University of Oregon Wrestling Fans and Alumni
Len Kauffman wanted me to share the note below with you, concerning the induction of one of our distinguished alumni members, Dick Bellock, into the Oregon Chapter of the Wrestling Hall of Fame. The ceremony takes place May 3, 2014. This would be a great opportunity to support, congratulate, and renew friendships with former wrestlers and fans from the State of Oregon. Let’s have a big Oregon table for this big event.
For all the details, see Len’s note following my sign-off. Len also attached a reservation order form for those interested in attending. Thank you.
-Coach Ron Finley
The 20th annual Oregon Chapter, National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Honors Banquet is Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Washington Square Embassy Suites Hotel. Social begins at 4:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30.
One Duck will be induced for Lifetime Service to Wrestling – Dick Bellock. Other Lifetime Service inductees are Joe Wells and Ron Sather, Doug Hislop and Wayne Snoderly. State Senator Frank Morse will be honored as Outstanding American from Oregon. Read short bios below for each inductee.
Please help us honor these fine individuals and celebrate their outstanding careers. Below is the reservation form (PDF file), which you may fill out online and then print. We expect a full house so please send your check and reservation form early.
Hope to see you there.
Senator Frank Morse wrestled four years at Lebanon High School under legendary coach Dick Weisbrodt. After graduating from Northwest Christian University in 1966, he earned a Master’s degree from Oregon State University. In his professional career, he became president of Morse Brothers, Inc., retiring in 2000 and forming a new company, Environ-Metal, Inc. He was elected to the Oregon Senate in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Senator Morse was honored by the Oregon Business Association as 2010 Statesman-of-the-Year. He was a recipient of the OSU College of Business Distinguished Service Award was inducted into the OSU Engineering Hall of Fame in 2011.
Lifetime Service to Wrestling
Dick Bellock coached Waldo Middle School to nine consecutive undefeated dual meet seasons and lost only one dual meet in his ten years there. He started the wrestling programs at both McKay and West Salem high schools and served as athletic director at both new schools. He was head coach at McKay for twelve years and officiated wrestling eighteen years at the high school and collegiate levels.
Doug Hislop has been a wrestling coach and official for over 40 years. He served head coach at LaGrande Middle School and assistant coach at LaGrande High School. During his tenure at LaGrande High School, the Tigers won eleven district team championships and two OSAA team titles. Doug also directed the LaGrande Kid’s Wrestling Program for 28 years. He now serves as Imbler School District superintendent and head wrestling coach. He has served as commissioner of the Northeast Oregon Wrestling Officials Association since 1978.
Ron Sather has been a mainstay in Corvallis wrestling his entire life. After placing in state for the Corvallis Spartans, he enrolled at Oregon State where he lettered all four years and recorded 66 wins as a Beaver. He was runner-up in 1973 at the National Invitational Freestyle Championships. Returning to Corvallis High in 1980, Sather was assistant coach for 8 years and head coach for 23 years. His teams won 224 dual meets. His wrestlers won five individual OSSA State titles, three of those in 2008. He is co-founder of the Orange Crush Wrestling Club.
Wayne Snoderly was a state champion at David Douglas High School. He returned to his alma mater in 1989 and helped the Scots win four Mt. Hood conference championships. He was an assistant for five years before becoming head coach in 1993, a position he held until 2007. He returned in 2009 as an assistant coach and helped David Douglas win the 2013 Oregon 6-A state team title. Snoderly started the David Douglas Youth Wrestling program in 1994 that continues today.
Joe Wells spent half of his coaching career in Oregon, guiding Oregon State as head coach for fourteen years. In 1994, the Beavers won the Pacific-10 conference title and placed fourth in NCAA tournament. The following year, Wells’ team finished second at nationals with four All-Americans. Before heading west, Wells coached at the high school level for three years and then thirteen years as an assistant at the University of Michigan. He was named national Assistant-Coach-of-the-Year in 1988. Joe served as assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic teams in 1988 and 1992, and was the U.S. team freestyle coach at the 1990 World Championships.