Hall of Fame – 1988
Being inducted as a competitor, this multi-talented gentleman could have come into the Hall of Fame in any one of the four categories. Beginning his wrestling career at Omaha Tech he was a three-time state champion during 1952-1954 at the weights of 95-112-137 pounds. His college experience came from one year at Indiana State and four years at Iowa State University where he was captain of the Iowa State Freshman Team. Adding to his special honors he was a Big 8 Conference Champion, placed third in the NCAA, and was and All-American selection. With wrestling deeply ingrained in his soul, Dean went on to spend 20 years on the coach’s bench. He has also served as clinician and consultant for numerous summer camps and coaches’ clinics. He organized coaches, and developed youth wrestling programs for 15 years. Still finding time to promote wrestling, he officiated youth, high school, and university meets and tournaments. He served on rules interpretation committees and has been a district official. He was a representative to the Wisoconsin Coaches’ and Officials’ Association and since his retirement in 1979 has contributed a wrestling scholarship to a deserving student from Cedarburg, Wisconsin High School who plans on furthering his education and continue wrestling on the college level. Dean has had many thrills in his long association with wrestling, but one that remains at the top of the list was to put on “the old unverstiy uniform at age 42” and be a teammate of such greats as Dan Gable, Ben and John Peterson, and Chris Taylor in an alumni-varsity meet at Iowa State.