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Wrestling: Staples doctor inducted into hall of fame

Dr. Ted Lelwica

Dr. Ted Lelwica of Staples was one of nine individuals inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Minnesota Chapter Saturday, April 21, at the Holiday Inn in Austin, MN.

Lelwica was elected as a contributor and received a Lifetime Service Award. He served as the volunteer team doctor for the Staples and Sauk Rapids wrestling teams for 25 years. While at Staples, he served as the official Section 6A tournament doctor for 16 years. He volunteered to be in charge of weight certifications for Staples and Sauk Rapids. He also led the Staples team in prayer at home meets.

He became the attending physician at district and regional tournaments and meets as well as at the state tournament. The Staples Cardinals, under legendary coach Don Dravis, won seven state team championships in those years.

Lelwica was also present for weight certifications for Staples from the early 1970s through the late 1980s, and later Kimball and Sauk Rapids where his eldest son, John , coached.

Other inductees/honorees were Tim Penny as Outstanding American from Minnesota and Donny Wichmann received the State Medal of Courage Award from Minnesota. Honorees for the Lifetime Service Awards included Gerry Bakke, Dale Benjamin, Gary Hindt, Marty Morgan, John Oxton, and J Robinson.