TORONTO (March 6, 2018) – Lanny McDonald, Chairman of the Board of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today the appointment of a new member to the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee commencing with the 2018 nomination and election proceedings.  NBC hockey analyst, Pierre McGuire, will replace Scotty Bowman whose 15 year term limit concluded on December 31, 2017 after serving on the Selection Committee since 2003.

“I am very pleased to welcome Pierre to the Selection Committee, as he brings a wealth of knowledge that will complement the Committee’s deliberations in recognition of excellence in the game of hockey”, said McDonald.  “I also extend our utmost appreciation and gratitude to Scotty for his distinguished service and outstanding contributions to the Selection Committee.  Scotty’s incredible understanding and perspective of the game has been a tremendous resource throughout his tenure.”

“To receive a call from Lanny McDonald asking me to accept a position on the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee is something I never thought was possible”, said McGuire.  “I am honoured and excited to know that I will be a part of this amazing group of hockey people whose mandate is to uphold the Hall’s standards of excellence in the process of celebrating the game’s greatest players, builders and officials.”

“I would like to thank the Hockey Hall of Fame for allowing me to participate on the Selection Committee for the past 15 years, which I have enjoyed immensely”, said Bowman.  “It has been a privilege for me to be associated with so many excellent hockey people and to play a contributing role in the selections for hockey’s highest level of career achievement.”  

In addition to the new appointment, David Branch (President, Canadian Hockey League), Brian Burke (President of Hockey Operations, Calgary Flames Hockey Club), Marc de Foy (2010 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award Recipient), Mike Gartner (Honoured Member/Class of 2001) and Anders Hedberg (IIHF Hall of Fame/Class of 1997) were each re-appointed to the Selection Committee for a further three-year term expiring December 31, 2020.

On a separate subject matter, 2018 is a momentous year for the Hockey Hall of Fame as it will commemorate 75 years since its inception on September 10, 1943 and 25 years since opening its destination attraction at BCE Place (now Brookfield Place) on June 18, 1993.

In view of these significant milestone anniversaries, the Hockey Hall of Fame launched the “75/25” inaugural endowment fundraising campaign with the goal of contributing $1,000,000 in net proceeds from the Hockey Hall of Fame 75/25 Anniversary Legends Gala, the marquee event and focal point of the campaign to be held at historic Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on Monday, June 25, 2018.

To achieve this fundraising goal, individuals and businesses can become Founding Members of the newly established Hockey Hall of Fame Development and Preservation Fund.  Up to 75 Founding Members each making a one-time contribution of $25,000 will receive (among other benefits) tickets to attend the “Legends Gala” in the presence of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s fraternity of Honoured Members and other special guests and entertainers.   Plans are also shaping up for various “75/25” themed promotional activities at the Hockey Hall of Fame, from June 18, 2018 to September 10, 2018, and a commemorative coffee table book titled “THE HALL” will be published by Montreal-based Griffintown Media for release in fall 2018.

The day after the “Legends Gala”, on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, the Selection Committee will meet to consider duly nominated candidates for election into Honoured Membership.  The announcement of the Class of 2018 will be made later that day at 3:00 PM and the annual Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018.



(as appointed November 14, 2017)


John Davidson, Chairman                           Dublin, Ohio

Jim Gregory, Chairman Emeritus                Toronto, Ontario

David Branch                                               Toronto, Ontario

Brian Burke                                                  Calgary, Alberta

Colin Campbell                                            Toronto, Ontario

Bob Clarke                                                   Ocean City, New Jersey

Marc de Foy                                                 Longueuil, Quebec

Eric Duhatschek                                           Calgary, Alberta

Michael Farber                                             Verdun, Quebec

Ron Francis                                                  Raleigh, North Carolina

Mike Gartner                                                Richmond Hill, Ontario

Anders Hedberg                                          Stockholm, Sweden

Jari Kurri                                                       Espoo, Finland

Igor Larionov                                               Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Pierre McGuire                                            New Canaan, Connecticut

Bob McKenzie                                             Toronto, Ontario

David Poile                                                  Nashville, Tennessee

Luc Robitaille                                              Santa Monica, California

Bill Torrey                                                    West Palm Beach, Florida



Former All-Pro football guard Conrad Dobler, gold medal winning swimmer Rachel Komisarz-Baugh, retired basketball player and current University of Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak and national golf long drive champion Evan “Big Cat” Williams have been elected into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame for 2018.

The 46th Annual Induction Banquet will be Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, Michigan.  Tickets for the banquet, which begins at 5:30 pm., are $125 and can be ordered by calling (313) 407-3300.  Information on the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame is available at

Conrad Dobler played college football at Wyoming from 1968-71 where he starred as an offensive tackle in his second and third years and then played at defensive end his senior season.  Named to the all-conference and all-academic team, he was taken in the 1972 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th round.  Dobler played with the Cardinals (1972-77), New Orleans Saints (1978-79) and the Buffalo Bills (1980-81).  Playing at right offensive guard, he started every game but four in his 10-year career.   For six of his NFL years, the offensive lines anchored by Dobler led the league in fewest sack allowed.  The 1975 Cardinals set the NFL record for fewest sacks in a season by only allowing only eight the entire year.  Dobler was selected for three consecutive Pro-Bowls in 1975, 1976 and 1977.

Rachel Komisarz-Baugh was a three-time Southeastern Conference champion and a seven-time NCAA All-American swimmer at the University of Louisville from 1996-1999.  Swimming freestyle and butterfly, she was named SEC swimmer of the year in 1999.  Komisarz-Baugh was a member of the U.S. National team that won two Olympic medals and 13 World Championship medals.  In the 2004 summer Olympics, she won a gold medal in the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay, and a silver medal in the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay.  In the 2003, 2004 and 2005 World Championships, Komisarz-Baugh won Gold medals in the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay, and in the 2008 World Championship, she won a Gold medal in the women’s 4×100-meter medley.

Larry Krystkowiak played basketball at the University of Montana where he still holds the school career records for points and rebounds. The 6’9” forward was named conference MVP three times (1984-86) and was a two-time Academic All-American.  Krystkowiak was selected by the Chicago Bulls as the 28th pick in the ’86 draft. He played nine seasons in the NBA with the Spurs, Bucks, Jazz, Magic, Bulls and Lakers where he averaged eight points and five rebounds per game. After his playing days, Krystkowiak coached Montana to two conference tourney championships and two NCAA tournament appearances. He joined the NBA coaching ranks as an assistant with the Bucks before being elevated to head coach in 2007.  Krystkowiak is currently in his seventh season as head coach at the University of Utah.

Evan “Big Cat” Williams is credited by many with creating visibility for long drive competitions, putting the sport on the map by virtue of his back-to-back U.S. National Long Drive Championship titles in 1976 and 1977.  With a blast of 353 yards, he defeated, among others, Jim Dent, considered the longest driver on the PGA tour.  His winning drive stayed on the books as the championship record for 18 years.  Big Cat brought long drive competitions to the forefront of sports with exhibitions in 26 countries.  Over the years, Williams won national long drive titles in the United States, Australia and Bermuda.


The National Wrestling Hall of Fame announced that it has hired Steven Jastrabek as a Development Officer. He will be responsible for fundraising with a primary focus on major gifts and corporate sponsorships.

“Steven possesses not only knowledge and experience in fundraising, but also with the sport of wrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame,” said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. “He has a sincere passion for philanthropy and will help us to engage those people who want to support an organization that is making a lasting impact on wrestling and society.”

Per the organization’s bylaws, Jastrabek will resign from the Hall of Fame’s Board of Governors, having been appointed in March of 2017. He served as president of the Hall of Fame’s New Jersey Chapter for four years from 2014-2017, and was honored as its Outstanding American in 2017.

“I believe that wrestling is the best sport out there for young kids,” said Jastrabek. “The individual attention, dedication and sacrifice this sport requires will positively shape the rest of your life. To be a part of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s mission of preserving, recognizing and inspiring future generations is an honor.”

Jastrabek was instrumental in fundraising for the United States Olympic wrestling team in 2000. He founded the New Jersey Night of Champions program, which raised more than $1 million for amateur wrestling in 2004, and serves as executive director of the Night of Legends Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for amateur wrestling.

He wrestled for Pope John High School in Sparta Township, New Jersey, and finished third in the state championships in 1978. He was captain of the post graduate wrestling team at Blair Academy and won the national prep championship in 1979. Steven wrestled at Clarion State University from 1980-82, compiling a 32-7 career record, and he won a senior open freestyle championship in 1987. He tried out for the Olympic team in 1988, but did not make the team.

Jastrabek credits wrestling for giving him the confidence to build a celebrity clientele at his Steven John Salons in Bernardsville, New Jersey. He was considered one of the best hairstylists in the world, and selected him to its All-Time Hall of Fame hairstylist list.

Jastrabek will work in association with Mike Doughty, who has been a Development Officer with the Hall of Fame since 2013. Doughty’s primary focus has been the Wrestling Beyond the Walls Dan Gable Museum Capital Campaign, a $1.5 million project that will transform the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, into a state-of-the-art museum with interactive displays. It will also expand the facility’s wrestling room, teaching center and theater, providing more opportunities for youth wrestlers to practice and receive instruction.




CANTON, OHIO – The Pro Football Hall of Fame was today named the Best
Attraction for Sports Fans in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award
contest. The Pro Football Hall of Fame was one of 20 nominees in the category.
Nominees were chosen by a panel of relevant experts and online voting was open to
the public for four weeks at

The Hall of Fame, also voted the Top Tourist Attraction in Ohio through a fan poll in
May 2015, attracts guests from across the United States and the world. Regarded as
“The Most Inspiring Place on Earth!” the Hall of Fame represents its sport in many
entertaining ways. The Hall continually enhances its exhibits to provide guests with an
immersive and experiential visit built around the important mission to “Honor the
Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values and Celebrate Excellence

“We thank fans throughout the country for recognizing our institution as the Best
Attraction for Sports Fans,” stated President & CEO David Baker. “This sport’s
popularity is not only because of the excitement and talent that is displayed on the
football field but also the values and life lessons this Game teaches.”

The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened its doors more than a half century ago. From its humble beginnings in 1963 to today, the Hall of Fame has grown in both size and stature. Recognized worldwide as America’s premier sports Hall of Fame, it reaches tens of millions of football fans each year through broad outreach such as national televised events, an in-depth website, educational and youth programs, social media, traveling exhibits, and special events held around the country. provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site’s uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. averages 5 million visitors per month. It was acquired by USA TODAY in January of 2013. More about the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest can be found at:


New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is known for strolling the sidelines donning the latest hoodie of choice. Depending on the weather, that hoodie might even have the sleeves trimmed. Legendary Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry was well-known for the fedora perched atop his head.

While their attire might differ dramatically, their stoic sideline demeanor and their ability to win football games forever links the two. When the Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders, 33-8, in Mexico City on Nov. 19, 2017, Belichick moved passed the Pro Football Hall of Fame coach on the league’s all-time wins list with 271.

Only two head coaches in history have won more games than Belichick. Don Shula is No. 1 with 347 wins while coaching the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins, and George Halas is second with 324 victories as the Bears legendary leader.

Milestone wins have become a regular occurrence for Belichick, but moving into the top three is a different echelon.

The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon has a number of Belichick milestone-related artifacts on display, but acquired the only pair of his game-worn shoes it has in its collection following win 271.

“I believe that Coach Belichick understands the importance of preserving historical milestones even if that’s hardly his focus while he is still coaching,” Hall executive director Bryan Morry said. “He has been helpful with our requests over the years. We have some of his sweatshirts and headsets from some of the team’s biggest wins in which he has coached, but he donated his sneakers from win 271 at our request so we are grateful for that.

“He doesn’t talk much about personal accomplishments because he is focused on getting the team ready for the next game,” Morry added. “That focus is probably why he has won so many games. Passing Coach Landry to move into third on the all-time wins list is a remarkable feat. He always credits the players for the success as one might expect, but we are fortunate to be witnessing one of the greatest coaches the game has ever known. We are excited to not only watch him coach, but to be able to preserve his place in football history in the process.”


Derby Academy’s Kathleen Malone has been named The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon Massachusetts STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Teacher of the Year. She was honored at the 2017 Massachusetts STEM Summit on Nov. 14 at Worcester’s DCU Center and her school in Hingham, Mass., received $5,000 to be used for STEM education.

“It is such an incredible honor to be named The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year,” said Malone, who lives in Norwell. “Thank you to Robert Kraft, the Kraft family and to Raytheon for their continued commitment to STEM education in Massachusetts and their support of STEM programs at Derby Academy.”

Malone launched her teaching career in Massachusetts five years ago. She has been at Derby Academy for three years, where she teaches math, engineering design, and STEM projects in the Middle and Upper Schools. Last year, she developed the Grade 5 projects course with a focus on authentic project-based STEM applications. She serves on the interdisciplinary planning committee, and as a trip leader for Derby’s annual experiential learning trip, bringing earth science scholars to Acadia National Park for the past two years as citizen scientists. She founded and coaches the School’s math team and expanded Derby Academy’s Math Club, earning Gold Level recognition through the MathCounts National Program. Malone established an annual “Math Club Read-Aloud” event in Derby’s Primary and Lower Schools, as well as an annual Family Math Night for Grades 4-8. She established and facilitates an annual Evening of Engineering for Grade 6 students and their families. Malone was recently awarded the 2016 Pre-College Educator Award by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers for the work she has done guiding her students through the engineering design process and connecting their classwork to the industry.

She has been integral to the advancement of STEM programming at Derby, especially as it relates to computational and design thinking, delivering tailored coding, mobile computing, and robotics challenges to her students. Malone volunteers at several outreach events aimed toward bridging the gender divide and encouraging girls to pursue STEM fields, such as the Project CSGIRLS Boston Girls in Tech Program at Boston University. In addition, she leads STEAM workshops for her local community and oversees the planning and execution of a weeklong STEM summer camp.

“Enthusiasm and collaboration are the defining characteristics I try to bring to the classroom every day at Derby,” Malone said. “Those characteristics support, enhance and help promote what I believe to be three main pillars of an effective STEM Program – student engagement, community networks and professional development. The nucleus of our programming at Derby Academy is the collaboration among our dynamic team of educators. By collaborating to provide early exposure to the design process and supporting students as they adopt failure as an integral part of the learning process, we foster confident and resilient STEM problem solvers.”

“Developing relationships with my students is critical to my work,” Malone shared. “I use my students’ interests as a catalyst for exploration. In return, it is the students who inspire me.”

Bryan Morry, The Hall’s executive director, congratulated Malone for being named The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon Massachusetts 2017 STEM Teacher of the Year.

“Kathleen’s passion for STEM is so obvious and while she is an innovative classroom teacher who inspires her students, she also works tirelessly beyond the classroom with extra-curricular activities that promote STEM through different grade levels at Derby Academy,” Morry said. “She has an impact at all levels –from her students and their families, to her peers and other professionals. We are thrilled to honor her with this year’s Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year award.”

Malone was chosen from a group of five finalists. The other four teachers’ schools will each receive $1,000 for STEM education courtesy of Raytheon.

Those teachers are:

  • Kerri Chartier – Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
  • Rebecca Colo – Longsjo Middle School in Fitchburg
  • Jacqueline Prester – Mansfield High School
  • Robert Smith – Pike School in Andover

“Choosing a winner from among the finalists is always painstakingly difficult,” Morry said. “All of the finalists are impressive and committed to their students and to STEM education. Congratulations to all of them for being a finalist and earning consideration for this honor in 2017. All will be recognized at the STEM Summit in November.”

Morry also thanked fellow selection committee members Blair Brown, who directs the governor’s STEM Advisory Council, along with Allison Scheff and Keith Connors from the Department of Higher Education, and Katie Cross, The Hall’s education coordinator, for their work in selecting this year’s STEM Teacher of the Year.

“Each of these individuals has shown a tremendous commitment to honoring excellence in STEM education and recognizing and supporting some of the best educators in the state,” Morry said. “We could not select a teacher of the year without their commitment, time and energy to this program.”


The Hall launched the STEM Teacher of the Year program in October of 2012 when Robert Kraft announced the initiative at the Massachusetts STEM Summit held that year at Gillette Stadium. Malone is the fifth recipient of the award. Kelly Powers from the Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School was the inaugural winner in 2013. Other past winners include Doug Scott from Natick High School in 2014, Kerry Murphy from Oliver Ames High School in 2015 and David Mangus from Brockton High School in 2016. The STEM Teacher of the Year award is part of The Hall’s education program, which offers students in grades 4-12 standards-based educational modules in a fun, entertaining setting. The Hall hosts more than 18,000 school field trip visitors annually.


The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is the crown jewel of Patriot Place and the only sports and education experience of its kind. Through a dazzling array of interactive multimedia exhibits and artifacts never before viewable by the public, The Hall showcases the tradition of the New England Patriots, explores the history of football in New England and promotes math and science education for thousands of schoolchildren each year. The Hall’s signature exhibit and premier photo opportunity is The Super Bowl Experience. Visitors to the interactive exhibit can re-live each of the team’s four Super Bowl championships, view the four Vince Lombardi Trophies and Super Bowl championship rings and re-enact Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl XLIX game-winning interception. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit, visit “The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon” on Facebook or follow @TheHall on Twitter.

ABOUT DERBY ACADEMY: Founded in 1784, Derby Academy is an independent, co-educational day school for grades Pre-K through 8 located in Hingham, MA.

The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame inducted 12 new legends at a Nov. 1, 2017 ceremony at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

This year’s class included:

  • Charles Daniels (D) Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist
  • Danny DiLiberto World Champion Billiards Player & Pro Boxer
  • Sandra Hollander (D) Buffalo State Softball Coach
  • Willie “Hutch” Jones Basketball Player – Bishop Turner, Vanderbilt & NBA
  • Mike Keiser World Renowned Golf Course Developer
  • J. McGuire(D) NHL Hockey Administrator, Coach
  • Charles O’Brien WNY HS Volleyball Coach and Pioneer
  • Danny Ozark (D) Major League Baseball Manager
  • Vaughn Parker Football Player, St. Joe’s Collegiate, UCLA & NFL
  • Michael Peca Buffalo Sabres Hockey Player
  • Stacey Schroeder-Watt Shot & Discus Record Holder & NCAA All-American
  • Tom Terhaar Award Winning Olympic Rowing Coach


STILLWATER, Okla. – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame announced on Thursday that the Class of 2018 inductees are Distinguished Members Stephen Abas, Lee Allen, Henry Cejudo and Kristie Davis, Meritorious Official Gary Kessel, Order of Merit recipient Nancy Schultz Vitangeli, and Medal of Courage recipient James McCloughan. Allen will be inducted posthumously as he passed away in 2012 at the age of 77.

The Hall of Fame will announce its Outstanding American honoree at a later date.

Davis becomes only the second woman to be inducted as a Distinguished Member, joining four-time World Champion and women’s wrestling pioneer Tricia Saunders, who was inducted in 2006. Saunders is the namesake of the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding high school senior girls for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

“The Class of 2018 is an amazing group of people who have made a tremendous and extremely positive impact on our sport,” said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. “We are excited to be inducting our second female Distinguished Member, Kristie Davis, and to recognize Lee Allen, who played a significant role in the development and growth of women’s wrestling. We are so excited to honor another group that has not only contributed to our sport, but who embodies what wrestling can do to help you excel in life.”

The Hall of Fame Board of Governors approved the selections at its meeting in Kansas City on Oct. 18. The induction ceremony will be held at the 42nd Annual Honors Weekend on June 1-2, 2018 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. For more information on Honors Weekend, please telephone (405) 377-5243.

Abas, Cejudo and Davis were chosen as Distinguished Members for the Modern Era while Allen was selected by the Veterans Committee. The Hall of Fame has inducted 188 Distinguished Members since it began in 1976.

Distinguished Members can be a wrestler who has achieved extraordinary success in national and/or international competition; a coach who has demonstrated great leadership in the profession and who has compiled an outstanding record; or a contributor whose long-term activities have substantially enhanced the development and advancement of the sport. 


Stephen Abas was a three-time NCAA Division I national champion and a four-time All-American for Fresno State University, winning titles in 1999, 2001 and 2002 after finishing fourth as a freshman in 1998. He won a silver medal at the Olympics in 2004 and competed in the World Championships in 2001 and 2003. He was also qualified for the World Championships in 2002, but the United States did not compete. Abas was named to the NCAA’s 75th Anniversary Wrestling Team in 2005 in the lightweight division, along with current Distinguished Members Tom Brands (2001), Dan Gable (1980), John Smith (1997) and Yojiro Uetake Obata (1980). He had a career college record of 144-4-0 and did not lose a match at 125 pounds. Abas concluded his college career with 95 consecutive wins, including a 35-0 record as a senior and a 34-0 record as a junior, while setting the school record for career wins with 144 wins and career winning percentage with 97.3 percent. He was named the Fresno State Male Athlete of the Year in 1999 and 2001, and is currently the freestyle coach at the Valley Region Training Center in Fresno, California. 


Lee Allen was one of only four wrestlers to represent the United States at the Olympics in both freestyle and Greco-Roman, competing in freestyle in 1956 and finishing eighth in Greco-Roman in 1960. He was a member of the first United States team to compete in the World Championships, placing sixth in freestyle in 1961. Allen was a four-time undefeated Oregon state champion for Sandy High School in Sandy, Oregon, and competed in college for the University of Oregon. Allen was the head coach of the 1980 Olympic Greco-Roman team, which did not compete in the Olympics in Moscow, Soviet Union, because of the U.S. government boycott of the Games. He was an assistant coach for the United States Greco-Roman team at the Olympics in 1972 and 1976. He was head coach of four United States Greco-Roman teams at the World Championships in 1973, 1977, 1978 and 1979. The 1979 team finished fourth with three individual medalists, which was one of the best Greco-Roman performances of the time period. Allen and his wife, Joan Fulp, were instrumental in the development and growth of women’s wrestling in California and the United States. He led the men’s wrestling program at Skyline College in California for 32 years while incorporating a women’s program. His San Francisco Peninsula Grapplers women’s team won the senior national championships in 1997 and 1999. Allen was head coach of the women’s wrestling team at Menlo College in California from 2001 to 2010 where he coached both of his daughters, Sara Fulp-Allen Bahoura and Katherine Fulp-Allen Shai. Sara was the first three-time women’s college national champion, and an injury prevented her from competing as a senior to try and become the first four-time champion. Katherine was a World University champion and five-time national team member. Lee received the Lifetime Service to Wrestling award from the Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2011 and from the California Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013. He is a member of the AAU Hall of Fame, the San Mateo County Sport Hall of Fame, Skyline College Hall of Fame, California Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Portland State University Hall of Fame. 


Henry Cejudo was 21 years old when he won a gold medal at the Olympics in 2008, becoming the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in United States history. Kyle Snyder broke Cejudo’s record in 2016 when he captured a gold medal at the Olympics as a 20 year old. Cejudo won the Pan American Championships three times, and competed in the World Championships in 2007. Cejudo was a two-time U.S. Open champion, who became the first high school wrestler to win the U.S. Nationals in freestyle since USA Wrestling became the sport’s national governing body in 1983. He won a pair of state high school championships in Arizona before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to become a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He won Colorado state high school championships as a junior and senior, and was named ASICS National High School Wrestler of the Year in 2006. Cejudo is currently competing in mixed martial arts and is the UFC’s No. 2 ranked flyweight. 


Kristie Davis has won nine World medals which ties her with Bruce Baumgartner for the most World medals in United States history. The Albany, New York native holds the American records in women’s freestyle for most world teams, most medals, and most finals appearances. Davis competed in 10 World Championships and was a seven-time finalist, winning gold medals in 2000 and 2003 and silver medals in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2007. She captured bronze medals in 2002 and 2006. Davis helped the United States capture the World Championship team title in 1999, which is the first and only American women’s team to accomplish the feat. She was named Women’s Wrestler of the Year by USA Wrestling five times (1998, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2007), which is more than any other wrestler since the award began in 1993. Davis was a nine-time U.S. Open champion who competed in four Olympic Trials, placing second once and third twice. She was a four-time University Nationals champion, and won two Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association national championships for Oklahoma City University. Davis also competed as Kristie Stenglein, which is her maiden name, and as Kristie Marano, which was her first married name. She was named co-head women’s wrestling coach at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia, on Monday, where she will be working alongside her husband, Link Davis.


The Meritorious Official award recognizes outstanding service as a referee, judge, or pairing official.


In 40 years of officiating, Gary Kessel has refereed 16 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, including 12 finals, and eight NCAA Division III Championships, including eight finals. He has officiated 21 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association championships and 18 Virginia Duals while also refereeing nine National Duals and four National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star matches. Kessel has also refereed 39 New Jersey state high school wrestling championships, including 11 finals, and has officiated 15 national high school tournaments. He has been president of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Officials Association, the oldest and largest wrestling organization in the country, since 2010, and has worked as a rules interpreter for the state of New Jersey and the Eastern Wrestling League. He serves as the secretary/treasurer for the National Wrestling Officials Association and also chairs the organization’s education committee while also serving on the executive board of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Kessel was honored as the New Jersey Official of the Year in 2007 and received the Richard Mirshak award for dedication, service and contributions to wrestling in 2015. He received the Vincent Russo Golden Whistle award in 2016 and was presented the Lifetime Service to Wrestling award from the New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2017. Kessel was inducted into the East Stroudsburg University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995, and is also a member of the Hopatcong, New Jersey, High School Hall of Fame.


The Medal of Courage recipient is a wrestler or former wrestler who has overcome what appear to be insurmountable challenges, providing inspiration to others.

In 1969 at the battle of Nui Yon Hill in Vietnam, combat medic and former wrestler James McCloughan risked his life repeatedly to save 10 fellow American soldiers. On July 31, 2017, McCloughan was awarded the Medal of Honor, the most prestigious personal military decoration, for his acts of bravery and valor on the battlefield while serving in the U.S. Army. With his company engaged in a battle, McCloughan ran 100 meters through an open field to rescue an injured soldier, carrying him back to the company and saving him from being captured or killed. McCloughan saw two more soldiers and ran to their aid. While checking them for wounds, a rocket-propelled grenade exploded and peppered him with shrapnel. Bleeding extensively, he returned to the kill zone four more times to find more wounded soldiers. The next day, another platoon was ambushed and their medic was killed, leaving McCloughan as the only medic in the company. McCloughan was wounded a second time by small arms fire and shrapnel while providing aid to two soldiers in an open rice paddy. He then volunteered to hold a blinking light in an open area as a marker for a nighttime supply drop, holding his prone position as bullets and RPGs flew over and around him. The next morning, he destroyed the RPG position with a grenade, while continuing to fight and care for wounded Americans. He finally collapsed from exhaustion and dehydration. McCloughan was a four-sport athlete at Bangor High School in Bangor, Michigan, and he wrestled and played football and baseball at Olivet College. He taught sociology and psychology at South Haven High School for 40 years, and also coached wrestling, football and baseball. He was also a wrestling official for the Michigan High School Athletic Association for 25 years. McCloughan is a member of the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.


The Order of Merit is presented to an individual that has made a significant contribution to the sport of wrestling, but who is not an athlete or a coach. 


Nancy Schultz Vitangeli has been involved in wrestling since meeting Dave Schultz when the two were attending the University of Oklahoma. They were married in 1982 and were together until 1996 when the Olympic and World champion was killed by John du Pont. Following his death, Schultz Vitangeli founded the Dave Schultz Wrestling Club which sponsored 20 displaced athletes from Team Foxcatcher, providing them with training and coaching resources through the 1996 Olympics. The Dave Schultz Wrestling Club continued until 2005 and trained athletes in men’s and women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman, including Olympic gold medalists and Distinguished Members Kurt Angle and Brandon Slay, Olympic bronze medalist Patricia Miranda, and two-time NCAA Champion, World Champion and Distinguished Member Stephen Neal. Schultz Vitangeli helped begin the Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, which annually hosts World and Olympic class athletes. She also helped create the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award in 1996, an award that is presented annually by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame to top high school wrestlers based on wrestling, scholastic achievement and citizenship. Schultz Vitangeli worked with ASICS to promote the Dave Schultz wrestling shoes, and helped facilitate the Dave Schultz video anthology series, featuring techniques used in competition by Dave from 1986 to 1995. She is a partner at RUDIS, a sports apparel company dedicated to the sport of wrestling and a preferred apparel provider for the Hall of Fame. Schultz Vitangeli is a Governor’s Associate for the Hall of Fame and an honorary board member for USA Wrestling, and served as honorary co-chairperson for “Wrestling for the Next Millennium,” a capital campaign designed to ensure that the oldest sport thrives in the 21st century and beyond. She served as executive producer for “Team Foxcatcher,” an Emmy Award nominated documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and became one of Netflix’s most popular selections. Schultz Vitangeli was a consultant on the Oscar nominated major motion picture “Foxcatcher” starring Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum and Steve Carrell. She was named Woman of the Year by USA Wrestling in 1998 and was co-chair of USA Wrestling’s Foundation Gala in 2016. Schultz Vitangeli was inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006 and received the Lifetime Service to Wrestling award from the California Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013.




National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum

America’s shrine to the sport of wrestling, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1976 to honor the sport of wrestling, preserve its history, recognize extraordinary individual achievements, and inspire future generations. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame has museums in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Waterloo, Iowa. The Stillwater, Oklahoma, location reopened in June 2016 following a $3.8 million renovation and now features interactive exhibits and electronic kiosks, as well as the opportunity to watch NCAA Championship matches from the 1930s to present day. It also has the John T. Vaughan Hall of Honors where the greatest names in wrestling are recognized, including iconic granite plaques presented to Distinguished Members since the Hall of Fame opened in 1976. The museum has the largest collection of wrestling artifacts and memorabilia in the world, including the most collegiate and Olympic wrestling uniforms. Wrestling truly is for everyone and the diversity and accessibility of the sport continues to be highlighted through exhibits featuring females, African Americans, Native Americans, and Latino Americans. There is also a library featuring historical documents, including NCAA guides and results, as well as books on the sport.

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