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Iowa State All-American Dean Corner passes away

Dean Corner, a two-time Big 8 Conference champion and 1957 NCAA All-American for legendary Iowa State head wrestling coach Harold Nichols, passed away in Springfield, Missouri, late Monday night. He was 83.

Dean Corner
A native of Omaha, Neb., Corner qualified to the NCAA Championships for the Cyclones in 1956, 1957, and 1958. Corner placed third at 137 pounds to become an All-American for the Cyclones in 1957.

Nichols recruited Corner out of Omaha Tech High School, after he won three Nebraska state wrestling championships in 1952 (95 pounds), 1953 (112 pounds), and 1954 (127 pounds).

After graduating from Iowa State, and earning a Master's in Education from Indiana State, Corner was asked by legendary Wisconsin wrestling coach George Martin to come to the state and grow wrestling. Corner settled in Cedarburg, Wis., and began to build a wrestling powerhouse in 1966.

Throughout the 1970's, Cedarburg was one of the top wrestling programs in Wisconsin, compiling a remarkable 61-4 dual mark during this time. Cedarburg wrestlers were regular participants in the WIAA state tournament. In 1975, Paul Sigler won the WIAA State title at 145 pounds for Cedarburg, the first athlete in any sport to win a state title in the 100-year history of the high school.

Dean Corner (center) in Iowa State wrestling room in 1955
Corner has provided the Dean Corner Wrestling Scholarship at Cedarburg High School each year since 1979 for a graduating senior who pursues post-high school education and has participated in wrestling at Cedarburg.

Corner retired from coaching in 1979, and teaching at Cedarburg High School in 1993.

For all his accolades as a wrestler and coach, Corner has been inducted into numerous Halls of Fame. He is a member of the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, the Wisconsin Wrestling Coach Association Hall of Fame, and the Cedarburg High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

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