The Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame will honor five coaches Saturday, when they will be honored for Lifetime Service to Wrestling and inducted into the Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
In addition to Chuck Holliday, Jim Phillips and Greg Strobel, the list of inductees includes former Astoria coach Kurt Davis and longtime Warrenton coach Dennis Warren.
The 16th annual Honors Banquet is scheduled for Saturday at the Holiday Inn Portland South, 25425 SW 95th Avenue, Wilsonville. A no-host social begins at 4 p.m., with a dinner at 6:30 p.m.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum was established in 1976 with headquarters in Stillwater, Okla. One of the first of a growing number of state chapters, the Oregon chapter was established in 1995. The banquet is used to raise funds to support the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and to help promote wrestling in Oregon.
Davis was a two-sport athlete at Western Oregon University, earning All-American honors in football. He then coached wrestling for over 35 years at Astoria, North Marion, Grant, Redmond and Culver High Schools and Redmond's Obsidian Middle School. He coached 16 high school state champions, 10 runners-up and over 35 state placers.
Warren served as head wrestling coach at Warrenton High School for 26 years. During his tenure with the Warriors, his teams won five district titles and finished in the top 10 at the state tournament 17 times.
He coached 59 district champions, 55 state placers, and 17 individual state champions. At least seven of his wrestlers went on to compete at the college level.
Warren was also named the 2A Coach of the Year in 1976. He was inducted into the Warrenton Hall of Fame as coach of the 1990 wrestling team. He retired from teaching and coaching in 2004, but continues to serve the Warrenton community as a member of the school board and as founder and director of the PEOPLE scholarship program (providing scholarships for Warrenton High School graduates).