Feb. 6, 2013
WATERLOO, Iowa -
Army head coach Joe Heskett is one of five former NCAA wrestling champions that will be inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa on June 9, it was announced this week. The Hall of Fame is located inside the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum.
The Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa was established in 2002 to honor people who have made an impact on the sport on a national level, or who have done extraordinary work in the state of Iowa. The hall recognizes native-born Iowans, and those who achieved their fame while wrestling or coaching for an Iowa school.
The Class of 2013 includes Heskett, Troy Steiner, Terry Steiner, Kirk Myers and Dale Brand.
Heskett was an NCAA champion and a four-time All-American (1999-2002) at Iowa State. He placed third at the NCAA tournament as a freshman, second as a sophomore and as a junior, and first as a senior. The former Cyclone compiled a 143-9 career college record with 58 pins. He also placed fifth at the 2007 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
"First and foremost, I would like to thank the selection committee, as well as the Dan Gable Museum and Glen Brand Hall of Fame," said Heskett. "I would also like to congratulate my fellow inductees. As I reflect upon my career, I am so grateful for the sport of wrestling and its role in developing my character and mentality. Being recognized in my sport at the highest level is an absolute honor. This humbling honor is an extension of the love and support that I have received throughout my life. This induction directly correlates to the love and sacrifice of the woman who raised, supported and mentored me, my grandmother, Evelyn.
"I am blessed beyond belief, and this induction is shared with all my coaches, specifically Bobby Douglas and my high school coach Bill Barger. This honor is also shared with my family, close friends, the Iowa State community, the Cal Poly and Ohio State communities and the community here at West Point. In closing, this honor is shared with my three gold medals Olivia, Ava and Joey."
Heskett began his coaching career as an assistant at Cal Poly before joining the staff at Ohio State. He spent four highly-successful seasons in Columbus before taking over the reins of the Army program prior to the 2010-11 campaign.
Heskett is now in the midst of his third season as head coach at West Point. Since his arrival, Heskett has helped the Black Knights knock off a pair of nationally-ranked opponents, including an eye-catching 23-22 win over his alma mater in the season opener last year.
A banquet honoring all award winners will be held at Sunnyside Country Club in Waterloo on Sunday, June 9. For more information contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is a not-for-profit organization based out of Waterloo, Iowa. The mission of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is to preserve history, recognize excellence and inspire future generations.