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Monogram Club Turns 100: Wrestling

Aug 23, 2016, 4:38 PM EDT

Head coach Terry Mather with 1972-73 co-captains Mike Kemp (left) and Mike Martin (right).

As part of the Monogram Club’s ongoing 100th anniversary celebration, some of the Club’s many connections to each Notre Dame program are being highlighted. This latest installment of the “Monogram Club Turns 100” series looks at connections between the Monogram Club and the Fighting Irish wrestling program.

The Notre Dame wrestling program gained varsity status in 1955 and competed at that level for 38 seasons before being discontinued in 1992. There are over 150 wrestling Monogram winners and many of them have been valuable members of the Monogram Club.

Wrestling Monogram Moments

Four wrestling Monogram winners have served on the Monogram Club Board of Directors.

Board Member … Term
Bob Pivonka (’58) … 1982-85
John Dowd (’76) … 1991-94
Michael Eiben (’65) … 2004-07
Dennis Lahey (’65) … 2012-15

John Dowd

John Dowd (’76) was a Monogram Club board member from 1991-94.


Dennis Lahey

Dennis Lahey (’65) is the latest wrestling Monogram winner to serve on the Monogram Club Board of Directors.


John Dowd-2

John Krug (’86)

John Krug (‘86) was team captain of the wrestling squad as a senior. Years later, John’s daughter, Sarah, attended Notre Dame and was a recipient of the Monogram Club’s Brennan-Boland-Riehle Scholarship Fund. READ MORE ABOUT THEIR STORY

Learn more about the Brennan-Boland-Riehle Scholarship Fund


Tom Fallon

Tom Fallon (’42)

Tom Fallon (’42) was head coach of the wrestling program when it gained varsity status in 1955 and he remained in that role through the 1969 season. Fallon also is well known for coaching the Notre Dame men’s tennis team from 1957-87. He guided the tennis squad to the national championship in 1959. Fallon received an honorary Monogram in 1984.



Monogram Club Executive Director Brant Ust (’00, baseball) with Mike Golic (’85, football).

Mike Golic (’85) is well known for his football prowess, but he also was a member of the Notre Dame wrestling team. In fact, he holds the program record for the fastest pin (14 seconds). He is among a long list of Fighting Irish student-athletes who have competed in multiple sports. That list includes his older brother Bob (’79, football and wrestling).


Wrestling media guide

Marcus Gowens, Curt Engler, Steve King and J.J. McGrew represented Notre Dame in the 1991 NCAA tournament.


Monogram Memory
“I am most proud that my daughter, Annie (’19, cross country/track), is following in my footsteps as a scholarship athlete at Notre Dame.”
– Daniel Heffernan (’77, wrestling)

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