Lee Huwald

WSHS Wrestling Hall of Fame new inductees


Roger (Moose) Erickson

George Henthorne

Jeff DeLozier

Congratulations to Jeff DeLozier, Roger Erickson, George Henthorne, and Lee Huwald on their selection to the Winona Senior High Wrestling Hall of Fame! Organizers are looking forward to honoring them at the banquet on Saturday, November 11, at the Winona Elks Lodge #327, 4540 North Service Drive, Highway 61.

The cost per person is $10. Inductees and their spouses are guests of the Mat Club.

The schedule includes a 4 p.m. social time, the invocation and spaghetti dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m., a 5 p.m. greeting and welcoming, the introduction of coaches and wrestlers at 5:40 p.m., the season outlook at 5:50 p.m., and the introduction of the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees at 6 p.m.

Jeff DeLozier, 1955
Roger Erickson, 1957
George Henthorne, 1957
Lee Huwald, 1958

Winona Wrestling Hall of Fame
2011 – Kermit Selke
2012 – Bill Schmidt
2013 – Charles Radechel
2014 – John DeLozier
2015 – Ed Giel
2016 – Dick Waite
2016 – Rick Pomeroy


Lee Huwald

Lee Huwald, the sixth of nine children in the Fred and Julia Huwald family, had two older brothers, Frederick and Donald; three older sisters, Delores, Mary Lou, and Kay; and three younger brothers, Gary, David, and Duane.

Huwald went out for the wrestling team as a sophomore, following in the footsteps of his older brother Don. A quick study, Lee qualified for the State Wrestling Tournament as a junior in just his second year of wrestling, placing fifth at State at 103 pounds. As a senior, Lee moved up to 112 pounds and was defeated in the semifinals of the Region Tournament before coming back to take third place. There was no true second match, so Huwald did not qualify for the State meet. Huwald had a career win-loss record of 23-13. Huwald credits much of his wrestling success to his friend, mentor and co-captain, Frank Lassen. He also gives kudos to Coach Gordy Paschka, who taught history and coached both football and wrestling. Huwald described Pashka as a tough guy who had played professional football and even spent some time as a professional wrestler. 


Huwald also participated in track and field, specializing in the mile run. Huwald served as a co-captain in both wrestling and track his senior year. Huwald also competed in the Golden Gloves Boxing Program in Winona, capturing two Midwest Regional Championships at Flyweight (115 pounds) while still in high school — one when he was 15, and technically too young to compete — and three more after he came back from the service.

After graduation, Huwald enlisted in the Air Force and after completing a four-year stint, went to work at Badger Foundry in the grinding room. Huwald remembers getting home from the service on a Friday afternoon, then going to work at Badger the following Monday morning.
After a year at Badger, Huwald was hired by the Winona Daily News starting out in the printing and composing area, then transitioning to an IT position. After 42 years at the Daily News, Huwald retired in 2005. At that time, he also retired from 30-plus years of officiating football, basketball, baseball and softball. Lee and his wife, Dody, who worked for 32 years in the maintenance department at St. Mary’s University, still reside in Winona. Lee and Dody have four children, Angela, Lance, Holly, and Stacey. Stacey (Matthees) was recently inducted into the Winona High Athletic Hall of Fame and is somewhat of a local celebrity. Lee and Dody keep busy gardening and doing yard work and also enjoy spending time with their 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Huwald also keeps close track of Winona High School and Winona State athletics.

Roger (Moose) Erickson

Roger Erickson, son of Halbert and Sylvia Erickson, grew up in Winona with sister Lois and brothers Peter and Paul. Erickson attended District 15 Country School in Cedar Valley through the eighth grade

As a ninth grader, Erickson was approached by Athletic Director Vic Gislason who encouraged him to go out for football. Erickson became an outstanding football player for Coach Gordy Paschka, who also happened to be the head wrestling coach. In his junior year, Erickson decided to give wrestling a try (at the urging of Coach Paschka) and took over the varsity heavyweight spot in his first season. The following season, Moose was the Region One Champion at Heavyweight, but was defeated in the first round of the State Tournament by Al Russ, two-time state champion from Blue Earth. Erickson followed Russ back through the bracket, taking third place at state. Erickson felt fortunate to have a coach the caliber of Gordy Pashka for both football and wrestling and described his coaching style with three words, “Nobody got babied.”

After graduating from Winona High, Erickson enrolled at Winona State, and after one year decided to go to work in construction. Erickson’s first job was in Winona working on the 1959 pipeline as an oiler on a crane. From there he ran a grader for Winona County and spent a good chunk of time helping build Interstate 90. He spent most of his working life operating heavy equipment from the Upper Midwest all the way down to Texas before retiring in 2002.

Roger and his wife, Sandy, have two children — son, Roger, and daughter, Teresa Marie — as well as two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

George Henthorne

George Henthorne, son of Gale and Virginia Henthorne, grew up in Winona along with his three little sisters, Sarah, Judy, and Sandy. Henthorne began his wrestling career as a seventh grader in 1952 when Erv Bachler, mathematics instructor and head wrestling coach, came down to the gym to do a little scouting for a physical education wrestling unit and encouraged Henthorne to give wrestling a try. Henthorne made the varsity wrestling team that same year as well as every year that followed capping off his senior season as a State place-winner at 145 pounds. Henthorne defeated an outstanding wrestler from Rochester by the name of Dick Ostrom in the Big Nine Conference Tournament, then lost to Ostrom by one point in the region finals. Henthorne placed fifth in the State Wrestling Tournament while Ostrom went on to win the State Title at 145 pounds.

Henthorne garnered 12 varsity letters during his time at Winona Senior High — three in football as a linebacker, three in track and field running the 100- and 220-yard dashes, and six in wrestling, finishing his wrestling career with an overall record of 32-18-4. Henthorne had a number of teammates and coaches who positively influenced him in wrestling, namely heavyweight Chuck Radechel and the great Kermit Selke as well as Principal R.J. Williams, who served as Winona’s first wrestling coach. Henthorne also had high praise for Erv Bachler, who coached each wrestler differently, according to their individual strengths and weaknesses. Henthorne went on to explain that Coach Bachler was not only a great wrestling coach, but also an all-around good guy.

After graduation, Henthorne attended Winona State University for one year before enlisting in the Army. While Henthorne was in the service, his father passed away, so after finishing his three-year stint, Henthorne returned to Winona to help his mother run “The Big O.” After 20-some years in the bar business, Henthorne went into selling real estate and recently retired after 35 years as a realtor. George and his wife, Jane, still reside in Winona. George has three children, Heidi, Page, and Jay, along with nine grandchildren.

Jeff DeLozier

Jeff DeLozier grew up in Winona, the third son of Harry and Anna DeLozier along with older brothers Gerald and Harry Jr. and younger brothers Lawrence, Johnny, and Richard.

DeLozier began his wrestling career as a sophomore in 1953, making the varsity team at the 120-pound weight-class in his very first wrestling season. He moved up to 127 pounds the following year and capped off his senior wrestling season as the 133-pound Region One Champion then wrestled his way to the State Finals where he was defeated by two-time State Champion Ivan Zastrow of Wayzata. DeLozier finished his Winona High wrestling career with a 25-5 overall record.

After graduating from Winona High, DeLozier enrolled at the University of Minnesota where he participated in wrestling. Freshmen were ineligible for varsity competition, but DeLozier had a great freshman campaign, going undefeated in open tournaments for the Gophers.

After one year at the U of M, DeLozier enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving for two years, then enrolled at barber school in Minnetonka. In 1956, DeLozier began his barber career in Hopkins and in 1963 he started his own barbershop, along with his brother Richard, where they worked together for 15 years. During those early years as a barber, DeLozier served as a volunteer wrestling coach at Hopkins under the legendary Paul Bengtson.

Jeff currently resides in Minnetonka with Donna, his wife of 61 years. They have two daughters, Susan and Dana, along with five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. DeLozier enjoys bowling and fishing when he gets the chance. At the ripe young age of 83, DeLozier is still taking a little off the top and trimming around the ears for his loyal customers.


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