MADISON - The Madison Sports Hall of Fame has announced a four-member Class of 2014, to be inducted June 11 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.
Duane Kleven (above) was the Wisconsin wrestling coach from 1970-1982. He led the Badgers to a 132-48-5 dual meet record, and coached nine NCAA champions and 25 All-Americans. Kleven was the 1977 NCAA Coach of the Year. His 1976 squad finished fourth at the NCAA Championships, the best finish ever by Wisconsin.
Stephen Bennet was a football, basketball, and baseball standout at Madison West until his graduation in 1972. He led the Regents to a runner-up finish in the WIAA State Baseball Tournament his senior year and was named first-team all-state. Bennet went on to a successful career at UW, earning third-team All-American honors and becoming a member of the UW .400 Hitters Club.
Bill Maselter starred on the gridiron at Madison East and then at the University of Wisconsin, before being drafted by the NFL's Detroit Lions in the 13th round. Maselter, who graduated from East in 1962, was also a standout basketball player for the Purgolders. He received all-state recognition in both sports.
Larry Pedracine was a multi-sport star at Madison Central in 1955, playing baseball, basketball, and football. He was named the conference's MVP and honorable mention All-American his senior year in football. Pedracine chose baseball as his sport in college, leading Western Michigan to a runner up finish at the 1955 College World Series. Pedracine returned to coach and officiate several sports at different levels in the Madison area.
The induction ceremony begins at 7pm. Tickets are available for $45 per person.
(Photo courtesy of UWBadgers.com)