2005 Banquet Program – Download Here
2005 Lifetime Service Awards
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Heavyweight Champion in 1956, He started youth wrestling programs in Morro Bay. He has helped raise thousands of dollars for youth, high school and college athletics. Director of the CIT. After teaching and coaching for 36 yrs, he owns Pacific-Resilite Mat Co. who, along with Resilite Sports, sponsors the State Tournament.
FLOYD “DOC” BUCHANAN
He is an icon of California’s K-12 wrestling community. Clovis Unified was one of the first school districts in the state to purchase regulation mats for each of its elementary schools. Clovis Unified Schools have won more state wrestling titles than any other school district. Doc’s support led to Clovis High earning state titles in 1974, 75, 76, 1990, 91, 92 & 2003. Clovis West holds titles from 1983, 1984 and 1989.
Paul volunteeres as a wrestling coach at Arcata HS from 1974-96. He was always available for counsel in all aspects of life and was especially skilled at the psychology of athletics which helped his athletes excel in sports and life even after they graduated. Paul led the daily warm-ups by example, performing stretching, push-ups, and sit-ups until the age of 75.
Valley Wrestling Champion, originating and developing Fowler High School’s wrestling program; Head Wrestling Coach and NYL wrestling representative at Fresno High School, 1973-79. Director & Co-director of the California State Wrestling Tournament, Chairman of the Central Section Wrestling Committee, NYL President – 1988-89, & member of the state’s CIF Wrestling Advisory Committee.
Irvin was the official photographer for the CIF State Championships for many years. He was generous beyond measure as he has donated his time, expertise, and photographs, without charge too countless wrestlers during his time of service to the sport of wrestling.
He coached for 58 years (Football 50, Basketball 17, Baseball 25, Wrestling 41, & track 3 for a total of 136 seasons). He won many league champions in Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track & Wrestling Kirby was the weigh master and head timer for the State CIF Wrestling Tournament in Stockton for 18 years.
Roy began weekly team and individual rankings which were published in the Fresno Bee for 30+ years, his individual rankings were utilized by Bill Grant of Monterey in his publication “California Wrestling News” in its state ranking releases, received the first award by California Interscholastic Federation for a citizens support of high school wrestling. He has been involved in all aspects of wrestling through the years.
2005 Hall of Fame Inductees
STEPHEN ABAS – speech |
3x California State, National High School (OW), Junior National Freestyle (OW), 3x Jr. World National Freestyle Champion,& Jr. World Champion. In College he was a 3x NCAA & a 4x All-American. He was a U.S. Nationals champion, 5th in the World Championships, Pan American Games & World Cup Champion. He won a silver medal 2004 Olympic Games.
ARMAND BRETT – speech |
He was the head wrestling coach at Chico State from 1974-1991. His teams won seven Far Western Conference and Northern California Athletic Conference Championships. He was named Far Western and NCAC coach of the year 6x. He was a member of the NCAA rules committee from 1983-1989. His team won the NCAA Division II Western Region Team Championship.
He was a 4x Freestyle National Champion and Sambo National Champion. He wrestled on the USA World Teams in Greco 2x (placed 6th), Freestyle (University Games – 2nd) & Sambo. He was the head coach Cal State Stanislaus.
DALE DEFFNER – speech |
State JC champion, PCI Champion & 4th in NCAA at Long Beach State. Coached at Golden West College from 1970 until the present time. He coached 9 state JC Champions, 2 outstanding state JC wrestlers, 25 AA and has 200 wins. He has been a wrestling official at the high school, college and international level since 1963.
DENNIS DELIDDO – speech |
At Clovis High School, they won 9 NYL titles, 5 Central Section, 3 California State Championships (1974-76) & one 2nd. At Fresno State, won seven straight WAC championships from 1993-99, WAC Coach of the Year 4x, PCAA 2x. He has a 304-165-3 career record.
ERIC GUERRERO – speech |
He was 4x CCS, 3x State CIF Champion for Independence HS. At Oklahoma State, he was a 3x NCAA Division 1 Champion & 4x NCAA All-American. He was a 2x Pan Am Silver Medalist and a member of the US World Team where he placed 7th.
T.J. KERR – speech |
TJ is the Head Wrestling Coach at Cal State Bakersfield. He was the former president of the National Wrestling Coaches Association, co-coach of the NWCA All-Star Classic, PCAA Coach of the Year- 7x, PAC-10 – 3x and National NWCA Coach of the Year in 1996. Won one NCAA DIV II National Championship and voted NCAA DIV II Coach of the Year. Record 330-149-7.
BENTLY LYON – speech |
At UC Berkeley, he was a 2x PCI. Champion(OW & Team Captain in 1952), placed 4th and 1st in the NCAA Division 1 Championships. He was the first NCAA Division 1 Champion west of the Rocky Mountains. He was a 2x Far Western Freestyle Champion.
DUANE MORGAN – speech |
Duane was head coach at Overfelt and coached 6 consecutive league championship teams with a dual meet record of 101-1. Duane is the Chairman of California of USA Wrestling and is currently the 1st Vice President of USAW, Commissioner of the Northern California Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association, & has officiated at past 14 State CIF Wrestling championships.
DOC PETERSON – speech |
is known as the “Father of Northern California High School Wrestling.” Doc’s work and effort in promotion wrestling via clinics and workshops is how wrestling was started in the Northern High School Section. He coached at Chico State from 1958-1968, dominating the Far Western Conference through the 1960’s.