Distinguished Member DENNIS HALL

By National Wrestling Hall of Fame | June 08, 2011, 12:34 p.m. (ET)
Through his intensity and ferocity, Dennis Hall changed the course of U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling and proved that a relentless attitude can take anyone to the highest levels of the sport.

Hall's course for greatness began at Hartford Union High School in Wisconsin. He finished his prep career with three state titles and a superb 146-1-1 record with 110 pins.

After high school, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a year, but his quest for international success led him in a different direction.

Devoting himself full-time to Greco-Roman, Hall qualified for the 1992 Olympics, placing eighth at 125.5 pounds. At the 1993 World Championships, he placed ninth. However, it was at the 1994 World Championships that Hall established himself as a force in Greco-Roman wrestling, winning a bronze medal and beginning a historic run.

In 1995, Hall became the second American to win a Greco-Roman World title. His impressive road to the gold included wins over four former World champions in five matches wrestled. For his efforts, he was named USA Wrestling Man of the Year.

With his silver medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Hall became the only Greco-Roman wrestler from the United States to win three consecutive medals at World or Olympic competition.

He competed on three consecutive World teams from 1997 through 1999, but failed to qualify for the next four. He made the painful cut from 132 pounds to 121 pounds to attempt to make the 2004 Olympic team. Facing his friend and former teammate, 1996 Olympic silver medalist Brandon Paulson, Hall won a grueling three-match series at the Olympic Trials to earn the spot.

In all, Hall wrestled on three Olympic teams, seven World teams, and was a 10-time U.S. National champion"ā€¯winning every title at his weight from 1992 through 2001.

For advancing the sport through his incredible achievements, Dennis Hall is honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.