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Connecticut Chapter
National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Connecticut inductees 
in National Wrestling 
Hall of Fame

Lifetime Service Award
Joseph James Alissi
West Hartford, CT

Daryl Arroyo
Springfield College
Milford, CT

George F. Beaudry
Conard High School
West Hartford, CT 

Mark Cammisa
Danbury Youth Wrestling and USA Wrestling CT

John Chacho
Coach and official
Westport, CT

Abraham Chamie
Coach and Official
Ivoryton, CT

Frank Chaves
Coach and official
Simsbury, CT

Brian T. Crudden
Windham High School
Windham, CT

James Cunningham
Holy Cross High School
Waterbury, CT

Jim Day
Berlin High School
Berlin, CT

Ken DeStefanis
Central Connecticut State
New Britain, CT

Stephen Eldridge
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Salem, CT

Walter Jadach
Derby High School
Derby, CT

David F. Kanute
Southington Youth Wrestling
Southington, CT

John Lawless
Nonnewaug High
Woodbury, CT

Rodney G. Leyland
Ledyard High School
Ledyard, CT

Brian Manzi
Southington, CT

Ray Mainville
Coach and official
Maloney HIgh
Meriden, CT

Michael Morris
Coach and official
Danbury High
Danbury, CT

Bernard Nasser
Coach and official
Fitch-Groton, CT

Arthur B. Powers
Berlin, CT

Franklin H. Robinson
White Plains (N.Y.) High School; Hall High School
West Hartford, CT

Glenn R. Rupert
Waterford High School
Waterford, CT

Robert M. Serrano
Brookfield and New Farifield High Schools, Coach and official
Brewster, New York

Rick Sherman
East Lyme High School
East Lyme, CT

Ricky Shook
Danbury High School
Danbury, CT

Carl Snitkin
Norwich Free Academy
Norwich, CT

Roger Vertefeuille
Bulkeley High School 
Hartford, CT

John A. Vino
Stonington, CT

Arthur Peter Ziegler
East Lyme and Montville High Schools
Oakdale, CT

Medal of Courage Award
PFC Jeffrey Francis Braun
Stafford, CT

Mark C. Lawrence
Glastonbury, CT

Andrew Levitt
State of Connecticut

Staff Sgt. Joseph Kapacziewski
Bristol, CT

Outstanding American Award
Gralyn Harris
Waterbury, CT

Richard M. Larrabee
State of Connecticut

Michael P. Morris, Jr.
Coach and official
New Milford, Hebron, Colchester

Erik Weihenmayer
Weston, CT
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

Connecticut chapter
2015 Board of Directors
Ted Oczkowski, President
203-797-9460, Ext. 4884, e-mail:

Dr. Erich Doubek, Treasurer and Vice President, Finance
860-354-8583, e-mail:

Gerry deSimas, Jr., Corresponding Secretary
860-673-5483, e-mail:

Nick Grosso, Vice President, Nominations
203-404-3324, e-mail:

Carmen Delvecchio, Banquet Coordinator
860-669-2815, e-mail:

Mark Cammisa, Director
914-241-9170, e-mail:

Gary Tilbe, Director
203-266-7702, e-mail:

Nick Grosso, Director
203-404-3324, e-mail:

Andrew Duperre, Director
860-763-0375, e-mail:

Kevin Holmgren, Director
860-460-0217, e-mail:

National Contacts
Lee Roy Smith 
405-377-5243; e-mail:

Krista Graff
405-742-470; e-mail:

National Wrestling 
Hall of Fame

Induction banquet photos

Previous induction banquets

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Copyright 2016
Connecticut Chapter, National Wrestling Hall of Fame

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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 National Wrestling Hall of Fame by the Connecticut Chapter. 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

Nomination form

With your nomination, please include: 
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
1. Integrity
2. At least 20 years of service to wrestling
3. A commitment to the community and the youth in it

Outstanding American
1. Integrity
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
2016 National Wrestling Hall of Fame induction
Connecticut men inducted into National Hall of Fame
PROSPECT, April 16, 2016 -- Four outstanding individuals from the state’s wrestling community were inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame's Connecticut chapter at Aria's in Prospect. 

n Daryl Arroyo, a Milford native and former head coach at Springfield College 
n Mark Cammisa, a youth wrestling coach and coordinator in Danbury and with USA Connecticut Wrestling
n John Lawless, the former head coach and athletic director at Nonnewaug in Woodbury
n Lieutenant Colonel Michael P. Morris, Jr., a former youth wrestling coach and coordinator in New Milford, Colchester, Hebron and Danbury and an assistant coach at Bacon Academy

Arroyo, Cammisa and Lawless received a Lifetime Achievement award for coaches, officials, or contributors with at least 20 years of service. Morris was recognized as an Outstanding American, a former wrestler who is highly successful in his/her profession.

All four 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 four will join 34 other inductees from Connecticut in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Banquet photos available
Click on the following link to photos taken by our official banquet photographer as soon as we receive it from them. You can check out a few photos taken by our committee on our Facebook page.

2016 scholarships
State chapter awards three scholarships
​The Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame has awarded $500 scholarships to three deserving athletes who will be continuing their education in college this fall. Fairfield Warde’s Charles Kane has been awarded the Career Achievement scholarship while New Fairfield’s Alec Opsal and New Milford’s Bryan Rojas were each awarded a Scholar Athlete award.

Opsal will attend the Air Force Academy while Rojas will attend New York University. Kane has announced his college choice yet.

Learn more about the 2016 scholarship recipients
From left, Mark Cammisa, Michael P. Morris, Jr., Daryl Arroyo and John Lawless were inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame by the Connecticut chapter.