The 49th annual Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet will be held Monday, April 9, 2018. The banquet will be held at the Cresco Country Club with a 5:30 p.m. social followed by dinner and the induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
Established in 1971, The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame honors native-born Iowans who have contributed to amateur wrestling. Open to the public, the annual awards banquet is held the second Monday in April every year. A meetup session takes place at the Cresco Welcome Center in the afternoon prior to the banquet at the Cresco Country Club that evening.
For all you wrestling fans, this is the place to be. The banquet night will take place before the award night in June. At the awards night, Keith Massey will receive the Russ Smith Community Impact Award during the 2018 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa Inductions Banquet at Prairie Links Golf & Event Center in Waverly, Iowa, on Friday, June 8.
Massey is the impetus that turned western Iowa into a wrestling powerhouse. Through his youth wrestling club and as head coach of Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he has coached numerous state wrestling champions and college All-Americans. He led Lewis Central to traditional and dual state team titles in 2000 and 2001, and his 2001 team had an Iowa record six individual state champions.
Two of his athletes, Trent and Travis Paulson, were state champions, All-Americans at Iowa State Wrestling, members of U.S. freestyle World teams and inductees of the Glen Brand Hall of Fame in 2017. He started his career with the C.B. Panther Wrestling Club in 1989 and helped merge the club with High Voltage Wrestling Club to form Powerhouse Wrestling Club in 2015.