New York - Upstate Chapter

Official State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

The future of American society depends upon the existence of a strong citizenry, comprised of individuals with leadership qualities based upon self-discipline, self-reliance, and self-confidence. The sport of wrestling helps build these characteristics in youth, regardless of their physical, economic, cultural, or geographic backgrounds. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum seeks to broaden the understanding and development of these values in the following manner:

  1. Through recognition of those who have demonstrated these characteristics while achieving or developing excellence in the sport as wrestlers, coaches, and contributors.
  2. Through recognition of those who have demonstrated these characteristics while achieving excellence in other walks of life after participating in wrestling.
  3. Through the maintenance of documentation and memorabilia that depicts and preserves the history of the sport.
  4. Through stimulation and encouragement of those who establish and conduct activities at all levels nationwide.
  5. Through the development of State Chapters that will continuously strive to enhance the image of the sport of wrestling at the state and national levels.


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.

Upstate NY Chapter Nomination Forms:

Lifetime Service Nomination Form

Outstanding American Nomination Form

Medal of Courage Nomination Form

Volunteer Nomination Form

Stanbro Media Nomination Form


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The Upstate New York State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame would like to announce their new inductees into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and this year's winner of the Outstanding American Award.

This year we take great pride in recognizing the individuals who will be honored on September 29, 2024 at the Double Tree Hotel in East Syracuse, New York. The individuals who will be receiving the Lifetime Service Award at this occasion are:

James Beichner - former head coach, University at Buffalo

William Doran - high school and collegiate wrestling official

Michael Frood - former head coach, Jordan-Elbridge High School

Leonard Gadway - former head coach, Beekmantown High School

Bill Hadsell - former coach, current Section V wrestling chairman

Michael Howard, Sr - head coach, SUNY Oswego

Carl Koenig - former coach, high school & collegiate wrestling official

Philip "Red" Fedele will be honored with the Outstanding American at the induction ceremony.

September 29, 2024

12:00 PM Reception with cash bar
1:45 PM Ceremony

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Class of 2023

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Upstate New York Chapter Class of 2023

(Left to Right): John Leone, Dave Hickson, Robert Coppola, Ton Stanbro, Jack Romagnoli, Gary Edwards, Kevin Gallagher.

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