2011 EIWA Championships at Bucknell's Sojka PavilionDate: March 5-6, 2011
Schedule of Events:
Sunday, March 6
*Live video of the EIWA Championships will be broadcast on Bison Vision.
Ticket Information (570-577-1000 or www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice)
* Note: Student ticket valid for competing institution student with valid ID and children 18 & under
To request a media credential for the 2011 EIWA Championships or for more information regarding media access at the event, please contact Todd Merriett, Bucknell Assistant Director of Athletic Communications, at 570-577-3488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Four new members will be inducted into the EIWA Hall of Fame at the EIWA Championships at Bucknell on March 6.
The inductees will be James Detrixhe, Lehigh; Dan Hicks, Navy; Bill Graham, Bucknell; and Bill Koll, Penn State.
The ceremony will be held immediately prior to the final round of competition Sunday evening.
Dan Hicks, Navy ʻ95
A graduate of Navyʼs Class of 1995, he enjoyed success early and often in his wrestling career. In high school, he was a three-time Oklahoma state champion for Vinita High School before he was honored in 1991 as the outstanding athlete at the Navy Prep School. One year later, he was named to the nation's All-Rookie Team by Amateur Wrestling News after winning his first of three EIWA heavyweight titles, while also placing 2nd as a junior.
He thus qualified for Nationals four times and won a total of ten bouts, highlighted by a 5-2 record as a junior to earn an NCAA 5th place in 1994. Wrestling as the 8th seed, he lost to future 2-time Olympian, Kerry McCoy, 3-1, in Round Two and among his five wins were three over that yearʼs All- Americans. He finished with 114 career wins, 6th-best in Academy history and 7th in winning percentage.
While a Midshipman, Hicks was twice selected as team captain and was a three-time N-Star winner. Today, Dan Hicks is a resident of Wilmington, North Carolina and serves as a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed at Camp Lajeune. He is the coach of the All-Marine Wrestling Team based on the camp.
James Detrixhe, Lehigh ʼ62 (pronounced: "DEE-tricks")
A cum laude graduate of The Hill School in Pottstown, Jim was president of his senior class and also an outstanding football player. In college, he became co-captain of one of Lehighʼs all-time greatest teams that won six of nine EIWA weight classes in 1962. A two-time EIWA champion who placed 4th nationally at 177, his most famous bout came in December, 1961 in Grace Hall when he beat legendary NCAA champion and future Olympian, Wayne Baughman ("Bockman"), a 3-time NCAA finalist from Oklahoma, 5-3.
An extraordinary wrestler on defense, those points yielded by Detrixhe were three of just five given in his last 14 dual meets.
Jim Detrixhe retired 27-2 in duals, ranking 10th all-time among Lehighʼs best win/loss percentages. His 39-7 career record included 23 wins by shut-out, including his last four bouts at Easterns, as well as vs. four All-Americans from Pitt, Penn State and Oklahoma. In all, the All-American boy defeated seven different All-American wrestlers, three of them NCAA finalists. In his honor, The Captain James B. Detrixhe Memorial Scholarship Fund was initiated at Lehigh and remains in place today.
Bill Graham, Bucknell ʻ62
As an alumnus, Mr. Graham has committed over $7.7 million to Bison Athletics, including sizeable amounts to help re-instate Bucknell Wrestling and to enhance womenʼs athletics. This included benefits for womenʼs crew and funding to help build a new womenʼs lacrosse and field hockey facility. During his support to save wrestling, he twice invited Dan Gable to campus, to speak on the sportʼs importance. Graham was eventually named University Division Donor of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors. His successful efforts helped make Bucknell one of the nationʼs first to restore a sport previously dropped due to Title IX compliance issues.
Bill Graham is a resident of Gladwynne, PA and is active in his Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, where he once served as trustee. He is currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees for Bucknell and he recently donated over $2 million to Penn Charter to help transform its activities building, support salary goals for teachers and coaches and to sustain scholarship aid.
BILL KOLL - (Penn State 1965-78)
Bill Koll died in 2003 at age 80.
Kollʼs highest team finish at Nationals was fourth in 1971. He led the Lions to five unbeaten dual meet seasons from 1967-74 with a record 41-match home unbeaten streak from 1969-76. He ranks number one in PSU dual win percentage and is tied with Lorenzo for 2nd-longest coaching tenure, behind Hall of Fame coach Charlie Spiedel, who Koll succeeded.
Wrestling for Northern Iowa, Bill Koll was a dominant, unbeaten collegian. As a freshman, he forfeited his second semester to serve three years with combat engineers in WW II, earning the Bronze Star. He returned to star in a Northern Iowa era which placed Top Four nationally eight straight years, with five Top Two teams. Koll was the first NCAA wrestler to win two Outstanding Wrestling awards and he placed 5th at the 1948 Olympic Games.
Before coaching at Penn State, Bill began at the University of Chicago, moved to Cornell College then returned to Northern Iowa. He was affiliated with two schools which won NCAA team titles during his student or coaching days. While at UNI, he helped inaugurate the NCAA's College Division national tournament and served as tournament director of the first two events in 1963 and '64.