Massachusetts Chapter

Official State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Our Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 3:00 PM. 

Ticket Information

Purchase tickets for the Hall of Fame Banquet or Mass Mayhem via or contact Rene Canezin (Treasurer) at 617-721-9697 or


The mission of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is to promote and strengthen the sport of wrestling in Massachusetts. We do this by preserving the history of Massachusetts wrestling, recognizing our excellence, and inspiring future generations to learn from our great sport.

As a state chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Massachusetts Chapter carries forth the goals of our national organization by celebrating the excellence of wrestlers, coaches, officials, and other contributors to Massachusetts wrestling.

Deserving individuals are recognized through induction into the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (MA-NWHOF), or through special awards bestowed upon them with the assistance of the MA-NWHOF.

Inductees are enshrined in the State Chapter Gallery of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Museum in Stillwater OK. In the museum, our inductees take their rightful place alongside other wrestling giants who have contributed to the sport of wrestling.


Individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions to Massachusetts Wrestling may be inducted into the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in one of three categories:

Lifetime Service To Wrestling

Given in recognition of at least 20 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 insurmountable challenges or made heroic sacrifices.

How to Nominate a Candidate

If you would like to nominate an individual for recognition or support the mission of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, please contact Gary Chase (Vice President of Nominations) at or 508-208-5535. Completed nomination forms and/or letters of recommendations may be emailed directly to Gary Chase at

MA-NWHOF Nomination Form

Massachusetts Chapter Board

Board of Directors

  • Sean Harrington
  • Rene Canezin
  • Gary Chase
  • Elena Glassman
  • Phil Gormley
  • Joe Nugent
  • Matt Quimby
  • Annie Staulo
  • Steve Toubman
  • Chas Tucker

NWHOF State Chapter Director

  • Krista Graff

Massachusetts Chapter News

Latest Massachusetts Chapter News

2022 Massachusetts Hall of Fame Banquet

The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame will be honoring our Lifetime Service inductees Daryl Arroyo, Barry Greener, Jack Jones, Mike Testa, Bill Wassel and Sam Ruggeri (Posthumous) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 12th.

2021 Massachusetts Chapter Honorees Recognized

The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame honored our 2021 Lifetime Service inductees Dr. Robert Fitzgerald, Ed Hanley, Dennis King, Marc Loranger, Heb Evans (posthumous) and our 2021 Outstanding American inductee Rodney Smith.

Massachusetts wrestlers fared well at Super32!

Massachusetts has outstanding Super 32 tournament.

2021 Hall of Fame Banquet

Rodney Smith - Back to Massachusetts

Rodney Smith is one of the preeminent wrestlers that Massachusetts has ever produced. He progressed from a very good high school wrestler to an outstanding collegiate wrestler to one of the finest amateur wrestlers in the world.

2021 US Marine Corps Junior and 16U Nationals were well represented by Massachusetts

Team Massachusetts took 41 boys and girls to compete in the 2021 US Marine Corps Junior &16U Nationals in Fargo, ND.

2021 Peckham Scholarship Recipients announced

The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame announced their 2021 Peckham Scholarship recipients, including Prep School recipient Ethan Wilson (Thayer Academy) and Public School recipient Max Leete (Danvers High School).

NWHOF Massachusetts Chapter: Marisol Nugent wins Junior National Championship

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