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Dan Gable Left is NE Iowa's most
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of Cresco also represented this
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|The Hall-of-Fame Class of 2013
Far left-Jason Kelber, who wrestled for West Marshall High School
in State Center, was a three-time state champion
Mid Left-Tolly Thompson of Janesville was a three-time NCAA All-
American for the University of Nebraska.
Mid Right-Robert Kenny, Mason City had an outstanding coaching
career, his teams won six state teams titles and two state dual meet
Far Right-David Ripley was the Riceville wrestling coach for 33
years. In those years Ripley’s teams won two state titles while also
being a runner-up in both the state and dual meet tournaments.
|A huge crowd was on hand at the Cresco Country Club to honor the
located in Cresco is now 108 members strong. Dennis Meirick of
Protivin is the President of the Hall of Fame and also served as emcee
for the event. On the video below we'll hear from Meirick as well as
the Hall-of-Fame Inductees, Wartburg Wrestling Coach Jim Miller on
his first coaching job in Riceville under Riceville Coach David Ripley
Hear Gable's complete speech (about 5
minutes) to the HOF gathering in Cresco
|Hall of Fame Inductees in Attendance
of Protivin is the President of the Hall of
Fame and did another excellent job as
emcee of the event
was the Riceville wrestling coach for 33
years. In those years Ripley’s teams won
two state titles while also being a runner-
up in both the state and dual meet
tournaments. The Wildcat teams posted a
record of 319-90-1 under Ripley’s tenure.
Ripley coached 95 state qualifiers, 51
state place winners and 7 state
champions. He was twice named Coach of
of Mason City
was a native of Osage where he wrestled,
also had an outstanding coaching career,.
Kenny’s teams won six state teams titles
and two state dual meet titles while also
being a runner-up in three other state
tournaments. Kenny’s teams were 289-
123-1. He had 88 state qualifiers and 56
place winners. He coached 12 wrestlers
to state titles, 12 to second place finishes,
13 to third place finishes and 9 to fourth
|Jim Miller recently resigned as the
Wrestling Coach at Wartburg as the
winningest coach in the history of
NCAA-Division 3. Miller got his first
coaching job under David Ripley at
Riceville and introduced Ripley for his
induction into the HOF
|The pupil (Jim Miller-Right) said he learned a lot from one of his
mentors (David Ripley-Left) at Riceville and had the honor of
introducing Ripley and handing him his HOF Award
|Hear Dan Gable Below talking about the effort to
"Keep Wrestling in the Olympics"
during the HOF ceremony
|One of the latest HOF inductees David Ripley of Riceville models some
of the early wrestling headgear. The crowd got a good chuckle
including Jim Miller, Ripley's wife, and emcee Dennis Meirick
who wrestled for West Marshall High
School in State Center, was a three-time
state champion who went unbeaten his
sophomore, junior and senior seasons
(123-3 overall). Kelber also wrestled at
the University of Nebraska where he was
a 126 pound NCAA champion and a
three-time all American.
a Janesville native
was a three-time NCAA All-American while
capturing one NCAA championship for the
University of Nebraska. The Janesville
native twice placed second in the high
school state tournament. Thompson
further distinguished himself as he
wrestled internationally for eight years
after college. Thompson placed third at
the 2005 World Championship at 120
kgs/265.5 lbs in Budapest Hungary. Along
with the bronze at the World Cup,
Thompson placed second at the Cerrod
Pelado International and was the Dave
Schultz Memorial International Champion.
|The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame museum is located in the Cresco
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|The Class of 2012
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and more photos
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