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Dale Griffin wrestling tournament set for March 8 at Indiana State

February 18, 2014

The third annual Dale Griffin Memorial Wabash Valley Championship wrestling tournament will take place on March 8 in the south gym of the Health and Human Services (Arena) Building on Indiana State University's campus.

The tournament is sanctioned by the Terre Haute South Wrestling Club and will include age groups Pee Wee through Junior.

Dale Griffin was a Terre Haute South Vigo High School graduate who was runner up in the state wrestling tournament during his senior year. He won the All-Academy Wrestling Championship while at the Virginia Military Institute. Griffin was killed in the line of duty on Oct. 27, 2009 in Afghanistan.

"People just loved Dale and they love his family," said Jeriah Threlfall, director of Indiana State's Center for Health, Wellness, and Life Enrichment.

The tournament will be staffed by volunteers, including students from Indiana State's recreation and sport management program as well as the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Since 2011, the Dale Griffin Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded $15,000 in scholarships to local high school junior and senior wrestlers. The tournament helps raise money for the fund.

The deadline for registration is March 6 and there is a $15 dollar registration fee. For more information, visit

Contact: Jeriah Threlfall, director, Center for Health, Wellness, and Life Enrichment, Indiana State University, 812-237-8503 or

Writer: Emily Sturgess, director of public relations, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University,