OSAGE | Trent Goodale, a former standout on the mat for Osage High School, is now in the Iowa High School Athletics Association's Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Goodale was honored along with four other wrestlers and two coaches on Feb. 16 during this year's Iowa High School Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
"It's a great honor," he said, noting he's proud to add to the great tradition of Osage wrestling.
"It has done so much for me," Goodale said.
A three-time state champion and four-time state finalist, Goodale compiled a varsity record of 159-6 for the Green Devils.
During his senior year in 2001, he helped Osage to the state dual team title.
Goodale said one of his favorite memories from wrestling for Osage, besides the state dual title, was during his sophomore year when he was able to give teammate Joe Havig a big hug in the basement of Vets Auditorium after Havig won a state title.
"He was kind of a mentor to me," Goodale said. "He took me under his wing."
Goodale was a four-year letter winner at the University of Iowa before becoming an assistant wrestling coach at Limestone College in South Carolina.
A year and a half later he was named interim head coach at Limestone, and then head coach.
At age 23, this made him one of the youngest head wrestling coaches in NCAA history, but the pressure didn't get to him.
"I was too young and dumb to know any better," Goodale said.
During his nine years at Limestone, Goodale coached 12 national qualifiers, eight All-Americans and a national champion.
In addition, Goodale has coached USA Women’s Freestyle, the World Championships, the Pan Am Games, the US Open, the World Team Trials and the Olympic Trials.
After his college coaching days were over, Goodale owned a mixed martial arts club in Inman, S.C.
A year and a half ago, he returned to Osage to take over the family business, Goodale's Custom Pumping.
He also runs the Little Devils Mat Club for Osage wrestlers in grades 1-6, as well as the community's freestyle Roman-Greco wrestling club, which he has dubbed Caveman Wrestling.
He said he enjoys helping kids advance toward their goals and "maybe even change part of their lives a little bit."
For Goodale, it's a way to give back to the sport as well as to his hometown.
"It means so much to me to be able to do it on the green and white mats," he said.