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California Wrestling Hall of Fame reveals 2020 honorees

The California Wrestling Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2020 honorees. Eleven will be welcomed into the Hall of Fame, while ten others will be presented with the Lifetime Service Award at a ceremony this summer.

The 2020 Hall of Fame inductees include:

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  • Matt Azevedo: Drexel University head wrestling coach

  • Chris Sones: Big Ten champ for University of Iowa, and highly successful wrestling coach in Minnesota

  • Arnold Alpert and Lyndon Campbell: co-head coaches of Temecula Valley High School

  • Ben Ohai: Brigham Young University wrestler and successful California high school coach

  • Valentin Kalika: 2016 USA Women's Wrestling Coach of the Year

  • Randy Hartman: High school and college wrestling official for over 40 years who has officiated seven NCAA Division I tournaments

  • Tony Leon: Successful coach at Brawley High School, where his teams have won 18 consecutive league championships

  • Howard Lawson: a four-time league champion and two-time California state high school champ

  • Tom McCann: coached 42 years at Kearney High School in Nebraska and has been a college official for over 40 years at NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and NCAA competitions

  • George Retzer (posthumously): a member of the 1912 U.S. Olympic Team and a long-time wrestling leader and official in southern California.

    Those individuals receiving the Lifetime Service Award in 2020 include: Steve Gardner, Dick Bailey, Andy Harris, Mark Black, Bob Irwin, Sam Cereceres and Wayne Partee. Oran Breeland and Mike Burley will be recognized posthumously.

    The 21st Annual California Wrestling Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Saturday, June 13 at the Laguna Hills Community Center, 25555 Alicia Pkwy. in Laguna Hills, Calif. Reception begins at 4:00 p.m., with dinner served at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $70 per person, with a limit of 400 guests. Download a printable mail-in reservation form here.

    According to organization's official website, "The mission of the California Wrestling Hall of Fame shall be to recognize those individuals and groups who, because off their outstanding dedication, have contributed immeasurably to the establishment, maintenance and continuation of amateur wrestling in the Golden State.""
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