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2003 Hall of Fame Inductees
Steve attended Miraleste High School. and was the 1972 & 1973 CIF Southern Section Champion. He won the1973 State CIF Wrestling Championship and was the first California CIF State Champion to win the Division I NCAA Championship while competing for Oklahoma State University. Steve was the first four-time Big 8 Champion at Oklahoma State. He also won the O.S.U. Athlete of the Year Award. Steve joined Athletes in Action after he earned his M.A. Degree. He has represented AIA as an athlete and an administrator. He is has been the liaison for trips between Russia and the USA for AIA for the past 11 years.
Frank wrestled at San Francisco State. He coached at Ceres H.S. for 5 years. While at Ceres, his teams won 3 Sac-Joaquin section titles – 1967-1969 and was voted the #1 team in California by Cal-Hi Sports in 1968. He coached at Humboldt State for 21 years with a record of 261-107-9. His teams won 9 Far West Conference titles and he coached 46 All-Americans. Frank was named the Far West Conference Coach of the Year 3 times. He was also named Division III Coach of the Year in 1977. His teams placed 2nd, 3rd & 4th (twice) at the NCAA Division II & III Championships.
At Merced.High School, Dan was the 1976 & 1977 California State CIF Wrestling Champion. He was also the 1977 State Freestyle Champion, the 1981 & 1982 NCAA Division II Champion, and the 1981 & 1982 NCAA Division I Champion. Dan was the 1980 Olympic Trials Freestyle Champion. He was a member of the Division II National Team Champions for Cal State University, Bakersfield in 1981 & 1982. Dan was also an AAU National Freestyle Runner-up in 1982 and AAU National Freestyle Champion in 1985.
Dick wrestled for San Diego High School. He placed 3rd as a Junior and was CIF Southern Section Champion in 1950 as a member of the championship team. Dick joined the Navy and became a 3-time National AAU Champion (1953, 1954, 1956). He won the United States Freestyle Olympic Trials 1956 and placed 5th in the Olympic Games. Dick wrestled at University of Oklahoma where he was a 3-time Big Seven Champion. He placed 3rd and won 2 NCAA Championships (1957 & 1958) and was chosen the NCAA Division I Outstanding Wrestler in 1958.
Leroy wrestled for Modesto H.S..where he was Northern California Champion in 1962. He also competed for Humboldt State where he was a Far Western Conference Champion. Leroy coached at Turlock H.S., Hughson H.S. and Modesto Junior College. As an official and administrator, he was a board member for USA Wrestling, and the California State Chairman . Under his leadership California became the number one state in USA Wrestling with over 14,000 wrestlers per year. He officiated at the World Championships and two Olympic Games. Leroy served on the CIF Wrestling Advisory Committee and the California Hall of Fame Executive Committee.
Jim was Oklahoma State H.S. Champion in 1955, Big-10 Champion at Michigan State and placed 3rd in the NCAA in 1959. He won the National AAU Championship in 1959, 1960, 1962, Pan American championship in 1959 & 1963, Far Western Champion in 1960, 1961, 1962, Naval Training Center Champion in 1960, 1961, 1962. Jim also placed 2nd and 3rd in the National AAU Championships eight times. He was a member of the Olympic Club Team that won five National Championships in the 1960’s
Mark wrestled at Lincoln H.S. (Lincoln, CA.) placing 3rd & 4th in the CIF State Championships. He won seven National Greco-Roman Titles (AAU & USA Wrestling). Mark also was Junior World Champion & Cadet World Champion. He won the Pan American Games and was a five-time World Team Member. Mark was the first (and only) American wrestler to make four Olympic Teams -1980/84/88/92. Mark was Junior World Head Coach and Cadet World Assistant Coach. He also assisted at B.Y.U.
Sergio wrestled at Redondo H.S. where he was a 1964 CIF Southern Section Champion. While attending UCLA, he was the Pac-8 Champion in 1969 & twice runner-up in the NCAA Div I Championships in 1968 & 1969. Sergio was a National AAU Champion in 1974, Pan American Games Champion in 1971, and the Olympic Team Alternate in 1968. Sergio placed 7th in the 1972 Olympic Games while not losing a match (all 3 of his matches ended in draws).
Tom attended Cal Poly where he was undefeated for 2 years, winning the PCI Championship and was choosen as the Outstanding Wrestler, and was a memeber of the Cal Poly’s PCI Championship team. While competing for the US Army he won the National AAU Greco Championship and placed 4th in the 1956 Olympic Trials. Tom was inducted into the Cal Poly Hall of Fame as one of the Charter members (1990).
Ralphene has been involved in wrestling in California for 30 years. Ralphene, and her husband, Charlie, founded the Sacramento Super Stars Wrestling Club. She directed league, section and freestyle tournaments. As a pairing master, she worked for California USA Wrestling and as the pairing director at the Concord International for 19 years. Ralphene was assigned to pair the World Championships and the 1992 Olympics. In 1985 she received the USA Wrestling ‘Exceptional’ Pairing Rating. In 1997, she was the California Teacher of the Year. One of her major contributions to wrestling was the training sessions she developed and conducted throughout the state.
Dean wrestled at Will Rogers H.S. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He joined the Navy and wrestled for St. Mary’s Pre-flight School in Moraga, CA. He served as head coach at the Univ. of Illinois-Chicago from 1948-54. Dean moved to California and was assistant wrestling coach at UC Berkeley under Henry Stone in 1954 & 1955. He became the head coach at UC Berkeley in 1956 – 1958. Dean moved to UC Davis and served as the head coach from 1959-1969. Dr. Ryan was an outstanding wrestler, coach and motor learning scholar.