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Former Aitkin wrestling coach to be honored

Former Aitkin wrestling coach Noel Bailey will be one of six individuals honored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Minnesota Chapter Banquet on April 16.

Bailey, who will receive a lifetime service award, coached for 35 years, mostly at his alma matter in Aitkin. He compiled a 269-149-1 record and guided the Gobblers to the 1988 state consolation title and 11 district titles. He coached 29 state placewinners and is a member of the MWCA and Bemidji State University Halls of Fame.

Others honored will be Mike Good, Fridley; Doug Dahl, Greenbush; Richard “Dick” Maher , Harmony and Blue Earth; Bill Sutter, Goodhue; and Jeff Swenson, Augsburg.

The banquet will be at the Holiday Inn in Austin. Social hour and silent auction will begin at 4 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m. and program at 6 p.m. 

Tickets may be ordered from Spencer Yohe, chapter president, at or or by calling Yohe (507-495-3213).