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New John Hurrle Award Banquet Date TBD

By ISWA, 12/07/23, 11:45AM EST


The 2024 John Hurrle Memorial Award will be announced at the 42nd Anniversary of the IHSWCA Hall of Fame Banquet.  Note this banquet has been moved to the fall.  More information will be announced as details are received.  

Nominations will be accepted up until Jan. 30th, 2024.  A nomination form will be provided to every club admin and ISWA board member/ISWA lifetime member to submit a worthy candidate.  


John Hurrle, one of the original founders and lifetime member of the Indiana State Wrestling Association, coached for many years at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, IN. John was devoted to wrestling and to the kids in the state and served on the Board of Directors from 1978 until his death in 1991. The ISWA is dedicated to the example that John set for our organization. John’s motto was “DO IT FOR THE KIDS!” It is a motto the ISWA has adopted as their own.  The John Hurrle Award is presented annually by the Indiana State Wrestling Association to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of Amateur Wrestling in the State of Indiana. The winner is chosen from nominations submitted by ISWA member clubs and directors and is presented to the recipient at the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Banquet held each year in February.


Past recipients include: Mike McCarthy, (2023), Cheryl Merchant (2022) The Miller Family (2021), Beth Lybarger (2019), Lou Silverman (2018), Pat Culp (2017) Renee Schoettle (2016), Dave Errett (2015), Louis & Sharon Rosbottom (2014) Danny Struck (2013) Jan & Sue Hesser (2012), Chris Lynch (2011), Jim Tonte (2010), Bob Kopnisky (2009), Paul Green (2008), Tom Dolly (2007), JD Minch (2006), Royce Deckard (2005), T. Howard Jones Jr. & Robert Hasseman (2004), Dick Neal (2003), Rex Peckinpaugh (2002), Alan Goddard (2001), Francis Knue (2000), Mary Friedt (1999), John Schattner (1998), Mike & Sharon Dowden (1997), Rollie Hoover (1996), Bud Palmer (1995), Charles McNamara (1994), Larry Bergstrom (1993) and Phil Strader (1992).