Hall of Fame – 1993
Omaha Tech – Iowa State – Adams State
Once in awhile an individual comes along who makes a positive sensation in every area he is involved in. The rippling effect can be likened to touching the water ever so slightly with his 1954 State Champ title at 164 lbs while at Omaha Tech and starting the waters to ripple over 30 years and many states. Take a bow, Frank Powell! Going to Iows State he was Big Seven Conference in ’56, Big Eight runner up and then Champ in ’57-’58, undefeated in dual meet competition in those years and 3rd in the university division of the NCAA in ’58. Stepping into the coaching world he captured the Iowa State High School Team title for New Hampton in ’59 and was privileged to have one of his wrestlers become NCAA University division champ. Traveling into the college ranks he had several 2nd and 3rd place teams in the Rocky Mountain Conference and Mountain Intercollegiate Wrestling Assoc. capturing the coveted title 7 times. His teams were NAIA National Champs twice with 7 individual National NAIA titles. He organized and started the “Top of the Nation Wrestling Camp” 24 years ago. Each year this camp attracts over 400 wrestlers and 30 coaches. Most of the wrestlers come from Colorado and neighboring states. Placing second in the 1960 Olympic tryouts he completed his match with two broken ribs and a score of 3-2. He was chosen Athlete of the Year for Ia. State in ’58, 1968 NAIA National Coach of the Year, 1968 Jay Cee Runner Up for Man of the Year in Colorado, Midwestern Assn. AAU Outstanding Wrestling Award in 1958, and inducted into the Hall of Fame at Omaha Tech in 1987. Counting as his biggest thrill was winning the NAIA National Team Championship because it was the first national title ever won by Adams State in any sport and repeating the NAIA National Team Champ Title in 1969 in his home town of Omaha.