
Emily Drews – Treasurer
Sam Agresti - Security
Bill Combs - Operations
Robert Matyskiel - Sergeant at Arms
Robert Burns – Nominations
Pete Collins – Museum Curator
Robert Thomas – Media Services
Jeff Malavsky – Development
Jim Smoot - Officials Director Cecelia Solomon – Administrative Assistant

1 Year BOARD
FAWA – open

FHSAA – Corey Sobers
Boys Director – Sal Basile
Girls Director – Kirwyn Adderley

youThe HOF Board is growing our traveling museum of Florida Wrestling. We are looking for state championship programs for all years and all divisions. If you have one(s) to donate please contact Museum Curator Pete Collins.

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Florida Chapter Inductions

Join the Hall of Fame as we honor the class of 2022: John Lawton, Bryan Wilkes, Jeff Levitez, Mark Prince, Kevin Pedersen, Humberto Reyna, and Dave Phillips. Book your room for the August 26, 27 Honors Weekend. Plan your stay accordingly. Friday: AM golf, PM Social, Saturday: AM Brunch, PM Honors Banquet. The host hotel is the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Resort Area.

Book early with this hotel link.

You must use the ticketleap link to purchase weekend event tickets. Get them here.

If you want to golf contact Don Smith 561-629-2399  djs4track@gmail.com


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