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Ches Anderson

Ches Anderson of Saskatoon is known as one of Saskatchewan's most successful wrestling coaches. Serving at the University of Saskatchewan, he developed champion wrestlers for nearly two decades; his teams captured the Canada West University title five times between 1959 and 1969. During his 13 season tenure, Anderson was the first U of S coach to take a team to the Canadian University Wrestling Championships and also became the Saskatchewan Provincial Coach for the first Canada Winter Games at Quebec City in 1967.

For two decades, Anderson sat on the provincial wrestling association executive, initially as Chairman when the organization operated under the auspices of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada and later as first President of the Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association in 1970. An internationally ranked official, Anderson represented Canada at the World Championships both at Toledo in 1968 and Edmonton in 1980. He was a founding member of the Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Officials Association during the 1960s and 1970s and offered leadership as chair for a number of years. In addition, he served as Secretary-Treasurer and then Vice-President of the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Officials Association during the 1970s.

Anderson is recognized as a pioneer in Saskatchewan high school wrestling. He assisted in organizing the first ever high school championship in 1964 at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition, he offered a distinct contribution to rules development, producing Saskatchewan's first-ever provincial rule book. A few years later, he assisted in developing a rule book for the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on June 19, 1993.

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Clarence Bligh

Clarence Bligh, the founding chairman of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, had a wide and varied career in amateur sport.

As an active participant, he earned a number of provincial boxing and wrestling junior heavyweight championships. In Saskatchewan's jubilee year - 1955 - he is credited with being one of the major forces in attracting the amateur finals in boxing, wrestling and track and field to the province.

During his career with the Regina City Police, he was active in the promotion of Little League baseball in Regina and was also President of the Police Curling and Sports Association.

His contribution to amateur sport earned him the position of President of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada (Saskatchewan branch) from 1951 to 1955. He was President of the A.A.U. of Canada in 1960.

Clarence Bligh was also involved with the promotion and development of lawn bowling in Regina and the province. In 1949 and again in 1954 he held the office of President of the Saskatchewan Lawn Bowling Association.

In 1972 he was elected President of the Canadian Lawn Bowling Council and was general chairman of the 1973 lawn bowling national championships which were staged in Regina.

In time of Installation citation read March 27,1976.

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Donald Clark

Donald Clark

Football, Wrestling B.A. (P.E.) '65, B.Ed. '66

Don Clark graduated from Kipling High School and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1961.

Don was an outstanding lineman with the Huskie football team for five years. He was a WCIAA All star for two years and served as co-captain of the team in 1964-65. He also served as an assistant coach for the team in 1965-66.

He was a member of the Huskie wrestling team for four years competing as a heavyweight. He was 1964-65 WCIAA Champion and Saskatchewan Champion in 1966-67.

For his participation in football and wrestling, he was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1964-65. His university career was highlighted in 1965 when he was awarded the prestigious McDonald Cup for having best portrayed high qualities of sportsmanship and leadership.

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Brian Claypool

Brian Claypool was born in Lucky Lake but did most of his growing up in Saskatoon. He was the second oldest of seven children raised by Ralph and Ellen Claypool. All have grown up around horses. While attending E.D. Feehan High School, Brian won Saskatoon and Saskatchewan wrestling titles in the 130-pound division in 1971 and he was a member of Team Saskatchewan at the Canadian championships.

In 1966, he and brother Howard went to the Calgary Stampede and Brian rode in the boys' steer riding competition at the age of 14. He was also riding in Saskatoon at the same time. By 1973, Brian was working the rodeo full time and a year later, he won the bull riding title for the first time at the Calgary Stampede. He was also starting to make a mark on the American circuit, including this stop at Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was Canadian bull riding champion in 1975 and 1976, runner-up in 1977, and set a record for most money won in a single season of bull riding in 1975. He qualified for the American rodeo finals in 1974 and 1976, tied for third and fourth in 1976, won all-round cowboy awards in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Brian was competing on the American circuit when he lost his life in a plane crash on May 22, 1979.

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Danny Donison

Born in the Avonlea District of Saskatchewan in 1932, Danny Donison had an outstanding career in the sport of wrestling, both as an athlete and as a builder.

He began wrestling in 1950 at the old YMCA in Regina, under the tutelage of Roy Ohashi. Between 1953 and 1968 he won six Saskatchewan Championships in the Lightweight, welterweight and middleweight categories. On five occasions he placed second at the Provincial level.

In 1955 he captured the Canadian lightweight title, was second in 1956, and tied for third in 1957.

In 1958 he won the Manitoba Championship as a lightweight, and was given the outstanding wrestler award.

Danny Donison put time and energy into his sport in other ways. Between 1954 and 1965 he coached at the Regina Wrestling Club, and from 1955 to 1960 he was the Chairman of the Wrestling committee for the Saskatchewan Branch of the amateur Athletic Union of Canada.

During his wrestling career Danny was also involved in promoting amateur and free-style wrestling in Regina and communities throughout Saskatchewan. He served for two years as Secretary of the Regina Caps Hockey Club, and from 1955 to 1968 as Secretary-Treasurer of the Regina Boxing and Wrestling Club.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame June 5, 1982.

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Lee Donison

Lee Donison the eldest of the wrestling Donison brothers, was born March 9, 1928, and raised in the Avonlea, Saskatchewan District.

Although better known as a boxer, he was also an outstanding wrestler. He won the Provincial Heavyweight wrestling championship four consecutive years between 1953 and 1956, placing second in 1957. He won the most outstanding wrestler award at the Provincial Championships in 1954.

As a boxer he won seven provincial titles between 1952 and 1963; as a light heavyweight in 1952 and heavyweight in 1953 to 1957.

He retired from active competition from 1958 to 1962, then won the Provincial and Canadian Light Heavyweight Championship in 1963.

He twice placed second at the National Level - in 1953 as a Heavyweight and in 1954 as a Light Heavyweight, and was chosen as an alternate for the Canadian Team at the 1954 British Empire Games in Vancouver.

Lee Donison is the only athlete in Canada to have won Provincial Titles in both Boxing and Wrestling four times. This was accomplished in successive years between 1953 and 1956.

He also served his sports as provincial Chairman of Boxing and Wrestling in 1953 and 1954, and as chairman of Boxing from 1955 to 1958 and 1962,63.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame June 5, 1982.

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Sebastien Donison

Butch Donison, the youngest of the Donison brothers, was born near Avonlea, Saskatchewan. His career as a wrestler spanned fifteen years during which time he compiled an outstanding record. He is the only Canadian wrestler to have competed in every weight class in Provincial competition, placing first in all except one.

Between 1953 and 1967 Butch won thirteen Provincial Championships, and placed second on two occasions. At the Canadian level he won titles in 1955 as a featherweight and in 1966 and 1967 as a middle weight. He twice placed second at the Nationals, in 1958 and 1963.

At the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica, Butch captured the silver medal in the middle weight division.

Butch attended the University of Denver on an athletic grant and placed second in the conference wrestling championships on three occasions, and second in the Rocky Mountain Region A.A.U. Championships.

After his last Canadian title in 1967 he retired from active competition. In addition to his participation as an athlete he was also involved as a coach at the Regina Wrestling Club between 1965 and 1967 and coached the University of Regina wrestling team in 1968 and 1969.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame June 5, 1982.

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Gordon Garvie

Wrestling, Football (B.Ed. '69, B.A.(P.E.) '70, M.Sc '70)

Gord Garvie graduated from Nutana Collegiate and entered the University of Saskatchewan in the fall of 1964.

During his five years as a Huskie wrestler, he captured four WCIAA titles and three National CIAU championships. While a student at the University he was selected to Canada's Olympic Wrestling team that competed at Mexico City in 1968. He was also a member of the National Wrestling Team that toured extensively internationally. When he retired from active competition, he became National Wrestling coach and coached the 1976 Olympic team.

He was a four year member of the Huskie football team and was selected to the Western All-Star team on three occasions. His football career was highlighted in 1967 when he captured the Western scoring championship and was selected the league's Most Valuable Player.

For four consecutive years (1967-1970), Gord Garvie was awarded the E. Kent Phillips trophy as the University's Outstanding Male Athlete.

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Gord has had an outstanding career as an athlete and as a coach. His football career started in high school for the Nutana Collegiate Blues from 1959 to 1961. He moved up to the Junior Hilltops and played with them from 1962 to 1965. He performed for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies from 1966 to 1969. During his career, he earned seven all-star ratings, was selected as the league's most valuable player and in 1969, was nominated for the Hec Creighton Trophy. For four consecutive years he was named athlete of the year for the Huskies.

In wrestling, for the U.of S. Huskies he won four conference championships, three Canadian inter-collegiate titles and was amateur champion in 1969. He represented Canada at the 1968 Mexico Olympics and the 1969 World championships. Gord's coaching career began in 1970 at Lakehead University. From 1973 to 1976, he coached Canada's wrestling teams in the World Cup, Commonwealth Games, world championships and the 1976 Montreal Olympics. He returned to Saskatoon in 1980 and was named U of S coach of the year in 1985 and 1986.

In 1986, he was inducted first into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame and then into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

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Date: [between 1969 and 1970]

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Robert Gibbons

Robert Gibbons

Football, Wrestling (B.S.A. '79)

Bob came to the University of Saskatchewan from Balcarres in 1972 and immediately became involved in two varsity sports which seemed suitable to his size and stature. In football he played on the line from 1972 through 1976 and twice won all-star honors within the Western Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

During the winter Bob took part in wrestling capturing Western Canadian titles before winning the gold medal at heavyweight in 1977 CIAU competition. He had other experiences with Team Canada Wrestling at both the 1976 and 1977 World Cup before blooming as an international athlete. At the 1978 British Commonwealth Games held in Edmonton, Alberta, Bob went undefeated to capture the British Commonwealth super-heavyweight title.

Other significant awards presented to Bob were in 1977 when he was named athlete of the year at the University of Saskatchewan, and in 1978 when he was named the most outstanding wrestler at the Canadian Open Championships when he won national titles in both Greco-Roman as well as freestyle wrestling.

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Lionel LaBerge

Lionel LaBerge

Football, Wrestling (B.A. '39)

Lionel LaBerge entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1936. During his five years on campus he competed in football and wrestling.

"One Man Gang" LaBerge was a dominating figure in both football and wrestling from 1936 to 1940. An outstanding football player, Lionel led the Huskies to two Western Intercollegiate Championships. He captained the 1940 team and was on two occasions selected to the Western Intercollegiate all-star team.

Lionel "One Man Gang" LaBerge was one of the earliest University of Saskatchewan wrestlers to become a dominant figure in intervarsity wrestling. He captured four consecutive intervarsity light heavyweight titles. He led the Huskies to four consecutive intervarsity Assault-at-Arms victories.

He was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1940.

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Date: 1940

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Gerald Lashyn

Football, Wrestling BSPE'85, BEd'86

Gerald Lashyn graduated from Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1981.

Gerald was a member of the football team for five years and the wrestling team for four years. He was selected a Canada West All Star and a CIAU All Canadian as a linebacker in 1984. That same year he was selected as Canada West's Outstanding Defensive Football Player.

In 1985, Gerald captured a gold medal at the Canada West Wrestling Championship and a bronze medal at the CIAU Championships.

In 1985, Gerald was awarded the E. Kent Phillips Trophy as the University's Outstanding Male Athlete. That same year he received the prestigious MacDonald Trophy for leadership, sportsmanship and athletic ability.

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Ray Lougheed

Born in 1934 in Ontario, Ray had an outstanding competitive career in the sport of wrestling, beginning in 1953 at the Moose Jaw Wrestling and Barbell Club.

Between 1954 and 1967, he won Saskatchewan championships in the lightweight and welterweight categories ten times and placed 2nd on four other occasions. He won 6 Canadian Titles between 1956 and 1965 - 4 for freestyle and 2 Greco Roman. He won Manitoba titles and was Western Canada Lightweight Champion in 1965.

1958 - a highlight year in Ray's career; he entered the British Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales and he won the British Commonwealth Tournament in London, England.

1960 - Ray was 8th in the Olympic Games in Rome. Five years later he competed in the World Championship in Manchester, England, and the British Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica - this time a silver medal.

Ray was selected a member of the Canada-U.S.A. Team competing iin Vancouver against the Japanese National Team at the B.C. Centennial International Wrestling Meet, and he captured a silver medal at the Winnipeg Pan American Games.

A very impressive career for our Moose Jaw wrestler, coached by Dave Pyle. Ray was a highly dedicated athlete with a burning desire to succeed, and succeed he did!

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, Ray Lougheed.

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Robert Lowe

Bob Lowe has been a tireless organizer of wrestling programs and tournaments in Regina's schools and also founded the Northwest/Underdog Wrestling Club in Regina, serving as their head coach since 1965. Lowe has served as Head Coach of the Canadian National Team and the Canadian National Junior Team. Between 1980 and 1983, Bob was the Head Coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, out of the University of Iowa, who won two NCAA National titles and contained members who went on to win gold and silver at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

The accomplishments of Bob Lowe as a wrestling coach are best seen in the amazing list of champions developed under his tutelage. Jeff Thue, Olympic Silver medallist in 1992, was guided by Bob Lowe for many years. Bob has coached 20 teams to the Provincial High School Championship title and over 40 teams to the Provincial Open Championship title. Over 300 individuals under his guidance have been named Provincial Champions. Lowe has led the Northwest/Underdog Club to three National Team Championships in 1977, 1987 and 1992. He was also the coach of two Canada Cup championship teams, three Jeux Canada Games championship teams, two United States Wrestling Federation National championship teams and one Pacific Rim Tournament championship team.

Bob Lowe's exceptional skills as a wrestling coach have not gone unnoticed by the sporting world. He has been named the Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association Coach of the Year 12 times. Twice he has been selected as the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association Junior Coach of the Year. In 1993 Bob received the 3M Coaching Canada Award in the male individual category from the Coaching Association of Canada. Bob's commitment to amateur wrestling continues and so to will the championships earned under his guidance.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on June 18, 1994.

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Dan Matheson

Dan Matheson was born in 1893 in Prince Edward Island. At an early age he joined the Regina City Police. He is well remembered as "The Big Police Sergeant". His love and interest in wrestling flourished during these early years.

Matheson was Canadian Heavyweight Wrestling Champion in 1923, '24, '25 and '31. He was also a silver medallist in 1921 and 1932.

In 1919 he was instrumental in organizing the YMCA Boxing and Wrestling Club. By 1922 he was club president and developed the sport in Regina.

In early years travel funds were raised by staging wrestling cards. Matheson organized, sold tickets and performed. Funds were used by the athletes to travel to Canadian championships.

Matheson coached many outstanding athletes. Among them, Jim Trifunov, Earl McCready and Vern Pettigrew, who represented Canada at Olympic and Empire Games. Between them they brought 30 national medals home.

The honour and fame Matheson earned as an athlete was surpassed only by his ability and dedication as a leader. He remained involved with the Boxing and Wrestling Commission until his death in 1950.

Dan Matheson was honoured by his home province, Prince Edward Island, in their Hall of Fame. Today, Saskatchewan remembers Dan Matheson and his many accomplishments.

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Earl McCready

Earl McCready was born in Lansdown, Ontario but established a standard of wrestling achievement while living in Saskatchewan that may never be equaled.

He was Canadian heavyweight wrestling champion in 1926, 1927, 1928 and 1930; U.S. National AAU Heavyweight Champion in 1930 and British Empire and Commonwealth Games Heavyweight Champion in 1930. In addition while attending Oklahoma A and M, he was U.S. National Intercollegiate Heavyweight Champion in 1928, 1929 and 1930. Of particular note during his many 1930 accomplishments is the fact that he won every bout by a fall.

At time of installation citation read March 31, 1973.

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Bob Molle

Bob Molle was born in Saskatoon on Sept. 23, 1962 and grew up in the Evan Hardy Collegiate area where he experienced his first success in wrestling and football.

As a wrestler, he won the Saskatoon high school heavyweight championship and later the provincial championship before enrolling at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

He was the Canadian heavyweight champion four times, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987. He was a bronze medallist at the Pan-American Games and a fifth-place finisher at the world championships at Kiev, Russia, in 1983. He was a bronze medallist at the World Cup in Toledo, Ohio, in 1984.

Molle won the silver medal in the heavyweight division at the Olympic Games at Los Angeles in 1984. Twenty-one days before the Olympics, he underwent back surgery in Vancouver. He flew to Los Angeles, coaches watched him on a day-by-day basis, allowed him to wrestle and he won his first four matches to qualify for the final.

In 1986, Molle achieved a significant feat by becoming the first heavyweight wrestler in history to win four straight American National Amateur Intercollegiate titles. He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Hall Of Fame in 1992.

In football, he played on four Evan Hardy teams, winning the provincial in 1980, and played one year with Saskatoon Hilltops before being recruited by Simon Fraser.

After becoming the first Canadian to win All-American honors as an offensive lineman at SFU in 1985, he was a first-round draft pick by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1985. He played defence the first year and then seven seasons as an offensive tackle. He played on the 1988 Bombers, who beat British Columbia in the Grey Cup final, and he was captain of the 1990 Bombers, who beat Edmonton Eskimos in the final.

Molle and his wife, Karen, live in Winnipeg and have two children and are expecting a third. He remains active in wrestling, having been named Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union wrestling coach of the year in 1991 and 1993, the two years his team has won the national crown.

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Timothy Molnar

Football, Wrestling B.Sc. (Adv.) '80, B.Ed. '81

Tim Molnar graduated from Thom Collegiate in Regina and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1974.

He was a member of the Huskie Football team for five years. An outstanding two-way player at fullback and linebacker, Tim was selected to the WIFL All Star Team on two occasions.

He competed on the Huskie wrestling team for five years during which time he captured CWUAA gold and CIAU silver medals. While a student at the University, Tim represented Saskatchewan at Canadian Senior, Canada Winter Games and Olympic Trials competitions.

His athletic career was highlighted in 1978-79 when he was awarded the E. Kent Phillips Trophy as the University's outstanding male athlete.

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Howard Nixon

Born in 1928, Dr. Nixon has spent most of his adult life in the service of others He was an excellent athlete in high school, a four letter athlete at the University of British Columbia and a Varsity coach in seven sports. His administrative skills were put to the test many times.

He chaired and organized the Canadian wrestling championships and Olympic trials and also aided in staging the Pan-American Gymnastic championships. Howard was on the board of directors of the 1971 Canada Games. When the Saskatoon Participaction movement needed a push, Dr. Nixon was right there. As its Vice-chairman in 1974, he co-ordinated the great "Ga Lunka Lop" when Saskatoon twinned with Umea, Sweden. In 1979, Nixon acted as Vice-president and sport organizer for the Western Canada Summer Games.

Regardless of the activity, whenever a national sporting activity comes to Saskatoon, Howard is not far away. He was selected the 1974 Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year. In 1986, he was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame and the following year into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

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Terry Paice

1953 was the year, Whitewood, Saskatchewan the location for the birth of Terry Paice.

His remarkable career began at age 12, in Moose Jaw, at the bar bell fitness centre, under the direction of coach Dave Pyle.

At 13 years of age, Paice was a silver medal winner in provincial men's open championships. This was the beginning of a long and impressive list of accomplishments and accolades to come his way.

In 1972 as a first year university student of coach Gord Garvie in Thunder Bay, Ontario, he won the C.I.A.U. gold medal for 177 lbs and was named "freshman of the year". Two years later he was "athlete of the year" in Thunder Bay and Canada's outstanding wrestler.

Terry's record of achievements in university hold an all time wrestling record - most pins ever; most points in one season; most wins ever.

Medals won at western Canada, Pan American, and Commonwealth games, and Canadian championships include 20 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze. Paice represented us well in the 1976 Olympic games, and international tournaments in the U.S.A. and Cuba.

In 1977 he became Saskatchewan's first provincial wrestling coach. His continuing contribution to the sport of wrestling is recognized tonight and we thank you Terry Paice.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame June 18th, 1988.

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Vernon Pettigrew

A member of the Regina YMCA Wrestling Club and the Olympic Boxing and Wrestling Club, Vern wrestled his way to five Canadian Amateur Wrestling championships in 1933, 1935, 1937 and 1940. He was a member of the Canadian Olympic team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

While still actively competing he coached many other wrestlers at Regina YMCA during the 1933-40 period. He was appointed to the Regina Boxing and Wrestling Commission in 1956 - A position he still holds.

Vern Pettigrew's coaching and promotion of Amateur Wrestling in the province continued during the 1940's and 1950's and is considered to be one of the prime factors in the development of many fine wrestlers and coaches in the province today.

In 1973, 35 years after he retired from active competition, Vem Pettigrew was one of ten athletes to be inducted into the Canadian Athletic Hall of Fame. In March of 1975, he was inducted into the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 22, 1975.

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