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Johnson, Baxter scheduled to appear on this week’s edition of ‘On the Mat’

This week's edition of "On the Mat" will feature Tim Johnson and Al Baxter.

Both Johnson and Baxter are among seven individuals who are being inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa at the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum on April 14. The official induction ceremony begins at 1 p.m.

Tim Johnson completed his 21st year as the "voice" of Iowa Public Television's long-running sports series COLLEGE WRESTLING. During this time, Johnson has broadcast over 150 college wrestling meets for IPTV, the Fighting Illini Wrestling Network, ESPN, and Real Pro Wrestling.

In 1984 Johnson was director of wrestling for the Los Angeles Olympic Games. A native of Morning Sun, Johnson graduated from Coe College in 1976 and was a successful wrestling coach at Mount Vernon high school, which produced four-time state champion Greg Randall. Currently, Tim is head of the Midwest chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and organizes the "Champions Breakfast" each year at the NCAA Division I tournament.

Al Baxter was a legendary coach at both Lisbon high school and Buena Vista College. During his nine years at Lisbon, his teams won five traditional state titles. In 1978 he embarked on a 26-year coaching career at Buena Vista, a Division III school. Baxter compiled an overall dual meet record of 376-119-5 and won eight conference team championships. He also coached 71 All-Americans and six national champions. As a wrestler, Baxter was a state champion at Morning Sun in 1965 and an All-American at Morningside College.

"On the Mat" is a weekly wrestling radio program that airs every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. Central Standard Time. The Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, hosts the show.

"On the Mat" can be heard live on the Internet at or locally in Northeast Iowa on 1650, The Fan. Feel free to e-mail with questions or comments about the show.

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