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BATTLE OF WATERLOO HISTORY

In early 2009, Jeff Frost, then athletic director at Waterloo West, approached Brenton Shavers, East High Athletic Director, about an idea to host a tournament similar to the highly successful Clash in Rochester, Minn.

Frost wanted an event that celebrated the great history of wrestling in Waterloo, a city that had won more prep state championships, produced more individual state champs and crowned more NCAA individual national champions than any other city in Iowa.

After consulting with others in the Waterloo wrestling community, the Battle of Waterloo was born.

The inaugural event “exceeded everything I imagined or thought it would or could be,” Frost told Jim Nelson of The Courier. “It was a tremendous, tremendous experience to watch. And it all goes back to so many people’s hard work as a committee who had a similar vision.”

Fans, coaches, wrestlers, and officials all lauded the event – and now the Battle of Waterloo is entering its second decade!

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Hall of Fame Inductees

As the Battle of Waterloo moves into its second decade, the Hall of Fame will begin to recognize State Championship Teams from Waterloo and BOW Participants (wrestlers, coaches, and officials).

2020 HALL OF FAME CLASS

Each year the Battle of Waterloo inducts a new class of former coaches, wrestlers, officials, or community supporters into the Battle of Waterloo Hall of Fame The 2020 inductees are:

State Championship Teams

  • East High 1983 State Championship Team
  • West High 1989 State Championship Team
  • Columbus High 2004 State Championship Team

Individuals

East – Jim Barman 2X State Champion 1959, 1960

West – Akeem Carter 2X State Champion 2001, 2002

BOW Community Contributors

Jim Nelson – Waterloo Courier

Jeff Frost – Co-Founder and Tournament Director

Brenton Shavers – Co-Founder and Tournament Director

BOW Participant – Brandon Sorenson – 4X BOW Participant, 4X State Champion, 4X All-American

View Waterloo Hall of Fame Inductees from the last 10 years.

Click on names with in each year to see more information on each honoree.

2020 - Battle of Waterloo Hall of Fame Inductees

East High 1983 State Championship Team

West High 1989 State Championship Team

Columbus High 2004 State Championship Team

East – Jim Barman 2X State Champion 1959, 1960

West – Akeem Carter 2X State Champion 2001, 2002

Jim Nelson – Waterloo Courier

Jeff Frost – Co-Founder and Tournament Director

Brenton Shavers – Co-Founder and Tournament Director

Brandon Sorenson – 4X BOW Participant, 4X State Champion, 4X All-American

History - Tradition - Champions

Since Iowa High School Athletic Association began sponsoring the state wrestling tournament, Waterloo has produced 160 State Champions and 26 Team Titles.

Beginning in 1936 to 1980, the City of Waterloo produced at least one State Champion every year except for 1951 – stretches of 15 and 28 years. In 1957, eight of 10 weight classes contested were won by either a Waterloo East (5) or Waterloo West (3) wrestler.

In 1964, East and West each had four state champions. Waterloo West had an 88-Match Win Streak under Coach Bob Siddens from 1968 – 1975 (the national record at the time). The city has also produced:

5 – Three-time State Champions

Jimmie Stoyanoff (1940-42)
Dick Hauser (1944-1946)
Tom Huff (1957-59)
Paul Stinson (1963-65)
Dan Gable (1964-66)

22 – Two-time State Champions

West High School
Jack Wilcox (1939-40)
Leo Thomsen (1945-46)
Lowell Lange (1945-46)
Del Rossberg (1954-55)
Don Huff (1956-67)
Paul Miller (1961-62)
Dale Anderson (1963-64)
Rod Harp (1970-71)
Tony Cordes (1971 and 1973)
John Bowlsby (1973-74) Matt Dickey (1990-91)
Akeem Carter (2001-02)

East High School
Wes Sterner (1949-50)
Jay Hollins (1957-58)
Bill Dotson (1957-58)
Virgil Carr (1957-58)
Bob Buzzard (1958-59) Jim Barman (1959-60)
Dave Saddler (1961-62)
Don Buzzard (1963-64)
Tony Stevens (1966-67)
Kyven Gadson (2009-10)

Columbus High School
Joe Gibbons (1978-79 & 1980-81 at Ames)

Team Championship years

Waterloo West (17): 1942, 43, 44, 45, 46, 51, 52, 55, 59, 65, 66, 67, 69, 71, 72, 77, 89

Waterloo East (8): 1953, 57, 58, 60, 61, 63, 64, 83 Waterloo Columbus (1): 2004

Individual State Champions

Waterloo West (88)
Waterloo East (56)
Waterloo Central (4)
Waterloo Columbus (10)

NCAA Champions

Dale Anderson, Michigan State (1967-68)
Rich Binek, Iowa State (1973)
Russ Bush, Northern Iowa (1947)
Dan Gable, Iowa State (1968-69)
Jim Harmon, UNI (1953)
Dick Hauser, Cornell (1947)
Lowell Lange, Cornell (1947, 49-50)
Mike Van Arsdale, Iowa State (1988)
Stewart Carter, Iowa State (1987)
Chuck Yagla, Iowa (1975-76)
Joe Gibbons, Iowa State (1985)
Bill Dotson, UNI (1963)
Jim Miller, UNI (1974-75)
Ken Snyder, UNI (1974-75)
Ken Gallagher, UNI (1980)
Jamal Fox, Wartburg (1996)
Akeem Carter, Wartburg (2004-05)

USA Olympians

Dan Gable, 1972 (Gold)
Bob Buzzard, 1972
Chuck Yagla, 1980
Waterloo Orange (2)

Battle of Waterloo

2021 Tournament: December 17 – 18

Hall of Fame Reception

Thursday, December 16th

5-7 p.m.

National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Dan Gable Museum
 

303 Jefferson ST. Waterloo, Iowa 50701