CRESCO, Iowa - Virginia Tech head wrestling coach Kevin Dresser is one of three 2014 inductees into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, joining Tom Kettman and Doug Schwab as part of this year’s class, as announced by the organization. The three inductees will become the 109th, 110th and 111th members inducted into the Hall since the first class was inducted in 1970.
“I appreciate the nomination and the opportunity to join this group,” Dresser said. “I know, admire, and truly respect all of the past and present individuals who are members of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.”
A native of Humboldt, Iowa, Dresser was a two-time high school state champion at Humboldt High School. In 2009, Dresser was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 2013, Dresser was honored with the Lifetime Service award, given in recognition of years of dedication to the development of leadership and citizenship in the youth through wrestling, by the Virginia chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
He graduated from the University of Iowa, where he won a national title in 1986 at 142 pounds. He was a two-time All-American (placing fourth in 1985 at 142 pounds), as well as a two-time Big Ten champion. For his performance in 1986, he received the Mike Howard Award, given to the most valuable wrestler for the Hawkeyes.
Dresser is in his eighth season at the helm of the Virginia Tech wrestling program, a program that he has headed toward the upper echelon of the college game. In six of his first seven seasons, he’s had a wrestler win an ACC title and four times has had a wrestler named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the ACC Championships.
He’s turned the Hokies into a perennial top-15 program and has continuously brought in top recruiting classes. Now in his eighth season, he is 109-44 in dual matches, 30-10 in ACC duals. Last season, he led Tech to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Championship with four All-Americans, both records for the program.
Joining Dresser in this year’s class are Schwab, who is the head coach at the University of Northern Iowa and a former Virginia Tech assistant coach, as well as Kettman, a highly successful coach at Don Bosco in Gilbertville, Iowa, who led the Dons to numerous state championships.
The 45th annual Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Awards Banquet will be held on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at the Cresco Country Club.
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