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Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame announces 2021 inductees

Cody Goodwin
Des Moines Register

The Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa in Waterloo announced its Class of 2021 inductees Monday afternoon.

This year's honorees: Gary Steffensmeier, Mike DeAnna, Megan Black, Dwight Hinson, David Kjeldgaard, the 1991 and 1992 University of Iowa wrestling teams, as well as the Happel Family, Don Bosco coach Tom Hogan and Waterloo native Bill Tate Sr.

An honorary banquet is scheduled for June 25, 2021, at the Prairie Links Golf Club in Waverly. 

Steffensmeier was a four-time state medalist and two-time state champion for Fort Madison from 1983-87. He was the Bloodhounds' first two-time state champion. He went on to become a three-time All-American at Northern Iowa, which included an NCAA finals appearance in 1990. He posted a career record of 115-29-3 for the Panthers.

DeAnna was a four-time Big Ten champ and four-time All-American for the Hawkeyes from 1977-81. He twice reached the NCAA finals, in 1979 and 1981. He also won a pair of AAU freestyle national titles and was the second alternate for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team. He went on to coach at Edinboro from 1984-90.

Black, originally from Eddyville, is the only girl to finish in the top eight at the Iowa high school state wrestling championships. She was also a three-time Junior women's freestyle All-American and became a four-time All-American in the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association for both King and McKendree University.

E-B's Megan Black grapples with Underwood's Taylor Curtis during their Class 1A 106 pound quarterfinal Class 1A State Wrestling tournament at Wells Fargo Arena Friday. Curtis defeated Black 10-3. (Justin Hayworth/The Des Moines Register)

Hinson is one of 11 four-time All-Americans in Iowa State history, doing so from 1994-98. He also won three Big 8 titles and an individual Big 12 championship and ranks fourth on Iowa State's all-time wins list, with 138. He's coached local youth wrestling while serving as an Iowa State University police officer for the past two decades.

Kjeldgaard is one of the most decorated high school wrestlers in Iowa history. He won three state titles for Lewis Central and posted a career record of 173-4. He was the first national winner of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award in 1996, won a record eight combined Cadet and Junior national titles, and he placed eighth at the Junior World Championships in 1996.

The 1991 and 1992 Iowa wrestling teams were among the best in college wrestling. Using the exact same lineups both years, the Hawkeyes won back-to-back Big Ten and NCAA team titles and posted a 37-1 dual record across both seasons. Coached by the legendary Dan Gable, Iowa qualified all 10 starters for the national tournament and finished with nine All-Americans both seasons.

The Happel Family will receive the Bowlsby Family Legacy Award, named after the Bowlsby family from Waterloo. The Happels are a family dynasty. Dean, the father, won three state titles for Lisbon from 1982-84. His two oldest sons, Carter and Cael, both won 200-plus matches and four state titles — Carter from 2013-16, Cael from 2017-20 — before moving onto careers at Iowa and Northern Iowa, respectively.

Lisbon senior Cael Happel reacts after pinning Underwood senior Logan James in their match at 138 pounds during the 2020 Iowa high school state wrestling tournament finals at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. The win made Happel a 4-time state champion.

Hogan, the head wrestling coach at Don Bosco, will be honored with the Bob Siddens High School Coaching Excellence Award. Since becoming the head coach in 2012, Hogan has led the Dons to three traditional Class 1A state team titles, in 2012 and 2019-20, and state dual championships in 2018 and 2019. 

Bill Tate Sr. will receive the Russ Smith Community Impact Award. Tate took third at the 1961 state tournament for Waterloo East. He later found the Waterloo Boys Club wrestling program in 1972 and served as the head coach for 10 years, helping to produce numerous state champs and even two eventual NCAA champs in Stewart Carter and Mike Van Arsdale, who won for Iowa State in 1987 and 1988.

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.