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Connecticut Chapter
National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Connecticut chapter 
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 

John Bennett
Coach and Official
Berlin, CT

Patrick Burns
Coach and Official
New Milford, 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

Carmen DelVecchio
Madison, 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

Jason Shaugnessy
Fairfield, CT

Rick Sherman
East Lyme High School
East Lyme, CT

Ricky Shook
Danbury High School
Danbury, CT

Dennis Siegmann
Bristol, 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
Charlie Anderson
Trumbull, CT

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
2019 Board of Directors
Ted Oczkowski, President
203-980-8060, 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, Director
203-828-6580, e-mail:

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

Mark Cammisa, Director
203-790-9209, e-mail:

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

Brian Zaccagnino, Director
860-919-1879, 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
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2016 (banquet)
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2019 (banquet)

Previous induction banquets

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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 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

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
Six inducted in CT chapter of National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Six outstanding individuals from the state’s wrestling community were inducted into the Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. 

The Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame held an induction dinner on Saturday, May 4, 2019 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 received a Lifetime Achievement award for coaches, officials, or contributors with at least 20 years of service. Anderson was 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.

We will be sharing photos and videos from the banquet in the coming weeks.
More photos from our partner at PowerStation
The newest members of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame stand after getting their induction jackets. From left, Patrick Burns, John Bennett, Charlie Anderson, Carmen DelVecchio, Jason Shaughness and Dennis Siegmann.
Connecticut chapter awards 2 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. Kevin McDonald of Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury has been awarded the Scholar Athlete award while Tolland High’s Michael Angers was awarded the Career Achievement award.
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