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Hank Yetter

Coach Hank Yetter

While attending P.J. Jacobs High School in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Henry participated in cross-country and wrestling. In 1949, he won the 95 lb. state championship in wrestling and was runner-up in the 105 lb. class the following year.

Hank qualified for the United States Olympic trials in 1960 in freestyle, 1964 and 1972 in Greco-Roman. He qualified for the final Pan-American Trials in 1962 in freestyle and the World Training Camp in 1969 and 1972 in Greco-Roman. He won the Minnesota Greco-Roman championship in 1964 and was runner-up in 1965 and 1966. In 1975 Hank won both the freestyle and Greco-Roman championships at 153lb. and was awarded the trophy for Outstanding Sportsmanship. He won the Wisconsin Greco-Roman championship at 149.5 in 1975 and was runner-up in the United States Wrestling Federation (USWF) Open Freestyle at 163 in 1976.

Hank coached the National AAU Olympic 200 and the Elite World Team at the World Greco-Roman championships for two years. The Elite groups won the World Championship in 1978 and 1979, winning the first world championships for the U.S. in Greco-Roman. These teams also participated in the National Sports Festivals in Colorado Springs in 1978 and 1979.

Hank was elected area representative to the WIAA during the 1960-1961 school year. He also served two terms on the WIAA Rules Committee. He served as secretary, vice-president and president of the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation chapter of the USWF.

Yetter began coaching at Amery in 1960 as an assistant football coach, head wrestling and head track coach. His wrestling teams earned a 187-63- 2 record in nineteen years of coaching. They won 15 regionals and 4 sectionals. Amery placed 4th in the Wisconsin State Wrestling Tournament in 1968. He has had three state champions, three 2nd place winners, three 3rd place winners and six other place winners.

Hank was elected to the Hall of Fame at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1979.