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

New York - Upstate Chapter Board

Carl KoenigPresident
Fred Brown, Don DeBadts, Stan Elinsky, Pat Greene, Pete Hausrath, Reed Hawke, Tim Herman, Michael Hogan, Jim Howard, Jeanne Jackson, Eric Knuutila, Don Kovalchik, Cark Koenig, John Kopalek, Jack LaBombard, Frank Marotta, Dr. Thomas Martin, Ed Michael, Bob Zifchock, Jennie Jackson, Michael Hogan

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New York - Upstate Chapter Inductions

The Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is honored to announce and introduce the 2022 Lifetime of Service Awards as well as our Outstanding American Award and Medal of Courage Award winners. The following will be enshrined in the State Chapters' Hall of Fame Room at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

  • Chris Bourne (Lifetime Service to Wrestling)
  • Dana Charpentier (Lifetime Service to Wrestling)
  • John Grillo (Lifetime Service to Wrestling)
  • Roy Guarino (Lifetime Service to Wrestling)
  • Randy Morrison (Lifetime Service to Wrestling)
  • Robert "Rob" Weeks (Lifetime Service to Wrestling)
  • Pastor Arthur Jones Jr. (Outstanding American)
  • Scott Key (Medal of Courage)

Other Awards:

  • Sofia Macaluso (Steve Silver Outstanding Girls Wrestler Award)
  • Kole Mulhauser (Robert Feldmeier Outstanding Wrestler Award)
  • Carter Baer (Richard "Pete" Hausrath Outstanding Wrestler Award)
  • Matt O'Rourke (Stanbro Media Award)
New York - Upstate Chapter News

Latest New York - Upstate Chapter News

Upstate New York Announces Class of 2023

The Upstate New York Chapter of the NWHOF would like to present the 2023 honorees for this year’s ceremony on September 24, 2023 at the Double Tree Hotel in Syracuse, NY.

First Girls Invitational Wrestling Tournament held at the SRC Arena

On January 27, 2024 many of the girls who wrestled as certified wrestlers by the NYSPHAA participated in an unofficial wrestling tournament sponsored by the NYSPHSAA.

Congratulations to Athletic Director and Hall of Fame Member Andy Noel’s Retirement from Cornell University

2013 Upstate New York Chapter honoree Andy Noel will retire from Cornell University as the University’s Athletic Director after over 40 years at Cornell.

Upstate New York honoree John Clark pens book "Journey to Daybreak"

The Upstate New York Chapter is pleased to report that John Clark, 2005 Chapter Hall of Famer and former St. Lawrence University Wrestling coach, has written an excellent book, “Journey to Daybreak”.

NYSPHSAA Girls Invitational Wrestling Tournament to be held at SRC Arena in Syracuse

On January 27, 2023 the NYSPHSAA Girls Invitational Wrestling Tournament will be held at the SRC Arena in Syracuse. This year girls’ wrestling has been sanctioned by the NYSPHSAA as an “emerging sport” for the state.

It Takes A Team

The Upstate New York Chapter of the NWHOF would like to convey our sincere gratitude to a number of individuals who helped to make our annual Hall of Fame ceremony such a success.

25th Annual Upstate New York Inductions

On Sunday September 25, 2022, the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame held it’s 25th annual ceremony with 335 individuals from our New York wrestling family.

Upstate New York Chapter Recognizes Youth in the State

The Steve Silver Outstanding Female Wrestler in New York will be given to National Tricia Saunders winner Sofia Macaluso. The Robert Feldmeier and Richard Hausrath Outstanding Wrestling Award in Div I to Kole Mulhauser and Div II Carter Baer.

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