Builders Cipriano and Clancy to be inducted into Hall of Fame

SASKATOON – Official Dale Clancy and Coach Nick Cipriano have been selected to be inducted into Wrestling Canada Lutte’s (WCL) Hall of Fame class of 2019 in the builder category.

Clancy has been an international official for 31 years. He has officiated at two World Cadet Championships (1987, 1991), two FISU World Championships (1998, 2002), and the 2003 Pan American Games. Within Canada, Clancy has officiated 32 Senior Canadian Championships, four Canada Games, and countless other national and regional events.

“It has been my privileged to have had the best vantage point to watch wrestling in Canada and around the world,” said Clancy. “I am honoured that my involvement in our sport is worthy of induction into the Hall of Fame.”

In addition, Clancy has been a member of the Canadian Association of Wrestling Officials (CAWO) for 36 years, and served as president for four years, secretary-treasurer for four years, and as a board member for six years.

Cipriano spent 35 years coaching McMaster University and the Hamilton Wrestling Club. He has coached numerous teams internationally, including three Olympic Games (1988, 1992, 1996), four Senior World Championships (1986, 1987, 1990, 1991), two Pan American Games (1987, 1995) and the 1986 Commonwealth Games.

“I am honoured and humbled to be inducted into Wrestling Canada Lutte’s Hall of Fame and be in the same company as truly great people who have given so much of themselves to the sport over many years,” said Cipriano.

At the university level, Cipriano was named four-time CIS / CIAU Coach of the Year (1982-83, 1984-85, 1987-88, 1993-94) and five-time OUA Men’s Coach of the Year (1982-83, 1984-85, 1987-88, 1993-94, 2014-15).

Cipriano has also conducted countless research studies to improve wrestling, and authored “Basic Throws”. He has also contributed to the National Coaching Certification Program for wrestling and is a member of WCL’s Coach Education and Certification Committee.

“Dale and Nick have given so much to wrestling in Canada for decades,” said Tamara Medwidsky, WCL Executive Director. “We’re pleased to be able to honour their tremendous contributions to the sport.”