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Hall of Fame week: John Roberts & Ed Templin

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It is Hall of Fame week at the University of Wisconsin. Join UWBadgers.com as they look back at all of the deserving wrestlers in the UW Hall of Fame. 

John Roberts (left), a 1994 inductee to the UW Athletic Department Hall of Fame, was a stand out on two fields of play during his time at Wisconsin, excelling both on the mat, as well as the football field.

Roberts served as team captain for the wrestling team in both the 1941 and 1942 seasons, and led by example. He captured back-to-back Big Ten titles at 165 lbs. in those seasons, as well as a NCAA second place finish in 1941. Immediately following his career Roberts led Wisconsin wrestling as its head coach in 1943.

On the gridiron Roberts was a member of the No. 3-ranked 1942 Badgers' football team that finished 8-1-1 and second in the Big Ten. His football career continued as a coach for Stevens Point High School and UW-Stevens Point before Roberts served as the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) for 28 years from 1957 until 1985.

Ed Templin (right), a 1995 inductee of the UW Athletic Department Hall of Fame and captain of the Badgers' 1923 squad, was the first three- time Big Ten champion in Wisconsin Wrestling history, earning a three-peat at 145 lbs. from 1922 through 1924.


Ryan Evans
UW Athletic Communications

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