Brookfield and New Farifield High Schools, Coach and official
Brewster, New York
East Lyme High School
East Lyme, CT
Danbury High School
Norwich Free Academy
Bulkeley High School
John A. Vino
Arthur Peter Ziegler
East Lyme and Montville High Schools
Medal of Courage Award
PFC Jeffrey Francis Braun
Mark C. Lawrence
State of Connecticut
Staff Sgt. Joseph Kapacziewski
Outstanding American Award
Richard M. Larrabee
State of Connecticut
Michael P. Morris, Jr.
Coach and official
New Milford, Hebron, Colchester
What we do
The Connecticut Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors individuals in three ways:
The Lifetime Service Award Program, coordinated by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, is designed to honor and recognize dedicated wrestling people for their years of commitment to young people. The award is not about win/loss records. It is about a person’s dedicated efforts to help young people to not only succeed in wrestling, but also in life.
The Medal of Courage Award is given to a wrestler who has overcome overwhelming adversity to be successful on the mats and in his own life.
The Outstanding American Award is presented to an individual who was a former wrestler and has received state or national acclaim in his/her chosen profession.
Each award recipient is permanently recognized in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Stillwater, Oklahoma) with an embossed name plaque, and each receives a plaque and jacket to commemorate this very special occasion.
Who to contact
2018 Board of Directors
Ted Oczkowski, President
203-980-8060, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Erich Doubek, Treasurer and Vice President, Finance
Connecticut Chapter, National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Welcome to the home of the Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The Connecticut chapter is a direct extension of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Chapter and Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The Connecticut chapter provides outreach and support for the National Hall. Our chapter was formed to honor committed coaches, officials, contributors and other deserving individuals from Connecticut.
Any person may nominate an individual for induction into the Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Please complete and submit the nomination form below.
For any questions regarding nominations and submission of information, please contact Nick Grosso, Vice President, Nominations by e-mail at
A letter over your signature telling why the nominee is a valid candidate for election
A detailed resume of the candidate’s personal history and qualifications
A minimum of three letters of character reference and support of the nomination
Further documentation (copies of articles, tributes, etc.) is welcome
Criteria for awards
Lifetime Service to Wrestling
Coach, official, contributor
2. At least 20 years of service to wrestling
3. A commitment to the community and the youth in it
2. Former wrestler at some point in their life
3. Highly successful in their profession or nationally famous for their work
4. Used the disciplines learned in wrestling to reach those levels
Medal of Courage
1. A current or former wrestler who has overcome exceptional challenges
Chapter awards scholarships
The Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame has awarded $500 scholarships to two deserving athletes who will be continuing their education in college this fall.
Jarod Kosman of Fitch in Groton has been awarded the Eric Weihenmayer Scholarship while Demetre Carnot of Maloney High in Meriden was awarded the Scholar Athlete award. Kosman was recognized with the Eric Weihenmayer Scholarship for his excellence mat and for the exceptional adversity and challenges he has overcome to succeed.
Six to be inducted in CT chapter of National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Six outstanding individuals from the state’s wrestling community have been selected for induction into the Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame will hold an induction dinner on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the MGM Hotel at Foxwoods to honor these men for their contribution to the sport of wrestling and our communities. The six men are:
•Colonel Charles Anderson, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient who has served in the Connecticut Army National Guard for more than 30 years, and as the head wrestling coach at both Trumbull High and Norwalk High
•John Bennett, a coach, official and four-time member of the U.S. Veterans World team
•Patrick Burns, former New Milford High coach, an official and CIAC wrestling committee member
•Carmen DelVecchio, one of the top officials in New England and in the nation
•Jason Shaughnessy, the high school coach at Fairfield Warde and Fairfield High and founder and coach with the Police Athletic League (PAL) youth wrestling program in Fairfield
•Dennis Siegmann, the former head coach at Bristol Central High for 22 years and an assistant coach at two junior colleges that won four national championships in six years
Bennett, Burns, DelVecchio, Shaughnessy and Siegmann will receive a Lifetime Achievement award for coaches, officials, or contributors with at least 20 years of service. Anderson is being recognized as an Outstanding American, a former wrestler who is highly successful in his/her profession.
All six men will be permanently recognized in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Stillwater, Oklahoma) with an embossed name plaque, and each receives a plaque and jacket to commemorate the very special occasion. These six will join 38 other inductees in the Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.