IHSAA Announces Wrestling, Basketball Hall-of-Fame Classes


November 29th, 2011 by Jim Field

Wrestling and basketball hall-of-fame classes for this winter have been announced by the Iowa High School Athletic Association and fans at those tournaments again will be treated to seeing an outstanding array of talent.

Selected for the Wrestling Hall of Fame are retired coaches BOB DYER of Glenwood (321-74-5) and GENE DOYLE of Cedar Falls (241-52). Also former state champions JEFF KELLY (100-15) and PAT KELLY (132-6) of Britt, both two time champions, and three-time mat kings CLIFF MOORE of Dubuque Hempstead (137-2; 1997, 98 and 99) and Cedar Falls’ JOSH BUDKE (151-11,1995, 96 and 97).
This year is also the 50th Anniversary of Britt’s BOB STEENLAGE becoming the first four-time State Champion. Original plans had him leading the Grand March but a personal commitment does not allow for that. Instead Steenlage will be introduced to the State Tournament crowd Friday evening and his brother Les, who has impressive wrestling credentials, will step in for him at the Grand March. Both will be featured in the program.

The Basketball Hall of Fame will induct the following former state tournament coaches: the late AD HLUBEK (239-95) at Fort Atkinson, Melrose (1937 and 1938) and Charlotte; DON BURTON (323-146) at Northeast Hamilton (1968) and South Hamilton (1991); and KEITH STRIBE (339-187) at Carroll (1996, 1997, and 2005), Sanborn and Northwest Webster.
Former players being inducted include LARRY LUST, who was a two time all-state and an offensive and defensive star on Newton’s 1963 and 1964 state championship teams before playing at SCI (UNI); MARK MOHL, who scored 1,815 points and was all-state at Lost Nation (1980-83) before starting at Kirkwood Community College and Morningside College and is now the head coach at North Iowa Area Community College; and CHRIS KUHLMANN whose scoring and defense led Denison to the 1986 and 1987 State Tournaments before going on to star at Morningside College;
Also, New Hampton’s BRIAN HEYING, a two time all-state and all-tournament selection in 1993 and 1994, who scored over 1,500 career points and pulled down 628 rebounds before going on to a career at UNI; RYAN BOWEN, three times named to all-state teams during a career at Fort Madison (1991-94) where he scored 1,507 points, collected 749 rebounds and blocked 296 shots before winning all Big 10 honors at Iowa and playing 11 years in the NBA; and RAEF LAFRENTZ a multiple all-state selection and all-tournament choice who poured in 2,148 points and snared 1,079 rebounds in leading MFL, Monona to state tournament appearances in his career (1991-94) before being a four year starter and two-time All American at Kansas University and an NBA star for 12 seasons.