Hall of Fame 2011 - Huskerland Wrestling
2011 Huskerland Hall of Fame
Northeast Olympic Club
Dwain has been involved in youth wrestling
programs in the Lincoln community for 35 years.
Dwain coached in the Lincoln Midget wrestling
organization and with the Lincoln City Rec wrestling
programs in addition to the Huskerland
organization. Dwain has been a part of all the
Huskerland wrestling state tournaments either as an
official, coach or club director for the Northeast
Olympic Club, Competitive Edge Wrestling Club and
The Northeast Youth Wrestling Club.
Wood Lake Wrestling Club
Arch graduated high school from Omaha North and
then attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
He played center for the UNO Maverick football team
and this is also where
ere Arch discovered wrestling.
Arch never wrestled in high school but wrestled for
three years at UNO.
Arch started the Wood Lake Wrestling club in 1965.
There have been ten state champions. They are Greg
Soles, Ainsworth; Dan Daniels, Ainsworth; Jeff Spain,
Valentine; Tim Ferguson, Ainsworth; J.W. Simonson, Sandhills; Mike O’Kief, Valentine;
Shane Allison, Valentine; Zach Lanka, Ainsworth; Brady Davis, Ainsworth; Brandon
Kenner, Ainsworth. In addition many state qualifiers/placers that have gone through
Wood Lake wrestling program with Arch.
Arch continues to be active in the Wood Lake program which is now named “Western
Edge Wrestling Club”. He attends as many tournaments as time allows. The joy of
seeing a smile on a young wrestler’s face is gratifying enough for Arch Ferguson.
Morgan & Geri Meier
Elm Creek Wrestling Club
It was nearly 22 years ago that Morgan & Geri
Meier began working with the Huskerland
wrestling program in Elm Creek. Geri was
pregnant with their oldest (& only) son at the time
(and they did not know that it was a boy). Morgan
has said that he gained so much from wrestling in
high school and in college that helping with
Huskerland wrestling was just one way the he
could give back to the sport. They continued to
e local program for years, even when they
did not have any children involved in it.
Morgan did the coaching at practices and tournaments but it did not stop there. He was
the driving force behind the youth in the program. He offered up an abundance of
vation and patience. Elm Creek has been truly blessed to call him coach.
Without Morgan’s wife, Geri, the local program would not be as successful as it is today
(& Morgan would agree). Geri set up the practices (working with the school to get them
on the calendar), she did all the paperwork involved (tournament calendar to the
wrestlers, newsletters for the parents, collecting the registration money, signing up for
the AAU cards and the list goes on), and she supported Morgan in his desire to give back
Then there is Elm Creek’s Huskerland tournament that they have run together. They line
up the tournament and all of the help for the tournament (of course wrestling parents
pitch in), but they do the leg work. They put on a very well
ent each year.
With the registration money that the club collects and with the money that is made on
the local tournament, the club has given money back to the local high school wrestling
program through equipment and money towards wrestling camps.
Morgan and Geri have been married for 30 years and have been farming together since
they were married. They have four children, Jessica and her husband Paul, Shaina, Brock
and Shelby. They also have two grandchildren, Meredith and Everett. Morgan and Geri
th upstanding citizens who are involved in their church and community. They are
truly deserving of their induction into the Huskerland Hall of Fame.
The 2011 Huskerland Hall of Fame Inductees will be recognized at the Huskeland State
Meet on Saturday March, 26th. The inductions will take place at 1:30 pm in the brand
new Buffalo Expo Center in Kearney, Nebraska.