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2007 Lifetime Service Awards

william_clarkWILLIAM CLARK
He coached at El Dorado HS & was the AD for 9 years. He went to the CIF-SS office & was the administrator for wresting from 1980 – 2000. He helped change the format of the individual Championship tournaments as well as instituting the Sections dual meet championships. Bill served on the state CIF Wrestling Advisory Committee for10 years.

dan_deirdorfDAN DIERDORF
Dan is in his 52nd year of officiating. His resume includes many high school State Tournaments, 35 JC State Tournaments, 2 NCAA DI, 11 World Cup, 6 Senior World, 10 Jr World, & 2 Pan American Championships. Dan was selected as the Outstanding Official by FILA in the 1978 World Championships & the Outstanding HS Official in CA by the National High School Association.

richard_fergusonRICHARD FERGUSON
He has been officiating 41 years & achieved the highest officials ranking. He served as the on the board of the SoCal Wrestling Officials Assn & served as president. His officiating experience includes the JC Regionals, CA State HS Tournament, CIF Dual Meet & Divisional Championships & the SS Masters Tournament. He is currently the Instructional Chairman and assigner for the Foothill Section.

john_mccarthyJOHN McCARTHY
He attended the University of Iowa and wrestled four years & lettered 2x. He retired from teaching in 2006 but remains the wrestling coach at Magnolia HS. During his 35 years of coaching at Magnolia HS he has had only one losing season, has over 575 dual meet victories, and had over 55 wrestlers on the team each season. He was selected as the OC Wrestling Coach of the Year.

wayne_mickaelianWAYNE MICKAELIAN
His teams won the league 6 of the 7 years he coached at Fountain Valley & placed 4th at the CIF State Tournament. He was instrumental in bringing the Five Counties Tournament to Fountain Valley (one of the toughest tournaments in the nation). Served as president of the SoCal Wrestling Coaches Assn, hosted the Japanese Cultural Exchange & inducted into the OC Wrestling HOF.

dennis_payneDENNIS PAYNE
He was team captain of his HS, JC & freestyle teams. He had the opportunity to coach wrestlers of all ages at the kid, high school, club & university levels. He took great pride in helping other officials, served as an instructional chairman serving the CIF-SS, AAU, & USA Wrestling. He has participated in cultural exchanges, World Meets, Olympic Trials, & the 1984 Olympic Games.

keith_smithKEITH SMITH
He wrestled at Brawley HS & placed 2nd in the Southern Section, Imperial Valley JC & placed 2nd at the State JC Championships, In his 30 years of coaching, Brawley has won 3 SD Sections Championships, 2nd in the SS Dual Meet Tournament, 2nd in the SS Championships. Brawley has won the Desert Valley League 20 times. His dual meet record is 300-40.

bob_stoloBOB STOLO
Started an AAU/CAGWA Kids Wrestling Program that included many of the great names in SS wrestling, such as the Kistlers, Lawson’s, Tomazic’s and & Iwanaga’s. His kids program won 10 AAU/CAGWA state titles and 3national titles. His wrestlers went on to win 12 high school state titles, 3 NCAA titles & 3 National titles. He was an asst coach at El Dorado HS for 9 years.

Their involvement started when their two sons started age group wrestling They worked in the bout room for many years. During their boys high school years they were very involved in the booster club, lending support to the wrestling program. They worked many dual meets & tournaments, as well as the CIF Southern Section Finals. Even though their sons went off to college, they continued their involvement in wrestling.

2007 Hall of Fame Inductees

frank_addlemanFRANK ADDLEMAN – speech | interview
Coached Santa Ana JC to the 1974 State Championship, 3 regional championships & a 210-51 coaching record. He was JC. Coach of the Year (1974), El Camino college HOF, Orange Coast HOF, Long Beach State HOF, National Wrestling HOF. He helped establish OC Wrestling Coaches Assn., clinician & speaker at wrestling clinics & the author of a book on fitness & nutrition.

russ_cozartRUSS COZART – speech | interview
Coached for 25 years at Brandon HS, won the state Championship14 times and holds the national record for consecutive wins without a defeat (325-0). Coach of the US Dream Team , Head Coach for the Florida Greco Roman National Dual Team that won the National Title with 7 of his wrestlers on the team. He won the World’s Veterans Championship 6x.

john_dahlemDR. JOHN DAHLEM – speech | interview
His team went 233-36, won10 league championships & 4 undefeated seasons at Loara HS. Named OC Coach of the Year 4x, recognized as one of the National Wrestling Coaches of the Year, 1970’s Coach of the Decade in OC & helped organize the OC Wrestling Coaches Assoc.. He was inducted into the Orange County Wrestling HOF & a member of the National Wrestling HOF.

frank_gonzalezFRANK GONZALES – speech | interview
Coached at Pacifica HS and El Dorado HS, where his teams won CIF SS twice and the State Championship in 1982, He was an assistant coach to Gary Debeaubien at Rancho Santiago CC for 3 years, Co-coach for 2 years and when Gary left, Frank took over as the head coach for 2 years. His JC team placed 3rd in the state in 1996.

chris_horpelCHRIS HORPEL – speech | interview
As Stanford head wrestling coach, he produced seven NCAA Division I All- Americans, ten Pacific-10 Conference champions and has qualified Stanford wrestlers to the NCAAs every year. He was 2 x NCAA D1 All-American, first alternate on the 1976 United States Olympic Team, and set the national high school pin record by pinning 34 of 36 opponents.

wenzel_hubelWENZEL HUBEL – speech | interview
He was 2x National AAU Champion, won the World Championship in Japan, & a 1955 Pan American Champ. He was instrumental in the development of the LA YMCA wrestling team that lasted until most members approached retirement age. The programs that Wenzel started, organized, and mentored, helped numerous young wrestlers learn the sport.

dan_lewisDAN LEWIS – speech | interview
He won the Southern Section & was undefeated in 1971 for Fountain Valley HS, a 2x JC AA at Orange Coast College, qualified for the NCAA’s at Cal State Fullerton 2x, won the 1979 Freestyle National title, Gold medal in the 1979 Pan American Games, Bronze medal in the Sombo World Championships, & on the World Freestyle team. He was NCAA DII coach of the year & served on the NCAA rules committee.

dick_morrisDICK MORRIS – speech | interview
He coached wrestling at Edgewood and corona Del Mar HS for 16 years. He has been a high school and college wrestling official for the past 45 years. He officiated the Southern Section Masters Tournament for 29 years and the State CIF Tournament for the past 18 years. He was also the President of the Southern California wrestling Officials Association.

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