National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dick Briggs- Jefferson High School, Cedar Rapids

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Dick Briggs

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Dick Briggs- Jefferson High School, Cedar Rapids

Dick became Jefferson Cedar Rapids’ sixth coach in 1983. Dick served as the head coach from 1983-2016. He was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, attending Cleveland and Roosevelt before becoming a J-Hawk in 1971. He wrestled behind highly successful Gary Bentrim for his sophomore and junior year. As a senior, he slid into the lineup at 138 lbs. and secured a fourth-place finish at the State Tournament.

There was no question where Dick would go to school. His brother Don was an assistant coach under Chuck Patten at the University of Northern Iowa. Dick was in the varsity lineup as a freshman at 158 lbs. He helped his teammates to a national title in his rookie season, and often times weighed-in with all of his clothes on.

During his junior year, Dick wrestled at 150 lbs. and worked his way to a fourth-place finish in the Division II National Tournament. As a senior, he earned a third-place finish at the same weight.

Dick earned his BA degree in Industrial Arts and Technology Education and Physical Education, graduating in 1978. He moved to Colorado and began work on his graduate degree and serving as an assistant coach at Western State College of Colorado. He moved on to coach at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids for a three-year stint. In 1983 Tim Fowler stepped down and Dick moved back to the west side of town.

In his 33 years as head coach at Jefferson, Dick won 7 MVC titles and 10 State team trophies 1-3 and has accumulated a 272-164-2 record. At Jefferson, he coached 150 state qualifiers, 57 state medal winners and 10 state champions. During one six-year term, his team finished in the top seven each year. In 1990 his team was edged out by one point by Dowling. They had seven place winners that year with two champions.

Dick and his wife Susan have a son, Kyle and a daughter, Lauren. He has an intense love for skydiving and flying. Boston Terriers, the Cubs, mushrooming and attending the NCAA Division I National Wrestling Tournament.