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Earl Stottler Hall of Fame Banquet; Hall of Fame Banquet
Topic Started: Sep 17 2015, 01:14 PM (744 Views)
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Dear Wrestling Advocate,
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame will honor Earl Stottler of Starbuck, MN as the Medal of Courage Award Winner at a an upcoming banquet to be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Country Inn & Suites in Benson, MN. The social hour will be from 5-6 p.m., Dinner, at 6 pm, and the program will follow.
Earl was a 4-time state entrant in high school, and a MN State High School State Champion in a one class system at Princeton High School his senior year ( in 1958), and runner-up his junior year in Benson, MN.
Earl continued his wrestling at Moorhead State, becoming MSUís first NAIA national champ in 1961. Earl officiated for twelve years, and he graduated from NDSU in 1969. After one year at Milbank, SD Earl moved to Starbuck where he served as the head wrestling and assistant football coach thru 1986, when health concerns forced him to give up coaching.
Earlís team won the District 21 title in 1972, and under the name Waska Warriors (Starbuck and Glenwood) earned the District 22 title, and was second place to powerhouse Stapes in Region 6A. Earl earned Region 6 Coach of the Year honors that year, and he was inducted into the Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame in 1991, and also the Moorhead State University Dragon Hall of Fame in 1997.
Earl coached 67 Conference Champs, 58 District Champs, 10 Region Champs, and 11 State entrants.
Earl continued to battle adversity and showed much courage in overcoming a major heart attack in 1986. Earl continued to give back to the sport as a color commentator for area radio stations broadcasting wrestling matches, a PA announcer, running the scoreboard and clock, and as a Coaches Rep from District 21, 22, and also from Region 6A. He is currently serving on the Dave Bartelma Hall of Fame Committee.
A major stroke in 2011 paralyzed Earl, but his ability to continue to fight the odds and rehab shows the same role model abilities he had as a coach to take one step at a time today. Earl always went over wrestling tape with his four grandsons, and is still passionate about the sport today. The National Hall and the state of Minnesota is proud to honor Earl Stottler.
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City, State, Zip
Home Phone ( ) _____
Work Phone ( )__________________________________________
Email address:_______________________________________________
#of Tickets Ordered @ $32.00 each for adults, $20 for students = $ ________________
Make checks Payable to: MWCA

Send Order Form by October 6th to:
Steve Ricard
405 15th S t. North
Benson, MN 56215
320-843-4508(h) 320-843-2710 (w) 320-444-0569 (cell)

_____We would like to honor Earl Stottler and support the National Wrestling Hall of Fame by sending a special contribution of $________, Contributions are tax deductible.
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