Florida Chapter

Official State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

The Florida chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. We have over 150 alumni representing the state. A traveling wrestling museum is the center piece of our Honors weekend, the FHSAA finals, and our off season tournament. We annually award one boys' and girls' Next Level Scholarship. Florida sponsored Life University Coach Ashley Sword's clinic and guest speakers Coach Tom Ryan (Ohio State) Coach John Smith (Oklahoma State) and Coach Chris Bono (Wisconsin). 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 and read the Fall 2023 newsletter.


Class 2025 nominations are accepted until August 30, 2024. Please email Bob Burns for further instructions.

For Honors Weekend tickets and donations visit: fl-nwhof.ticketleap.com  (A convenience fee is applicable). A mail in reservation form is available here.

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

Fill out this Lifetime Service / Outstanding American / Medal of Courage, Application

Fill out this John Vaughan Award, Application

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.

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

NWHOF - Florida
1505 Crowberry Ln Sebastian, Fl 32598


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 – Mikel Bush

The 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.

It's time for the "Big Show"!

Won't you join us in welcoming the NWHOF Florida Chapter Class of 2024. You were introduced to them at the FHSAA State Tournament on March 2. Now you can support them during the 25th Anniversary Honors Weekend Ceremony on August 23 and 24.

Here are your links:

- Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort

- Honors Weekend Events (fees apply)

- Mail in event reservations

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