Strong, Nash inducted to Hall of Fame

Dan Moody (right) presents 1987 state champion Steve Strong a plaque of induction to the Enterprise Wrestling Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Kim Lamb

Wrestling supporters from around Wallowa County gathered at the Enterprise cafeteria Sunday afternoon to honor inductees into the EHS Wrestling Hall of Fame.

State champion wrestlers Steve Strong and Chad Nash joined the growing list of individuals that have been inducted.

Strong wrestled at EHS from 1986 - 89 winning both the district and state titles at 98 pounds during his sophomore year in 1987. He was also name as the Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1987 based on points contributed to the team on wins and pins.

Strong was the first wrestler to win a state title under Coach Ron Osterloh.

"He was the little guy who had a great way of getting the team off to a great start. It is a real advantage when you are wrestling dual meets to jump out in front. Steve not only won his matches, he usually won them by pins," Osterloh said.

Nash wrestled at Enterprise from 1989 - 92 and captured the district title at 168 pounds in 1991 and 92. He went on to win the state title in 1992 after taking third in 1990. Nash holds a number of records at EHS including 60 pins over his four year high school career and most pins in a season with 25. He was undefeated in his senior year and was never pinned since he started wrestling in second grade. "Chad was a leader by example. He would stay after practice and condition, work on perfecting a move or help another wrestler learn a basic move. That is where Chad learned the greatest respect from his coaches. He was always giving more to his team than he was getting from them," said Coach Dan Moody.

Nash said that the award meant a lot. "Wrestling helps to build a persons character and is one program that really helps out young men," he said.

The boosters club also recognizes individuals for their ongoing work off of the mat.

Gary and Carla Eschler of Joseph and Pete Beaudoin from Enterprise were inducted to the EHS Boosters Honor Roll.

"The Eschlers have given their time to every wrestling team in the state. They have helped run the Jo-Hi, Enterprise, district and state tournaments for decades," Osterloh said.

"They are special people that love wrestling," Moody said.

Beaudoin wrestled at EHS in the early 1970's and took second at state in 1972. He was a member of the 1973 championship team.

In the 1980s Beaudoin was part of the parent group that transported Enterprise kids around the state to wrestle freestyle, and also ran the local kids wrestling program.

"It's a tradition for a wrestler to lay his shoes down on the mat when he retires and walk away. I still have my shoes," Beaudoin said.

Enterprise's 2002-2003 team captains Austin Himes and Jimmy Van Belle gave out the Captains Awards to their teammates. They included: Andy Wallace, Hardcore 4X4 award for the toughest matches all year; Collin Cunningham, Cheating Death award for being the luckiest man they know; Jason Douglas, Freaky J award for feeling the groove; Jake McCleary, IQ award for the most intelligent post season reaction of the year; Chad Sams, Psycho award for convincing everyone on the team that he needs professional help; Justin Wilks, Tall Tale award for embellishing stories during the season; Justin Moncrief, Stat Girl award; Marcus Bridges, Can't get no satisfaction award.

The EHS wrestling program raised $1095 by auctioning off the wrestlers for eight hours of work to a number of the wrestling supporters in attendance. Money raised at the auction will go toward next years wrestling program.

The EHS Wrestling Boosters Club was formed in 1993 by Jaynee and Gary Wishart and Vetie and Ross Stenkamp.

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