River Falls has one of the most recognizable and successful wrestling programs in the state of Wisconsin. It has been the home of the prestigious Northern Badger Wrestling Classic for almost 20 years and was the birthplace of the WWF Kid's Folkstyle State Tournament series (est. 1988). River Falls High School added wrestling in 1963 with coach Bill Wright and created a non-profit youth wrestling organization and booster club in the 70's.
Dave Amdahl, Dave Black, Paul Cudd and Kirby Symes are all members fo the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Stillwater, OK) and Amdahl, Black and Symes are also members of the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association George Martin Hall of Fame. 11 former wrestlers are members of the Wildcat Hall of Fame (DeWayne Benedict, Mike Benedict, Kevin Black, Tony Black, Joe Cudd, Pauly Cudd, Dave Brandvold, Paul Cudd, Sr., Howie Nelson, Kirby Symes and the 1997 Wrestling Team.
RFHS graduates have earned 4 NCAA Division 1 All-American honors (K. Black, T. Black and Brandvold) and 3 NCAA Division 3 All-American honors (B. Cudd, S. Johnson, N. Pope) as well as many NAIA and USA Wrestling/AAU All-American honors. Most recently, Nathan Fuller finished 7th at the USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Championships at 160 pounds in 2018.
The Wildcats have had an abundance of success at the WIAA level with 18 individual state titles and 67 state place medals from over 120 state qualifiers. 5 times they have qualified for Team State and have won 13 conference team titles. With 127 individual conference champions, 4 athletes have won 4 conference titles, 5 have won 3 times and 18 are 2-time conference champions. They have also won the Northern Badger 3 times and finished as runner-up 6 times (including last season) with 30 individual Northern Badger titles.
10 wrestlers have achieved undefeated season and one with an undefeated career. 12 wrestlers have more than 100 career wins and 10 wrestlers have more than 50 career pins. 21 wrestlers with more than 40 wins in a season, 78 with more than 30 and over 140 with more than 25.
Check the "Records" page for more details about the program's history of success.
1963 RFHS Wrestling Team. Head Coach Bill Wright.
To develop championship athletes and individuals who reach their full human and athletic potential with high character and moral integrity and leave RFHS ready to change the world for good.
River Falls Wrestling offers a unique opportunity for student-athletes to participate and excel in the sport of wrestling . The youth, middle school and high school programs are committed to:
1. Providing the opportunity for student-athletes to seek and achieve their athletic, academic and personal potential.
2. To develop the CORE VALUES of humility, accountability, self-respect, leadership, citizenship, discipline, sportsmanship and integrity.
3. To fostering school unity, school spirit and pride in our school and athletic teams - Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat.
4. Encouraging student-athletes to participate in multiple sports and play sports competitively after high school.
5. Integrating the community and local youth wrestling programs into the River Falls High School wrestling program.
6. Promoting our athletic department, wrestling program, student-athletes and school district locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.
7. Complying with the rules and policies of the WIAA, NFHS, USA Wrestling and the River Falls School District.
8. Impact, influence and impart with a vision for individual success that rejects passivity, accepts responsibility, leads courageously and expects a greater award (transcendent cause).
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