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Earl Stottler Honored by National Wrestling Hall o f Fame

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame (NWHOF) will honor Earl Stottler with the Medal of Courage Award, Mn Chapter, at a banquet to be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Country Inn and Suites in Benson, MN.  Social hour begins at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and presentation/program following.

Earl began his wrestling career as a Freshman at Benson High School, and went on to become a state champion for Princeton High School in 1958. He became Moorhead State’s first national champion (NAIA) in 1961. He was inducted into the Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Moorhead State University Dragon Hall of Fame in 1997. He officiated for 12 years.

Earl taught for one year in Milbank, SD and was a teacher/counselor for 25 years in Starbuck. He served as head baseball coach for 4 years, and asst. football and head wrestling for 16 years, when health concerns forced him to give up coaching. He still gave back to the sport as a color commentator for area radio stations broadcasting wrestling matches, and worked wrestling events.

He is a current member of the Bartelma Hall of Fame committee.  Earl retired from teaching in 1996.

Earl suffered a major stroke in 2011, causing partial paralysis and other health issues.  With the never quit attitude instilled in all wrestlers, and the strong work ethic he developed in his athletes, Earl continues to make strides in rehab, and he is still passionate about the sport of wrestling today.

For information on the NWHOF Banquet contact: Steve Ricard at 320-843-4508 (home), 320-843-2710 (work), 320-444-0569 (cell), or sricard@benson.k12.mn.us.

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