Cherokee Washington alum Ben Hupke of Hupke Wrestling Productions was selected as the Broadcaster of the Year.
A high school wrestler at Cherokee Washington, Hupke went on to wrestle at Wartburg College, where he was a mass communications major. He did some coaching with his brother Dewey on the high school level in South Sioux City, Nebraska, but his major involvement in the sport in recent years has been as a radio announcer and internet broadcaster.
Working with radio station Y99.3 in northeast Iowa, Hupke was the hold-by-hold announcer for University of Northern Iowa wrestling, as well as for Waverly-Shell Rock High School. He also moderated the Brad Penrith Radio Show each week when Penrith was head coach at UNI. Since then, Hupke has done a number of other regular audio broadcasts through Hupke Wrestling Productions (mywrestlingfever.com). He produces broadcasts for nationally ranked Iowa City West High School, Div. III national champion Wartburg and NAIA national champion Grand View, as well as for Davenport Assumption High School.
This year, Ben also called the NAIA National Championships for NeuLion, the NCAA Div. III National Championships for Turner Sports, and served as the color analyst for two Mediacom productions: the UNI - Wisconsin and UNI - Iowa State matches.
Hupke is very passionate about wrestling, and gives his energy and efforts so those who cannot be there in person can enjoy great wrestling action.
The 1985 Cherokee Washington High School graduate was genuinely humbled and somewhat embarrassed about the attention the honor has brought to him, saying that he wouldn't be where he is today without the support of his mom and dad, Kathy and Leo Hupke, as well as the people with whom he has worked in the Wartburg College wrestling program.