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Wrestling’s Dana Holland Set for Induction in IWCOA Hall of Fame

Sep 17, 2021
Dana Holland '03 will be inducted into the IWCOA Hall of Fame Sept. 19 for his accomplishments as a high school wrestler.

COUNTRYSIDE, Illinois - The Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) will hold its 49th Hall of Fame Banquet in Countryside, Ill. Sunday, Sept. 19 and Sun Devil Dana Holland is one of 16 honorees selected for this year's induction ceremony. Holland was a three-time state champion and two-time highschool All-American prior to competing at ASU 2000-03.
The IWCOA will look to induct its new members at the 2020 Hall of Fame bequest at 5:30 at the Holiday Inn- Countryside.
2020 Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Jim Boyd
  • Tyrone Byrd
  • Bob Culbertson
  • Steve Endsley
  • Cal Ferry
  • Pete Friedl
  • Brian Glynn
  • Dana Holland
  • Fred Kroner
  • Mark Malley
  • Ken Mansell
  • Israel Martinez
  • Kevin Milder
  • Dr. Seth Norton
  • Brad Owens
  • Jason Salley

Holland joined Sun Devil Wrestling ahead of the 2000-01 season. The Glendale Heights, Ill. native earned his associate's degree at Iowa Central where he was a 2000 NJCAA National and regional champion. His athletic impact at Iowa Central was recognized in 2013 when he was inducted into the Iowa Central Titans Athletics Hall of Fame.
Holland had an exceptional high school career at Glenbard North High School. As a multi-sport athlete earning letters in football and wrestling, he secured various high achievements in wrestling. The 1995-96, 1996-97, and 1997-98 seasons saw Holland named a DuPage Valley Conference Champion, and he  earned Illinois High School Association Region IHSAR titles in the 130, 135, and 140 lbs divisions. Holland was a two-time IHSA Sectional Champion en route to claiming three All-State nods. He concluded his senior campaign with a 46-1 record. To cap off his electric career as a Spartan, the two-time high school All-American won the 140 lb division to earn the title of 1998 State Champion, defeating Jerrell Jones of Thornwood.
As a Sun Devil, he continued to build his impressive resume, lettering in 2001, 2002, and 2003 while wrestling at 141 lb. Holland's career ended with an exceptional 2003 season. He finished with a 35-9 overall record, going 20-6 in tournaments, 15-3 in duals (with a 5-0 record in Pac-10 duals), and 8-7 against top-20 opponents. His successes earned him top ranking spots at No. 7 by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 9 by InterMat going into the 2003 Pac-10 Championships. He surpassed these rankings when he secured second at 141 lb in the Pac-10 Tournament, losing in a 3-2 decision to Gabe Vigil of Boise State.
Holland finished just shy of All-American status at the NCAA Championships. Going into the tournament, Holland was ranked as a 7-seed. A fourth-round consolation match loss against Josh Moore of Penn State kept him one match away from earning his first collegiate All-American honor.
About the IWCOA:
Upon the completion of its first All-State Banquet to recognize athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and media in 1971, the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Associations put forth plans to institute a state-wide Hall of Fame.  The objective was to select a group of wrestlers, coaches and contributors whose contributions and accomplishments were exemplary. Since 1972, the IWCOA has recognized 577 men and women for induction into the Hall of Fame.