Fans Can Vote For All-Time NCAA Wrestlers

Jan. 5, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Former Oregon State wrestlers Jess Lewis and Greg Strobel are among the nominees from which fans can currently vote for the NCAA 75th Anniversary Team. The team selected will be honored at the 2005 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, March 17-19, in St. Louis, Mo. Voting to name the 15 wrestlers to the 75th Anniversary team ends on Jan. 12. This is your chance to recognize the heroes and champions from the past 75 years of wrestling by voting at www.nwcaonline.com or www.ncaasports.com

A group of wrestling historians have nominated a total of 45 wrestlers for the wrestling community to vote on. The 45 wrestlers have been grouped into three categories, which consists of 15 wrestlers each: lightweights (115 pounds to 141 pounds), middleweights (142 pounds to 174 pounds) and heavyweights (177 pounds to 285 pounds).

Please know that nominations are selected on NCAA performance only. Five honorees will be selected from each of three ballots listing 15 lightweight, 15 middleweight and 15 heavyweight wrestlers. For the final week of voting, the public can vote for all three groups.The NCAA will reveal the 75th anniversary team at a special celebration at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Friday.

The complete list of nominees:LIGHTWEIGHTS

Rick Sanders, Portland State - 1965-68, two-time NCAA champ, 103-2-0 with 46 falls at 115 lbs.

Elliott 'Gray' Simons, Lock Haven - 1959-62, three-time NCAA champ, 91-2-0 at 115 lbs

Gene Mills, Syracuse - 1977-81, two-time NCAA champ, 144-5-1 with 107 falls at 118 lbs.

Rex Perry, Oklahoma State - 1933-35, three-time NCAA champ at 118 lbs.

Dave Auble, Cornell - 1958-60, two-time NCAA champ, 51-1-0 with 18 falls at 123 lbs.

Ed Peery, Pittsburgh - 1955-57, three-time NCAA champ, 51-1-0 at 123 lbs.

Stephen Abas, Fresno State - 1998-02, three-time NCAA champ, 144-4-0 with 32 falls at 125

Dwayne Keller, Oklahoma State - 1968, 1970-71, two-time NCAA champ, 64-1-0 with 13 falls at 126 lbs.

Randy Lewis, Iowa - 1978-81, two-time NCAA champ, 127-11-1 with 64 falls at 126 lbs.

Yojiro Uetake, Oklahoma State - 1964-66, three-time NCAA champ, 57-0-0 with 11 falls at 130 lbs.

Tom Brands, Iowa - 1989-92, three-time NCAA champ, 158-7-2 with 46 falls at 134 lbs.

John Smith, Oklahoma State - 1984-88, two-time NCAA champ, 157-7-2 with 40 falls at 134 lbs.

Dan Gable, Iowa State - 1968-70, two-time NCAA champ, 96-1-0 with 72 falls at 137 lbs.

Myron Roderick, Oklahoma State - 1954-56, three-time NCAA champ, 28-2-0 with 7 falls at 137 lbs.

Mike Caruso, Lehigh - 1965-67, three-time NCAA champ, 57-1-0 with 6 falls at 123 lbs

MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Wayne Martin, Oklahoma - 1934-36, three-time NCAA champ, 39-2-0 with 21 falls**145

Stan Henson, Oklahoma State - 1937-39, three-time NCAA champ, 33-1-0**155

Bill Koll, Northern Iowa - 1943, 1946-48, three-time NCAA champ, 37-0-0 with 15 falls**145

Bill Nelson, Northern Iowa - 1947-50, three-time NCAA champ**155

Tommy Evans, Oklahoma - 1951-54, two-time NCAA champ, 42-1-0 with 20 falls**147

Wade Schalles, Clarion - 1971-74, two-time NCAA champ, 153-5-1 with 106 falls**158

Lee Kemp, Wisconsin - 1975-78, three-time NCAA champ, 143-6-1 with 47 falls**158

Mark Churella, Michigan - 1976-79, three-time NCAA champ, 132-13-0 with 41 falls**167

Nate Carr, Iowa State - 1980-83, three-time NCAA champ, 122-17-1**150

Darryl Burley, Lehigh - 1979-83, two-time NCAA champ, 94-5-1 with 33 falls**142

Jimmy Zalesky, Iowa - 1981-84, three-time NCAA champ, 131-8-1 with 26 falls**158

Tim Kreiger, Iowa State - 1986-89, two-time NCAA champ, 116-3-2**150

Pat Smith, Oklahoma State - 1990-94, four-time NCAA champ, 121-5-2 with 30 falls**158

Lincoln McIlravy, Iowa - 1993-97, three-time NCAA champ, 96-3-0 with 12 falls**150

Cary Kolat, Penn State & Lock Haven - 1993-97, two-time NCAA champ, 111-7-0 with 53 falls**142

Joe Williams, Iowa - 1994-98, three-time NCAA champ, 129-9-0 with 20 falls**158

HEAVYWEIGHTS

Jess Lewis, Oregon State - 1968-70, two-time NCAA champ, 76-1-0 with 50 falls HWT

Greg Strobel, Oregon State - 1971-74, two-time NCAA champ, 124-5-1 with 43 falls**190

Ed Banach, Iowa - 1980-83, three-time NCAA champ, 141-9-1 with 73 falls 177lbs

Chris Campbell, Iowa - 1974-77, two-time NCAA champ, 121-5-4 with 22 falls 177lbs

Dick DiBattista, Pennsylvania - 1941-43, two-time NCAA champ, 37-0-0 175lbs

Carlton Haselrig, Pittsburgh-Johnston - 1986-89, three-time NCAA champ, 143-3-1 HWT

Dan Hodge, Oklahoma - 1955-57, three-time NCAA champ, 46-0-0 with 36 falls 177lbs

Dick Hutton, Oklahoma State - 1947-50, three-time NCAA champ and runner-up, 42-1-1 with 15 falls HWT

Mark Lieberman, Lehigh - 1975-79, two-time NCAA champ, 85-6-0 with 43 falls - 177lbs

Stephen Neal, Cal State-Bakersfield - 1996-98, two-time NCAA champ, 153-9-0 with 71 falls HWT

Cael Sanderson, Iowa State - 1999-02, four-time NCAA champ, 159-0-0 with 61 falls 184lbs

Mark Schultz, UCLA & Oklahoma - 1979-83, three-time NCAA champ, 97-15-0 177lbs

Chris Taylor, Iowa State - 1972-73, two-time NCAA champ, 87-0-1 with 44 falls HWT

Earl McCready, Oklahoma State - 1928-30, first three-time NCAA champ** heavyweight

Kurt Angle, Clarion - 1988-92, two-time NCAA champ, 116-10-2**275

Ben Peterson, Iowa State - 1970-72, two-time NCAA champ, 74-4-0 with 24 falls**

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