Former Hawkeye named to National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Former Iowa wrestler Bill Zadick is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s 2020 class.


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Anna Kayser, Sports Editor

It was announced on Tuesday that former Hawkeye national champion and current USA Wrestling National Freestyle Coach, Bill Zadick, will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member of its Class of 2020.

Zadick wrestled at Iowa in the 1990s, helping the team to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1995 and 1996. His senior year he finished at the top of the 142-pound weight class at NCAAs, the only individual championship of his career.

He went on to compete at the 2006 World Championships, where he took home another title with a gold medal.

He returned to Iowa City for the 2018 Freestyle World Cup in his role with USA Wrestling. In 2017 he was named National Olympic Coach of the Year after leading the men’s freestyle team to a world title.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held over its 44th Annual Honors Weekend in June 2020.

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