Pennsylvania Chapter

Official State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame


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.

If you would like to nominate some one for any of the National Awards listed to the left of this message please contact:

Vice President of Nominations:

Email Tom Elling

Pennsylvania Chapter Board

President - Howard Hob Kroesen

Vice President - Tom Elling

Secretary - Joe Stabilito Sr (Webmaster)

Treasurer - Lloyd Rhoades

President Emeritus - Ann Perry Ritter

Board Members:

Barry Smith

Brooke Zumas

David Vannoy

Dennis Kellon

Frank Ferrandino (Advisory)

Jeff Byers

John C. Thomas
Ralph Wetzel
Rodney Lamb
Tad Harbert (Advisory)

Tom Harbert

Tristian Warner (Advisory)

Pennsylvania Chapter Inductions

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Pennsylvania Chapter News

Latest Pennsylvania Chapter News

2023 Inductees are Announced for Pennsylvania Chapter

Make plans to join the Pennsylvania Chapter April 30, 2023, to celebrate the wrestling heritage in our great state.

Pennsylvania Girls High School Champions recognized at State Capitol

On May 24, 2022, the PA Girls HS State Champions were recognized at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA. The 13 HS state champs, as well as their coaches, families & members of SanctionPA, were recognized during the Senate session.

Pennsylvania Chapter's 7th Annual Golf Tournament Huge Success

The 7th annual PA Chapter NWHOF was held on June 24th, 2022 with a wonderful turnout. You don't want to miss out next year so save the date for June 23, 2023.

7th Annual PA Chapter Golf Outing a huge success!

The Pennsylvania Chapter held its 7th annual Golf Outing on June 24th at the Golden Oaks Golf Club. Make plans to join the group next year.

Why Support Girls Wrestling

I have been a part of the wrestling world for 16 years now as a wrestling sister. People could come up with 100 reasons why girls shouldn’t wrestle, but not one reason why they should.

Pennsylvania Chapter Welcome New Board Members and Continue Planning Efforts

The PA Chapter recently held election of officers with Hob Kroesen elected president; Tom Elling VP; Joe Stabilito, sec.; and Lloyd Rhoades, treasurer. Longtime president Ann Peery Ritter, devoted to furthering wrestling, retired from the committee.

Pennsylvania Chapter Banquet Huge Success

Steve Capoferri was recognized as the 2021 'Outstaning American' while 'Lifetime Service to Wrestling' awards were bestowed upon Marc Billett, Roger Crebs, Ken Daws, Robert Koffler, John Little, Carl Poff, Marty Strayer, and Rich Vetock.

"Carlton" Documentary Will Share Story Of Six-Time NCAA Champ, Distinguished Member Haselrig

Production is underway on a documentary of the life of National Wrestling Hall of Fame Distinguished Member Carlton Haselrig, a six-time NCAA champion for the University of Pitt-Johnstown.

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