Hall Of Fame History
Dennis Bardsley, President
California Wrestling Hall Of Fame.
May 31, 2003
2003 HOF INDUCTEES
Steve attended Miraleste H.H. and was the 1972 & 1973 CIF Southern Section Champion. He won the1973 State CIF Wrestling Championship (1st CIF State Tournament). He was the first CIF State Champion to win the Division I NCAA Championship. 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 administrater. 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 - ‘67-’69 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 conference titles and he coached 46 All americans. Frank was named the Conference Coach of the Year 3 times. Frank 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.H.S, 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 Champion. He was a member of the Division II National Team Champions - Cal State University, Bakersfield-1981 & 1982. Dan was also an AAU National Runner-up in 1982 and AAU National Champion in 1985.
Dick wrestled for San Diego H.S. He placed 3rd as a Junior and was CIF Southern Section Champion in 1950 on the championship team. Dick joined the Navy and became a 3-time National AAU Champion (1953, 1954, 1956). He won the Olympic Trials 1956 and placed 5th in the Olympics. 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 the Outstanding Wrestler Award in 1958.
Leroy wrestled for Modesto H.S..where he was Northern California Champion in 1962. He also competed for Humboldt State. Leroy coached at Turlock H.S. Hughson H.S. and Modesto J.C. As an official and administrator, he was a board member for USA Wrestling, and 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 was 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 champion in 1959 & 1963, Far Western Champion in 1960, 1961, 1962, Naval Training Center Champion in 1960, 1961, 1962. Jim also placed 2nd or 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 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.. 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 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 loosing a match.
Tom attended James Lick H.S., winning the school's first MVP award. He attended Cal Poly for 2 years placing 3rd in the PCI. Tom joined the Army and placed 4th and 1st Greco Roman at the National AAU Championships. He was 5-0 at the 1956 Olympic Trials, placing 4th. Tom returned to Cal Poly where he was undefeated for two years. He was the PCI champion in 1958 and won the Outstanding Wrestler Award on the Cal Poly Championship Team. In 1958, 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 the World Championships and the 1992Olympics. 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.
Zach was a graduate of West High School (Salt Lake city, UT), Utah University & San Jose State. He coached at Canyon High School (Castro Valley) and Chabot College. He coached 2 league, 1 CIF North Coast Section and one Northern California Championship teams while at Canyon and had a 64-8 high school coaching record. In 14 years at Chabot, his teams finished in the top 3 in the state ten times, with 5 California State JC, 12 Northern California and 12 conference championships. He was Coach of the Year 5 times, Community College Wrestling Coach of the Decade (1970-80), coached 18 state champions and 52 all Americans with a dual meet record of 152-6-2.
Dean wrestled at Will Rogers H.S. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He joined the Navy and wrestled for St. Mary’s Pre-flight School in Moroga, 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.