Hunke, Hendrickson joining Hall of Fame
Wadena graduate Don Hunke and Menahga wrestler Nate Hendrickson will be inducted to the David Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame April 26 at McKinney's on Southside in Benson.
Hunke graduated from Wadena High School in 1955. He attended Moorhead State and began a teaching career in 1959 at Barrett. Hunke moved to Parkers Prairie in 1963 where he taught for 30 years.
Hunke did not wrestle in high school but he assisted Hall of Fame coach Andy McCarty for four years. Hunke was a Parkers Prairie wrestling coach from 1970-1982. He posted a coaching record of 114-43, won three District 22 championships and several Park Region Conference titles. Two of his Parkers Prairie teams placed second to Staples-Motley in Region 6 competition. Hunke also served as district representative and as region representative during the first year of two-class system.
Hunke coached Ken Berres to a state title in the one-class system in 1975. Hunke credited assistants Dave Marietta, Dave Taylor, and Rich Schaffer, along with the help of McCarty, for his success.
Hendrickson posted a prep record of 175-26-2 before graduating from Menahga High School in 1994. He ranked No. 4 in victories at the time he graduated. Hendrickson placed three times at state, taking third as a sophomore, fourth as a junior and third as a senior.
Henrickson was recruited to Moorhead State University by assistant coach Spencer Yohe and head coach John Sterner. Hendrickson became a 4-time NCAA Division II and NAIA All-American. He was third in his freshmen year, fourth in his sophomore year, a Division. II National Champion his junior year and the only wrestler in Division II to finish undefeated (33-0) during the 1996-97 season; and 6th his senior year. His college record was 122-13. He was a four-time NSIC Conference champion, and a three-time NSIC Wrestler of the Year. Hendrickson was also named the 1996-97 NCAA Division II Outstanding Wrestler and the 1996-97 NCAA Division II Athlete of the Year. He was inducted into the NCAA Division II National Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Minnesota State University-Moorhead Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. He was a four-time Successful Farming Magazine First Team All-American.
Hendrickson graduated from Moorhead State in 2000 with a degree in Construction Management. He is currently Director of Facilities at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. He has served as a youth elementary wrestling coach at Menagha/Sebeka, and has been a volunteer assistant varsity coach.
Other coaching inductees will be Ron Jacobsen, Randy Zimmer and Jon Rhodes. Matt Nagel will be inducted as a wrestler. Rick Rud will be inducted as a contributor.