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Toledo native inducted into wrestling hall of fame

April 11, 2012
By Jimmy Gillispie - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Gene Doyle, a Toledo native, was inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco on Monday after 26 years of coaching.

Doyle, who lived in Toledo through high school, now resides in Cedar Falls, where he coached wrestling for 26 years, 15 of of which were as head coach. He received notification of his inclusion in the hall of fame back in October.

"Of course I'm honored," Doyle said. "It's really exciting. It's a recognition of a lot of years. I had a lot of great kids throughout those years and this is because of them."

From 1985 to 2000, Doyle's squads posted a 242-51 dual meet record. His teams won the traditional state teams titles in 1993, 1997 and 1998, while also winning the dual meet title in 1993.

His team nearly won the state title in 1992, but finished runner-up by 0.5 points.

"That first state title team was very special," Doyle said. "They were all special, but that first one was very memorable. We lost the year before by half of a point, so it was rewarding to win that year.

"Some other memorable years were the ones when we overachieved," he said. "Those years, we had less talent and not as much depth, but we still placed high as a team at state. Those were always fun years."

Doyle coached 43 state place finishers during his tenure, including 10 state champions. He credited his wrestler's success with the development of the youth wrestling program in Cedar Falls.

"It just took off in the 80s and 90s," he said. "We just maintained it and success came from that."

Other hall of fame inductees from Monday included Marv Reiland from Iowa City, Mark Sindlinger from Charles City and Bob Buzzard from Salem OR.

Reiland is most recognized for his coaching and officiating. In the 20 years at his alma mater, Eagle Grove, his squads went 129-62-5. His Eagles captured three state team titles, one dual meet state title, while also being a state runner-up two times. Reiland coached 71 state qualifiers, 14 state champions and 14 state runners-up. He has officiated 42 years, was named Iowa Wrestling Official of the Year and named to the IHSAA Officials Hall of Fame in 2012. He worked 19 state tournaments and 17 years in the state dual meet tournaments.

Sindlinger was a three-time state heavyweight champion for Charles City. Sindlinger then went on to start for the University of Iowa football team for three years when the Hawkeyes were able to go to four straight bowl appearances. The rare two-sport Division I athlete would then join the wrestling team in January and wrestle until nationals. Despite his limited wrestling time, Sindlinger was a two-time Big Ten Champion and a two-time All American.

Buzzard was a two-time state champion for legendary coach Dave Natvig at East Waterloo. Buzzard then went on to Iowa State University where he was a two-time All American. He continued to wrestle and captured a national freestyle title and a national Greco-Roman title before qualifying for the Olympic team in 1972. He also has been a successful coach in Oregon including a state team title this year.



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