Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling

Our History

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HAWKEYE WRESTLING CLUB History
Our Goal

Our Past

Speaks

For Itself

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club Exists to promote wrestling in Iowa and America by producing honorable elite level athletes through high level wrestling opportunities.

There are very few who can deny the sense of pride felt when one of our nation’s athletes stands atop the podium on the world stage, with a gold medal draped around his neck. Especially when it’s a homegrown talent from the state of Iowa.

HAWKEYE WRESTLING CLUB History
About Us
We All Start
Somewhere

Since its inception in 1973, the focus of Hawkeye Wrestling Club has always been to provide the training, coaching and resources necessary to help our athletes pursue their dreams of becoming World and Olympic Champions. The money raised through the HWC goes directly to benefit the athletes helping with living expenses, training and traveling needs. Maybe the most important aspect of the HWC is its pursuit in trying to get the best post-collegiate athletes to train with the HWC together in Iowa City to attain the ultimate prize in wrestling… World and Olympic gold medals.

With this goal, Hawkeye Wrestling Club has played an important role in the dominance of Iowa Wrestling. By no coincidence, the Iowa wrestling team started its string of 25 Big Ten titles in 1974. The HWC has had 14 Olympians, of which four have won gold medals–and that number is sure to rise.

Of course the success on the wrestling mats wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of many. Be part of something special. Find out how you can help our athletes pursue their Olympic dreams.

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HWC
Legends

University of Iowa Coach

E.G. Schroeder

(1910 - 1915)

University of Iowa Coach

Pat Wright

(1915 - 1920)

University of Iowa Coach

Mike Howard

(1921 - 1952)

University of Iowa Coach

Dave McCuskey

(1952 - 1972)

University of Iowa Coach

Gary Kurdelmeier

(1972 - 1976)

University of Iowa Coach

Dan Gable

(1976 - 1997)

University of Iowa Coach

Jim Zalesky

(1997 - 2006)

University of Iowa Coach

Tom Brands

(2006 - Present)

HWC Coach

Mike Duroe

HWC Coach

Daniel Dennis

HWC Coach

Mark Perry Jr.

Hall of Fame Member

Mike Duroe
  • 2018 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Iowa

Hall of Fame Member

Joel Sharratt
  • 2022 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Jay Borschel
  • 2022 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Luke Moffitt
  • 2022 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Trizzino Family
  • 2022 Bowlsby Family Legacy Award

Hall of Fame Member

Troy Steiner
  • 2013 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Dan Holm
  • 2010 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

1997 Iowa Team
  • 2015 Glen Brand Team Award

Hall of Fame Member

1991-92 Iowa Teams
  • 2021 Glen Brand Team Award

Hall of Fame Member

Happel Family
  • 2021 Bowlsby Family Legacy Award

Hall of Fame Member

Schwab Family
  • 2019 Bowlsby Family Legacy Award

Hall of Fame Member

Banach Family
  • 2018 Bowlsby Family Legacy Award

Hall of Fame Member

Huff Family
  • 2013 Bowlsby Family Legacy Award

Hall of Fame Member

Spencer Lee
  • 2017 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – Northeast, Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame Member

Nick Moore
  • 2010 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – Iowa

Hall of Fame Member

Tony Ramos
  • 2009 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – Illinois

Hall of Fame Member

Matt McDonough
  • 2008 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – Iowa

Hall of Fame Member

Brent Metcalf
  • 2005 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – Midwest, Michigan
  • 2019 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Mark Perry Jr.
  • 2016 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Steve Mocco
  • 2001 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – National, Northeast, New Jersey
  • 2019 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

T.J. Williams
  • 2016 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Joe Williams
  • 2003 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Doug Schwab
  • 2011 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Daryl Weber
  • 2020 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Eric Juergens
  • 1996 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – Iowa
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Mike Zadick
  • 1997 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award – Montana
  • 2015 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Jeff McGinness
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Bill Zadick
  • 2011 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2021 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

Mark Ironside
  • 2005 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Lincoln McIlravy
  • 2003 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2010 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

Jim Heffernan
  • 2006 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Terry Steiner
  • 2013 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Mark Reiland
  • 2010 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2019 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Iowa Chapter

Hall of Fame Member

Royce Alger
  • 2004 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Duane Goldman
  • 2008 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2016 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Colorado Chapter

Hall of Fame Member

Kevin Dresser
  • 2013 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Virginia Chapter
  • 2018 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Pete Bush
  • 2014 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fam

Hall of Fame Member

Greg Randall
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Brad Penrith
  • 2005 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Barry Davis
  • 2003 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2007 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

Randy Lewis
  • 1998 Distinguished Member
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Bruce Kinseth
  • 2006 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

John Bowlsby
  • 2018 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Lou Banach
  • 1994 Distinguished Member
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Ed Banach
  • 1993 Distinguished Member
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Brad Smith
  • 2004 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2012 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Iowa Chapter
  • 2018 Bob Siddens Iowa High School Coaching Excellence Award

Hall of Fame Member

Chris Campbell
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2005 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

Chuck Yagla
  • 2004 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2009 Meritorious Official
  • 2017 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

Steve Combs
  • 1985 Distinguished Member
  • 2011 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Illinois Chapter

Hall of Fame Member

Sherwyn Thorson
  • 2007 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Terry McCann
  • 1977 Distinguished Member
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2015 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Illinois Chapter

Hall of Fame Member

Major General Kenneth Leuer
  • 2002 Outstanding American
  • 2006 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Jim Criag
  • 2004 Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Illinois Chapter
  • 2009 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Simon Roberts
  • 2007 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Joe Scarpello
  • 2003 George Tragos and Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Inductee
  • 2011 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Dave McCuskey
  • 1976 Distinguished Member
  • 2003 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Gary Kurdelmeier
  • 2000 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2003 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

Dan Gable
  • 1980 Distinguished Member
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Member

Jim Zalesky
  • 2003 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2004 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

Terry Brands
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2006 Distinguished Member

Hall of Fame Member

Tom Brands
  • 2001 Distinguished Member
  • 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame

OLYMPIAN

Thomas Gilman
  • 2020 Tokyo Games Bronze Medalist (125.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Daniel Dennis
  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games (125.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Leslie Beers
  • 1928 Amsterdam Games (A) (158.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Steve Mocco
  • 2008 Beijing Games (264.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Joe Williams
  • 2004 Athens Game (163lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Doug Schwab
  • 2008 Beijing Games (145.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Mike Zadick
  • 2008 Beijing Games (132lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Lincoln McIlravy
  • 2000 Sydney Games Bronze Medalist (152lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Barry Davis
  • 1984 Los Angeles Games Silver Medalist (125.5lbs)
  • 1988 Seoul Games (125.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Randy Lewis
  • 1980 Moscow Games (136.5lbs)
  • 1984 Los Angeles Games Gold Medalist (136.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Lou Banach
  • 1984 Los Angeles Games Gold Medalist (220lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Ed Banach
  • 1984 Los Angeles Games Gold Medalist (198lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Chris Campbell
  • 1980 Moscow Games (180.5lbs)
  • 1992 Barcelona Games Bronze Medalist (198lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Chuck Yagla
  • 1980 Moscow Games (149.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Steve Combs
  • 1968 Mexico City Games (171.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Terry McCann
  • 1960 Rome Games Gold Medalist (125.5lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Joe Scarpello
  • 1948 London Games (A) (174lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Terry Brands
  • 2000 Sydney Games Bronze Medalist (127.75lbs)

OLYMPIAN

Tom Brands
  • 1996 Atlanta Games Gold Medalist (136.5lbs)

World Team Member

John Oostendorp
  • 1995 Prague, Czech Republic

World Team Member

Joe Melchiore
  • 1990 Tokyo, Japan

World Team Member

Thomas Gilman
  • 2017 Paris, France (S)
  • 2018 Budapest, Hungary
  • 2021 Oslo, Norway (G)

World Team Member

Tony Ramos
  • 2014 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada

World Team Member

Brent Metcalf
  • 2010 Moscow, Russia
  • 2013 Budapest, Hungary
  • 2014 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada

World Team Member

Joe Williams
  • 1999 Ankara, Turkey
  • 2001 Sofia, Bulgaria (B)
  • 2002 Tehran, Iran
  • 2003 New York, United States
  • 2005 Budapest, Hungary (B)
  • 2007 Baku, Azerbaijan

World Team Member

Doug Schwab
  • 2007 Baku, Azerbaijan

World Team Member

Mike Zadick
  • 2006 Guangzhou, China (S)
  • 2007 Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 2010 Moscow, Russia

World Team Member

Bill Zadick
  • 2001 Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2006 Guangzhou, China (G)

World Team Member

Lincoln McIlravy
  • 1997 Krasnoyarsk, Russia
  • 1998 Tehran, Iran (B)
  • 1999 Ankara, Turkey (S)

World Team Member

Royce Alger
  • 1990 Tokyo, Japan (S)

World Team Member

Brad Penrith
  • 1989 Martigny, Switzerland
  • 1991 Varna, Bulgaria (S)

World Team Member

Barry Davis
  • 1983 Kiev, Soviet Union
  • 1986 Budapest, Hungary (B)
  • 1987 Clermont-Ferrand, France (S)

World Team Member

Randy Lewis
  • 1978 Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1982 Edmonton, Canada

World Team Member

John Bowlsby
  • 1974 Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1977 Lausanne, Switzerland

World Team Member

Ed Banach
  • 1983 Kiev, Soviet Union

World Team Member

Chris Campbell
  • 1977 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1981 Skopljie, Yugoslavia (G)
  • 1990 Tokyo, Japan (S)
  • 1991  Varna, Bulgaria

World Team Member

Chuck Yagla
  • 1977 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1979 San Diego, United States

World Team Member

Terry Brands
  • 1993 Toronto, Canada (G)
  • 1994 Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1995 Atlanta, United States (G)

World Team Member

Tom Brands
  • 1993 Toronto, Canada (G)
  • 1994 Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1995 Atlanta, United States

Claim Your Place On the Podium

After half a century of unparalleled victory, we want to make sure each and every one of our champions gets recognized.  If you or someone you know grabbed the gold or stood out from the crowd in the name of Hawkeye Wrestling, enter their information below, and we’ll add their name to our history of legends.

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