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Hall of Fame honorees Mike Chapman, Mike Allen to go ‘On the Mat’ this week



This week's edition of "On the Mat" will feature Mike Chapman and Mike Allen, two of this year's National Wrestling Hall of Fame award winners. The Honors Weekend Banquet and Induction Ceremony for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame will take place on June 1-2 in Stillwater, Okla.

Chapman is currently the executive director of the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum and is this year's recipient of the Order of Merit. The Order of Merit is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of wrestling, other than success as an athlete or coach.

Chapman, a professional journalist with a passion for wrestling, has been a leader within the sport for decades with a focus on the promotion of the sport. His involvement has been at many levels, including as a publisher, author, historian, publicist and speaker.
In 1994, he founded W.I.N. Magazine and was the creator of the Dan Hodge Trophy, which is given annually to the nation's top collegiate wrestler.

Mike Allen has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement for Officials Award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. This award recognizes outstanding service as a wrestling or pairing official or judge. Inductees are honored in the Vince Zuaro Officials Room at the Museum.

Having officiated for over 26 years, Allen is considered one of the top college and high school referees in the nation. Allen has been a referee at 15 NCAA Div. I National Wrestling Championships. He has worked many of the other major college wrestling events, including the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and other conferences.

"On the Mat" is a weekly wrestling radio program that airs every Wednesday night. This week's broadcast can be heard live 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 www.kcnzam.com or locally in Northeast Iowa on 1650, The Fan. Feel free to e-mail radio@wrestlingmuseum.org with questions or comments about the show.
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