Hall of Fame – 1998
Jason was a wrestler, through and through. He collected titles like some people collect Beanie Babies!! He set records that still hold at his high school and in the state. He was the best of the best and his endeavors and dedication to the sport remain today as an inspiration to those that follow in the path of the athletes, fans, parents, and friends that we call “our wrestling family.” Jason collected his 3x State Champ status in ‘84-’86 in the following weights and classes: Class C 98 lbs., Class B 98 lbs, and Class B 105 lbs. As you can see, what he lacked in stature he made up for in heart. His high school career record stands at 138-1, holding 136 consecutive wins, 100 career pins and 37 tournament titles. He was a 4x State Federation Champ in freestyle, a 4x District Champ, and was the State AAU Champ once. Jason’s accomplishments appeared in the March 23, 1987 issue of “Sports Illustrated” as well as “USA Today”. He also received the Bennington High School Athlete of the Year Award in 1987. In 1988 Jason held 7 of the 11 “All Class” individual records in the State. His name was mentioned 14 times in the record book. In 1997 his name is still mentioned 9 times. His former coach, Rick Allgood, states “ it has become the goal of every wrestler in the state to break his records”. Among these records are: 136 consecutive pins, 138-1 win /loss record, 34 pins in one season, 103 career pins, 13 pins in State Tournament competition, 39 season wins, 138 career wins. Jason’s father, Buzz Dethlefs, states his son’s greatest thrill was being able to compete for four state titles and the opportunity to complete an undefeated high school career. Right along side was helping Bennington High School to win its first ever State Wrestling Championship title. Jason passed away March 7, 1997. His plaque is being accepted by his father, Buzz Dethlefs and is presented by his former coach, Rick Allgood.