New Jersey Chapter

Official State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

The New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame became a reality with the induction of the Class of 2001. We thank the founders of the New Jersey Chapter: Frank Mosier, John Harmon & Barry Burtnett.

The Inductees are in three separate classifications: Lifetime Service to Wrestling, Outstanding American, and State Medal of Courage. All Inductees are honored at the Annual Award Banquet and have a plaque in their honor in the National Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

A Message From the Membership:

Welcome to the web site of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. We are pleased that you are interested in viewing the information we have developed which informs you about the activities our Chapter has been engaged in during the past several months.

 We hope that the information provided best describes some of the work our membership has been committed to doing for the advancement of wrestling especially in the State of New Jersey.

Through this web site, we look forward in providing timely messages, information about previous sponsored events, as well as conversation about wrestling, and what activities the New Jersey Chapter has planned and designed in the weeks and months that follow.

Take the time to read, enjoy, and most importantly, become involved through our web site in continuing to make our sport the great one that it is in the State of New Jersey, and beyond.

Thank you.


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.

New Jersey Chapter Board

President                     Howie O'Neil

Vice President            Ken Bernabe

Treasurer                   Dr. William Miron

Secretary                   Pete Frampton


Lori Ayres

Mike Cunningham

Ed Glassheim

Steven Jastrabek

Gary Kessel

Oscar Orellana

Robert Shernce

Frank Sica

Webmaster               Laura Nawrocik

New Jersey Chapter Inductions

Important Dates to Remember

Annual Golf Outing -

Induction Banquet –

Induction Ceremony Programs



New Jersey Chapter News

Latest New Jersey Chapter News

New Jersey Chapter Inducts Six Into Its Class of 2023

Attended by 390 enthusiastic fans of the sport, the New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame honored five men for Lifetime Service and one as an Outstanding American at its 23rd induction ceremony.

New Jersey Diner Boys

New Jersey wrestling hall of famers meet for monthly breakfast.

New Jersey Chapter 20th Annual Golf Outing a Hugh Success

The 20th annual golf outing proved to be its most successful, as a record 125 registered golfers took part in the New Jersey Chapter’s July 26 event.

New Jersey Chapter Announces Class of 2023 Inductees

The New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame will honor six new members in its induction banquet on Sept. 24, taking place at the Westin Hotel in Princeton, NJ.

NJ Chapter Board Member Oscar Orellana, Honored As Administrator of the Year

At the recent Shore Conference wrestling awards banquet Oscar Orellana, NJ Chapter board member, was honored as Wrestling’s High School Administrator of the Year.

New Jersey Chapter Annual Golf Outing Set

20th Annual Event Taking Place July 26, Reservations Available Now

Paul Franklin Wins John Vogeding Memorial Award for Journalistic Excellence

Franklin receives 2023 award from New Jersey Wrestling Coaches Association

New Jersey Chapter Inducts Six Members Into Its Class Of 2022

Gratitude, humility and emotion were the themes of the 2022 induction banquet for New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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