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The Gopher Wrestling Club is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes and supports amateur wrestling at all levels. Our MISSION is to create a world-class training environment that strives to maintain a culture of excellence on and off the mat in pursuit of national, world and Olympic champions.
1956 Olympic Team Member (Melbourne, Australia) 134.5 lbs
1972 Olympic Team Coach (Munich, Germany)
Alan Rice was the first Minnesotan to compete in the Olympic games. He is affectionately referred to as the "Godfather of Greco Roman wrestling" for all he has done to promote the sport in Minnesota and around the world.
Alan was the driving force in starting the Minnesota Wrestling Club. He also served as the head coach of the 1972 Greco-Roman Olympic team in Munich. Alan is a distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The wrestling room in the Kennedy Center at Augsburg College was dedicated in honor of Alan and Gloria Rice in May 2007. Alan was a major contributor to the renovation, donating $1 million to the effort. Alan had originally started the Minnesota Wrestling Club which today is the Gopher Wrestling Club.
In association with the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, the Greco-Roman Hall of Champions was formed in 2009 and bears the name the "Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions."