National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter Honors 11
April 26, 2021
On Saturday, April 24th, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Minnesota Chapter held their 19th annual banquet and ceremony and inducted nine new members and honored two from the 2020 class who have contributed significantly to Minnesota Wrestling and beyond. The celebration was held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Austin, Minn.
250 people were in attendance, including many former Hall of Fame inductees.
Ricky Ties Jr received the State Medal of Courage Award from Minnesota. Honorees for the Lifetime Service Award for 2021 were Dr. John Berg Jr, Clay Nagel, Charlie Peterson, Terry Sworsky, Jim Tanniehill, Steve Techam, Ken Vogt, and Jim Williams. 2020 inductees Larry Goodnature and Bill Schmidt gave their postponed acceptance speeches.
State chapter inductees are permanently honored at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
One of the most decorated coaches in Minnesota Wrestling History is Clay Nagel, out of Frazee, Minnesota. His highly successful programs at Frazee High School in the northwestern part of the state, along with his continued success as a college coach at Concordia College, certainly make him more than qualified for induction into the National; Wrestling Hall of Fame-Minnesota Chapter.