Wrestling - 1966-67 (Inducted 2008) - Alumni Hall of Fame - UW-Superior

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Wrestling - 1966-67

Induction Year: 2008

Five medal winners at NAIA national championship

Wrestling - 1966-67

Record: 11-4
State Intercollegiate Wrestling Tournament - Second Place
Wisconsin State University Conference Meet - Second Place
NAIA National Championships - Five Medal Winners


In an era when Coach Mertz Mortorelli was renown for building excellent wrestling teams, the 1966-1967 Yellowjackets stand out as a dedicated team of young men on which seven athletes held All American status.

At the State Intercollegiate Wrestling Tournament, the team scored 66 points - its most ever in the contest - and finished second only to the UW-Madison Badgers. Richard Kuzminsky, Tommy Thompson and Mike Garside were state champions.

At the Wisconsin State University Conference Meet, seven wrestlers made the finals and Mike Garside and Mike Ross were individual champions.

In the NAIA National Championship, the Yellowjackets had five medal winners for the first time in team history: Mike Garside (second), Dick Tressler (fourth), Tony Leonardo (sixth), Tommy Thompson (sixth), and Mike Ross (sixth).

Richard Kuzminsky (All American)
Dick Tressler (Two-time All American)
Tony Leonardo (All American)
Tommy Thompson (Two-time All American)
Joe Venci
Dave Karpenske
Mike Garside (Three-time All American)
Joe Reasbeck
Jack Reigel
Herb Schutt (All American)
Mike Ross (Two-time All American)
Al Soxman
Dave Kline
Mart Ilgen
Edward Knackstedt - Trainer
Americo "Mertz" Mortorelli - Coach

 


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