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 Board of Directors of the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame would like to announce that the 2020 Induction Ceremony scheduled for September 20, 2020 is canceled due to the concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of all the uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, the Board does not feel they can provide for the health and safety of all possible attendees and honorees. This year’s class of inductees and honorees will be honored on September 19, 2021 at the Double Tree Hotel in East Syracuse, New York.

We will be privilege to at that time to recognized Mitch Clark, James Canfield, Eric D’Arcy, Mike Fusilli, Eric Romanino and Tom Shifflet with Lifetime Service Awards. Additionally, James Hughes will be presented the Medal of Courage and Timm Slade the Outstanding American Award. Marcia Albrecht will be presented the Chapter’s Volunteer Award and Rob Centorani will be honored with the Stanbro Media Award. In addition, Mia Macaluso will be receiving the 2020 Tricia Saunders Award for New York State and Greg Diakomihalis, the Dave Schultz Award for the state. Greg and Anthony Noto will be given the Robert Feldmeier Outstanding Wrestler’s Award for the 2019-20 season.

New York - Upstate Chapter News

Latest New York - Upstate Chapter News

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.

Girls Wrestling Making Moves in New York

New York adds girls wrestling as emerging sport. Upstate New York Chapter names Girls Outstanding Wrestler Award after Steve Silver.

Female Wrestling Moving Forward with Many Firsts

Female wrestling moving forward in New York with first Section IV girls state tournament and first national Tricia Saunders High School Excellence honoree Sofia Macaluso.

Upstate New York Announces Arthur Jones as Outstanding American and Dana Charpentier as Lifetime Service to Wrestling Honorees

The Upstate New York Chapter of the NWHOF is proud to present Reverend Arthur Jones and Dana Charpentier as honorees at this year’s ceremony at the Double Tree Hotel in East Syracuse on September 25, 2022.

Grillo and Bourne Named Lifetime Service to Wrestling Honorees

The Chapter recognizes the excellence that John J Grillo and Chris Bourne represent.

Upstate New York Chapter Board Meets to Continue Efforts for the September Inductions

On Sunday, April 25, 2022 the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame held their meeting in Cazenovia, NY. Hot topics on the agenda were the upcoming inductions and their dedication to sanctioning female wrestling.

Upstate New York Honoree Highlight

The Upstate New York Chapter of the NWHOF takes great pleasure in recognizing two of our honorees. Rob Weeks and Randy Morrison are outstanding coaches and have had a significant impact on wrestling in New York.

Upstate New York Chapter Stanbro Media and Volunteer Awards Announced

Upstate New York Chapter announces Matt O'Rourke for the Stanbro Media Award and Dick Ballard for the Volunteer Award. This year’s ceremony will be held on September 25, 2022 at the Double Tree Hotel in East Syracuse.

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