The Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Sunday September 17th inducted its class of 2017 at the Double Tree Hotel in East Syracuse.

The Upstate New York Chapter is dedicated to the main goals of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame which are (1) recognizing excellence in wrestling in the Upstate New York area; (2) preserving the rich and colorful history of wrestling in New York and (3) inspiring future generations of New Yorkers to participate in one of the oldest and best sports in the world.

2017 Upstate NY Chapter of the National Wrestling HOF inductees

Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling HOF 2017 Inductees

The individuals inducted and receiving the Lifetime Service Award at the dinner were: Wayne Carroll – Section IX Official; Steve Fischbein – Monroe-Woodbury High School; Robert Gately – Section V – LeRoy High School; Rick Gumble – Section IV – Chenango Forks High School; William Kays – Section III – Mexico Academy and Central School and Brad Penrith – Iowa University.  

In addition, this year the Upstate New York Chapter presented Murry Dimon with the Medal of Courage Award, and Charles Palmer, a chef and hotelier, and Stefan (Steve) Banach, a retired Colonel in the United States Army with our Outstanding American Award.

Bob Koshinski was presented with the annual Stanbro Media Award for his work promoting wrestling in the Empire State and Carson (Cork) Armstrong was given the Volunteer Award.

Yianni Diakomihalis, a 2017 graduate of Hilton high school received the Dave Schultz Award and teammate Louie DePrez was awarded the Robert Feldmeier Outstanding Wrestler Award.

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