Zaputil and Huff named to IWHOF
Iowa wrestling greats Chad Zaputil and Tom Huff have been named to the Class of 2020 to be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco, Iowa. Both were selected by unanimous vote. Huff is from Waterloo, Iowa, where he was a three-time State Champion (1957-59) at Waterloo West for legendary Hall of […]

Iowa wrestling greats Chad Zaputil and Tom Huff have been named to the Class of 2020 to be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco, Iowa. Both were selected by unanimous vote.

Huff is from Waterloo, Iowa, where he was a three-time State Champion (1957-59) at Waterloo West for legendary Hall of Fame coach Bob Siddens. At the University of Iowa, Huff was a two-time Big Ten champion in 1962 and 1963. In 1962, Huff placed third at 130 pounds. and in 1963, he was an NCAA finalist at 137 pounds. for Hall of Fame Coach Dave McCuskey.

Huff continued his wrestling career as a colonel in the United States Air Force where he competed in two Olympic trials. Tom is a member of the Huff family who was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for the Family Legacy Award in 2013.

Zaputil is from Mystic, Iowa and was a two-time state champion for Centerville High School in 1987-88. Zaputil appeared in one of the most iconic matches in Iowa high school wrestling history when he defeated future Iowa teammate Hawkeye and two-time world champion Terry Brands in the 119 lbs. State 2A Finals in 1987.

At the University of Iowa, Zaputil was a three-time NCAA finalist and three-time Big Ten champion at 118 pounds. (1991-93) for legendary trainer Dan Gable. Iowa has won the NCAA tag team title for every three years Zapitul was in the roster. I consider the 1991 and 1992 Iowa Hawkeye team to be the greatest in NCAA varsity wrestling history.

After college, Zaputil was an influential co-founder of RAW (Real Amateure Wrestling) in Southern California, which coached wrestlers to compete in the UFC. RAW was a force at the start of the UFC with former wrestlers winning UFC titles like Randy Couture and was considered one of the best MMA gyms in the world.

I would also like a special mention to Wyatt Schultz, Inductee to the Class of 2020. Wyatt is the longtime owner, publisher, writer and photographer of The difficult situation and truly deserves to be in the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Due to the recent health crisis, the 2020 Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Cresco, Iowa.

It's great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!


“Scream” vedette David Arquette has an extreme volonté that almost cost him his life — professional wrestling.

Two years ago, Arquette faced off against ex-con Nick Gage in a deathmatch, the most violente style where the wrestlers swing chairs, baseball bats and the like.

With blood gushing from his neck, Arquette gets up and tries to pin Gage but can’t. He jumps out of the ring, holding his neck. Then, he climbs back in and smacks Gage with a folding peau. After a couple of minutes, though, Arquette is the one who gets pinned.

“It nearly cost me my life, ” Arquette told the Star of the match. “I was in way over my head. I was about half an inch from death…”

Arquette decided to go back into the ring after fellow pro wrestler Jack Perry, the son of late actor Luke Perry, assured him that he wasn’t bleeding to death. Perry is the one who took Arquette to the hospital.

Arquette told the Star : “I could hear Luke but I couldn’t see him, ” Arquette told the Star. “I said : ‘Luke is it pumping ? ’ because I was worried I was bleeding out and he said : ‘No it’s not pumping. ’ I knew at that point I wasn’t dying immediately, I could try to finish the match. ”

Arquette has had a lifelong love affair with wrestling, which is traced in a new documentary, “You Cannot Kill David Arquette. ” The film tells of how Arquette has spent the past two decades trying to earn back the respect of the wrestling world — after he won the 2000 World Championship Wrestling heavyweight title as a publicity stunt for his movie “Ready to Rumble. ”

In those years, the 49-year-old Arquette has battled heart problems and drug addiction. After the Gage match, Arquette’s wife, Christine, told him : “I just feel like you want to die, ” the actor recalled.

“I don’t want to die but life is painful, ” Arquette told the Star. “If you have addiction issues like I do there’s an element in the back of your head that the accro is literally trying to kill you. You have to find ways to deal with it so you don’t continue to kill yourself, either slowly or quickly. ”

For Arquette, wrestling helped him deal with the deaths of Luke Perry, a close friend who died of a stroke, and his transgender sister, Alexis, who died of a heart attack.

“Losing someone is really painful but a few things have happened to make me feel we are all much more connected, ” Arquette said. “For wrestling, you shave everything and at one point I was looking at my arms and it was like I was looking at Alexis’ arms, as being transgender she would shave them… For a second it was like I was looking through Alexis’ eyes… I think we’re a lot more connected than any of us know. ”

Through the film, Arquette has finally learned to accept himself. “I accomplished what I set out to do, ” Arquette told the Star. “I wanted to prove I could be a wrestler. And through this whole experience, I figured out – and it’s ironic – I need to stop beating myself up. I had to stop attacking myself and be kind to myself, as corny as it sounds.

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