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Don Hafeman

Coach Don Hafeman

Don Hafeman, Superintendent of Schools for the Madison Metropolitan School District, has made contributions to wrestling as a wrestler, coach, official, parent and as a friend of wrestling in general.

Don was Wisconsin's first 3-time high school state champion. He wont titles at 105, 125 and 135 in 1947-48-49 respectively while a student at West Milwaukee High School. This was a distinction that Don held for 18 years. This attainment has served as a goal for many Wisconsin high school wrestlers.

Don attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison after high school. He won a state collegiate and 3 state AAU titles. His wrestling career at the University was interrupted by a 4-year hitch in the U.S. Navy.

Upon returning from the service, Don graduated from the University in 1958 and began teaching and coaching at Madison West High School. While at West, Don's teams won a "Big 8" title, a Madison Invitational title and 4 city titles. He coached teams to 4 regional and 3 sectional championships. He also coached one individual state champion. Members of his last squad formed the mainstay for Coach Mike Brockmeyer in their 1965 state championship, the last Madison team to win a state wrestling championship.

Don was active in the Madison area as an official and served as the color commentator for the first high school state wrestling finals that were televised. In addition he has served as the master of ceremonies for many of the West Optimist's Club's All-City Wrestling Banquets.