Competitors Hall of Fame: Steven C. Strobel

Hall of Fame – 2001

A lot of good, strong wrestling families enjoy having more than one member on the State Tournament bracket at the same time but how many can say that they have had two of their sons reach that all-time great moment of each capturing the gold three times apiece? Well, according to our count – only one! That would be the Strobel family and Steven and Shane share that distinctive honor. Congratulations! Steve got an early start, in that he was the team’s student manager when he was only in fourth grade so he was at every practice. Parental support and being out for the Kid Program also kept him focused. Brother Scott had a little something to do with it in that there was more than a little rivalry going there but Steve remembers how proud he was when he and Scott took the Gold the same year at 112 and 119 in 1981 – not to mention mom and dad. Reaching 8th grade Steve wasn’t quite sure how much talent he had yet. He confided in Coach Manstedt that he did not think he could beat this next opponent. Coach told him that if that was how he was going to mentally prepare himself than he probably couldn’t beat him no matter what anyone else told him. And he did lose. Thinking about that lesson over the years kept Steve up. “It was an honor to wrestle under Coach Norm Manstedt who truly had a lifetime impact on me.” Steve was selected to travel to Venezuela and Mexico , a trip lasting over 2 weeks with 12 other wrestlers representing the United States. Lots of memories: taking his first state gold as a sophomore he recalls meeting every one he wrestled at districts , he wrestled again at state , defeating a Senior in the finals for his first State Title, being present to watch his brother Shane pick up his 3rd title, assisting in the wrestling room after graduating and spending a lot of time working out with Marc Starostka at 135 lbs, then to see him pick up the StateChamp title. Steven is introduced by his former high school coach and uncle, Norm Manstedt, Hall ‘86.

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