Hall of Fame Details
Wrestling - 1962-63
Induction Year: 2011
5th Place - NAIA National Meet
Overall Record: 7-2-2
Head Coach: Mertz Mortorelli
Assistant Coaches: Ron Pifer, Bill McCreary
Manager: Don Rock
Team Members: Chuck McCreary, Ron Markley, Tony Leonardo, Larry Gunn, Bill Kadlecek, Herb Schutt, Willie Falwell, Tom Wile, Glenn Getgen, Bob Zimmerman, Terry Cole, Rick Case, Dennis Wagner
The 1963 Yellowjacket wrestling team was among the best groups of grapplers ever assembled at UW-Superior, known then as Wisconsin State University Superior. Combining tremendous skill with depth that provided wins in all weight classes, the Yellowjackets steadily improved from the beginning of the season to the end and finished in second place in the WSUC behind only conference champion River Falls State College, which had won the conference title the previous year as well.
From conference play it was off to the NAIA National Meet, where the Yellowjackets eventually would place fifth, the highest finish of any Yellowjacket wrestling team in history.
Five athletes claimed medals at the national meet: Chuck McCreary, who placed third in the 130-pound weight class; Willie Falwell, who placed fifth in the 137-pound weight class; Herb Schutt, who placed fifth in the 147-pound weight class; Glenn Getgen, who was the national runner-up in the 157-pound weight class; and Bob Zimmerman, who finished third in the heavyweight class.
An interesting sidelight to the team's season is that the Badgers from the University of Wisconsin added the Yellowjackets to their schedule and, because the Yellowjacket teams were so competitive, kept them on the schedule through 1969.