Former Cyclone Wrestlers To Be Honored
WATERLOO, Iowa – Former Iowa State wrestling greats Gordon Hassman and Chuck Jean will be inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa, Class of 2010. The event begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17 inside the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum.
Other members of the Class of 2010 are Dan Holm, Mike Allen, Mark Reiland, and Tolly Thompson.
“This is another great class of inductees,” said Kent Sesker, marketing director at the Gable Museum. “All are well-deserving of this prestigious honor."
Gordon Hassman was a three-time All-American and two-time Big Eight champion for Iowa State. As a junior in 1964, Hassman capped a perfect season with an NCAA title at 157 pounds. The following season he placed third at the same weight and was part of the Cyclones’ first NCAA team championship. Born and raised in New Hampton, Iowa, Hassman won a high school state title in 1960.
A native of Albert Lea, Minn., Chuck Jean won NCAA titles for Iowa State in 1969 and 1970 before transferring to Adams State and winning NAIA titles in 1972 and 1973. He was also part of four team championships, making him the only collegiate wrestler to win four individual national titles and four team national titles. Jean was a state champion for Albert Lea High School in 1967.
The Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame was established in 2002 to honor extraordinary individuals in the sport of wrestling who hail from the state of Iowa. To date, 98 individuals have been honored by the hall. This is the ninth class in the hall's history.
“This is a chance to honor six worthy inductees and a chance to honor Glen Brand,” said executive director Kyle Klingman. “Brand continues to influence wrestling through his remarkable contributions.”
The hall is named after Glen Brand, an NCAA champion for Iowa State in 1948, who won an Olympic gold medal the same year, at 174 pounds in London. Brand attended every hall of fame induction ceremony, and passed away on Nov. 15, 2008, in Omaha, Neb., at the age of 85.