Sather, Wells to be inducted in wrestling Hall of Fame

2014-02-11T13:10:00Z 2014-02-11T13:14:41Z Sather, Wells to be inducted in wrestling Hall of FameCorvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
February 11, 2014 1:10 pm  • 

Corvallis High wrestling coach Ron Sather and former Oregon State wrestling coach Joe Wells will both be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame by the Oregon chapter May 3.

Frank Morse, an area business leader and former state Senator, will be recognized with the Hall’s Outstanding American award.

The induction banquet will begin at 6 p.m. in the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tigard. A social starts at 4 p.m. and recognizes all of Oregon’s past national champions and Hall of Fame members.

Sather was a state placer for Corvallis High before twice placing in the Pacific-8 tournament for Oregon State. He was also runner-up at the 1973 U.S. national invitational freestyle championship.

After graduating from OSU, Sather served as an assistant coach at CHS for eight years and has been the Spartans head coach 23 years. During that span, he coached five individual state champions and 21 state placers.

Wells first made his mark wrestling collegiately at Iowa and winning a national freestyle championship. Before being hired as OSU’s head coach, Wells was named NCAA assistant coach of the year while at Michigan.

Wells served as the Beavers’ head coach from 1992 until 2006. His 1995 team was NCAA runner-up. Wells was also the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic team assistant coach and was head coach of the U.S. team at the 1990 freestyle championships.

A lifetime resident of the mid-Valley, Morse wrestled four years at Lebanon High. In 1972, he joined the family construction business, Morse Bros., and served as president for nearly 20 years.

When Knife River purchased the company he continued on in the same capacity until 2000.

Morse was elected to the Oregon Senate in 2002 and was twice re-elected. He currently serves on the OSU Foundation Board.

Three others being inducted into the Hall of Fame include longtime coaches Dick Bellock of Salem, Doug Hislop of Imbler and LaGrande and Wayne Snoderly of Portland.

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