Dan Gable Museum Gala October 24, 2015 Des Moines, Iowa, Airport Holiday Inn

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is in the middle of a capital campaign to renovate our museum.   Plans include an expanded and improved wrestling room and training center to help increase youth programming. We will also be adding state-of-the-art interactive displays to educate and entertain the thousands of visitors to [Read More]

Western Dubuque Gotto Family

  Every high school athletic program will see a common family name run through the program for years, decades even. At Western Dubuque, everyone has heard about the Gansens, Hoerners, Kluesners and McCarthys. While those families have all had several members go through the program, they pale in comparison to the Gotto family. In fact, [Read More]

IWHOF Mural Dedication set for Wednesday October 21st

When the opportunity presented itself in the spring of 2015, the board of directors of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame commissioned artist Robin MacComber to paint a mural on the building adjacent to the Hall of Fame. The idea behind the mural was to continue in the promotion of amateur wrestling in Iowa. And [Read More]

Dan Mashek, Still Alive and Wrestling

This summer, I had the chance to talk to Coach Dan Mashek.  He wrestled at West Waterloo under the legendary Bob Siddens where he was 3rd in state in 1965 at 180 pounds.    He then continued his wrestling career under Chuck Patten at UNI.  He then moved on to become the head coach at Don [Read More]


In recent years the number of wrestling officials on the national level has been gradually decreasing. In the State of Iowa, our numbers have been pretty much status quo. Numbers from the IHSAA show the number of registered officials from 2012-2013 through 2014-2015 fluctuated from 354 to 368 to 354. I personally see this as [Read More]

More than just a goal

Meaningful from within A MEANINGFUL MESSAGE FOR YOU & THOSE YOU LOVE  When is last time you took a risk? When is the last time you truly evaluated your life? It’s often a terrible thing in life to wait until you’re ready. There’s really no such thing as ready. There’s just NOW. With this being [Read More]

Adeline Gray and Terry Steiner to headline Dan Gable Museum Gala

DES MOINES, Iowa—The Dan Gable Museum Gala just added star power to an already historic line-up of wrestling greats, announcing that Terry Steiner, head coach at USA Wrestling for the women’s national team and three-time women’s freestyle wrestling World champion Adeline Gray, are scheduled to attend.   The Dan Gable Museum Gala is the culmination [Read More]


SAN MARINO, Calif. – Craig Sesker, a national award-winning journalist, publicist and author, has been named Public Relations Director for Titan Mercury Wrestling Club. Sesker, 49, spent the past 10 years working for USA Wrestling in the role of Communications Manager. He served as the editor for USA Wrestler, the member magazine of USA Wrestling [Read More]

What is Our Purpose as Coaches?

As we eagerly approach another wrestling season, which is right around the corner, many of us are busy getting everything in place to have a successful wrestling season.  The last few months I have heard and read about purpose, the importance in finding a purpose in life on a daily basis.  After some self reflection, [Read More]

Bullying and Hazing In Youth Sports

In recent years, terrible bullying and hazing incidents in youth sports have come to light. Older teammates abusing younger teammates.Coaches bullying players from the sidelines. And recent statistics seem to suggest that the problem is getting worse. Liberty Mutual Insurance and their Play Positive® initiative powered by Positive Coaching Alliance along with many coaches and [Read More]