Jeff Pape, president and founder of WrestlingGear.com has been selected for induction in 2013 to the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame. As a Leyden alumnus and former head coach of the Raiders youth wrestling club, this is a big honor.
We figured it would be a good time to talk a little more about our president. Pape graduated from East Leyden in 1990, where he wrestled for Hall of Fame coach Chuck Farina. He continued wrestling briefly at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. After graduating from Illinois in 1994, he returned to Franklin Park to take over as head coach of the Raiders youth wrestling club. He ran the club for 9 years before taking a break to start a family in 2003.
Pape returned to coaching wrestling when his sons were old enough to wrestle. Currently he acts as an assistant coach with the Jr. Cougars wrestling club in Hoffman Estates.
Jeff and his wife Nancy have owned and operated WrestlingGear.com for 10 years. Along with coaching, Jeff has served on the IWCOA Executive committee for several years and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Committee – Illinois Chapter.
The Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association will induct nineteen outstanding contributors into its Hall of Fame as member of the Class of 2013. Ceremonies will be held at the Park Place of Countryside, 6240 Joliet Road, Countryside at the 43rd Annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Jeff will be honored at the induction banquet on April 20, 2013 at Park Place of Countryside. Advanced tickets are required. We would love to see as many of Jeff’s former wrestlers and families make it to the event. More information on tickets can be acquired by contacting Joe Cliffe at Phone 815-692-3727.