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.
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 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
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
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.
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.