Wrestling legends from Iowa State and University of Iowa – including the entire 1997 Hawkeye wrestling squad – are among the honorees to be welcomed into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa next May, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum announced via email Tuesday.
The Class of 2015 includes Iowa State’s Rich Binek and Mike Mann, Iowa’s Mike Zadick, and the 1997 University of Iowa wrestling team, along with Rick Caldwell and Fred Cooper (posthumously). They will be honored in ceremonies May 30, 2015.
Rich Binek was a two-time All-American and an NCAA champion for Iowa State University. He won the NCAA wrestling tournament in 1973 and the Big Eight championships in 1972, both at 177 pounds. Binek was a state wrestling champion for West Waterloo High School in 1969 at 165 pounds. He also won the Junior World Tournament the same year.
Mike Mann was a four-time All-American for Iowa State, reaching the finals of the NCAA tournament at 190 pounds in 1982 and 1983. He was also a Big Eight champion in 1983 and a Midlands champion in 1981. The former Cyclone star compiled 113 wins during his collegiate career. Mann was a state wrestling champion for Marshalltown (1978) where he currently serves as the head wrestling coach.
Rick Caldwell was the head wrestling coach at Waverly-Shell Rock for 12 seasons (2000-2011). During his tenure the Go-Hawks won five traditional state team titles (2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011) and four state dual team titles (2005, 2008, 2009, and 2010). Caldwell’s 2008 team set the all-time record for points at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament at 225. He also coached his son, Cody, to three individual state wrestling championships (2009-2011).
Mike Zadick wrestled for Great Falls High School in Montana where he was a four-time state champion in four different weight classes (1994-1997). He went on to wrestle for the University of Iowa where he was a three-time All-American (2000-2002) as well as a Big Ten champion (2002). Zadick later earned a silver medal at the 2006 Freestyle World Championships at 132 pounds. He also made the 2008 Olympic team and was a member of World Championship teams in 2007 and 2010.
Fred Cooper coached Fort Dodge High School to nine Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships and eight runner-up teams in a span from the late 1920s through the early 1940s. Cooper also coached 28 individual state champions. He ranks third all-time on the list of coaches with the most state wrestling championships within the state of Iowa. Cooper died in 1947 at the age of 51.
The 1997 University of Iowa wrestling team will be inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling of Iowa. This is the third team to be inducted. The Hawkeyes won the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships team title that year with a record-setting performance at the UNI Dome on the campus of Northern Iowa. Iowa scored 170 points (the all-time record for points at an NCAA Division I wrestling tournament) with eight All-Americans, six finalists, and five NCAA champions. It was also the 15th and final championship of Dan Gable’s legendary coaching career. Gable retired after 21 seasons as head wrestling coach of the University of Iowa.
The starting line-up included Jessie Whitmer (118 pounds), Mike Mena (126), Mark Ironside (134), Kasey Gillis (142), Lincoln McIlravy (150), Joe Williams (158), Mike Uker (167), Tony Ersland (177), Lee Fullhart (190), and Wes Hand (275). Assistant coaches were Jim Zalesky, Tom Brands, and Terry Brands.
In addition, two special awards will also be given during the induction ceremony.
Jeff Voss will receive the Bob Siddens High School Coaching Excellence Award. Voss currently serves as the head wrestling coach at Iowa’s West Delaware High School, a position he has held since 1996.
The Russ Smith Community Impact Award will go to two sets of individuals: Joe and Julie Breitbach, for their work organizing the Desert Duals in Las Vegas, and the late Larry Hamilton, an avid supporter of wrestling at Northern Iowa and Wartburg College. Hamilton died on Jan. 25, 2014, leaving the Grand View wrestling tournament in Des Moines.
The Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa, located inside the Dan Gable Museum in downtown Waterloo, was established in 2002 to honor the people who have made an impact on the sport on a national level, or who have done extraordinary work in the state of Iowa. The Glen Brand Hall, named for the Iowa State wrestling champ and 1948 Olympic gold medalist (see photo), recognizes native-born Iowans, and those who achieved their fame while wrestling or coaching for an Iowa school.
A banquet honoring all inductees and award winners will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in nearby Cedar Falls, Iowa on Saturday, May 30, 2015. For more information contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.