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Eiler Henrickson '43 Honored For His Wrestling Career

November 22, 2005

Eiler used to "wrestle all comers" during the half-times of Carleton
basketball games. This match was in 1976 when he was 55 years old.

November 22, 2005 - Congratulations to Eiler Henrickson '43, a Carleton geology professor from 1946 until 1987, on his selection for a Lifetime Of Service Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame!

The presentation of the award will be at the Minnesota Chapter Hall Of Fame Banquet on April 22, 2006, in Owatonna.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma, preserves the heritage of the sport of Greco-Roman wrestling, celebrates new achievements, and encourages young people to aspire to lofty goals.

Eiler spoke at his 50th class
reunion in 1993.

Many people remember the days when Eiler coached Carleton's wrestlers. A favorite tradition he maintained was to challenge all comers to wrestle him in front of the crowd during the half-time of varsity basketball games. A strong, experienced and wily athlete, he never lost a match.

Eiler grew up in Deerwood, Minnesota, on the Iron Range, and at Carleton was a natural history major in the class of 1943. An extraordinary athlete, he won nine letters in football, wrestling and track. He never lost a dual race in track, and set Carleton records in the mile and two-mile runs. He was undefeated in dual meets for three years in wrestling; in the 1942-43 season he served as both captain and coach. A center and linebacker in football, he often played a full game and ran in the halftime cross country meet. Eiler was Carleton's wrestling coach from 1946 until 1958.

In the 1948 Olympic wrestling trials, Eiler went through the district, regional and national elimination tournaments without a defeat, failing to gain a place on the Olympic team only because of the archaic "black mark" system which penalized a wrestler for winning "only" by decision. He defeated four former national champions during the trials.

Eiler served as a first lieutenant in the US Army and as a geologist for the US Geological Survey during World War II. He joined the Carleton faculty in 1946 as a geologist and wrestling coach, earning his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Minnesota in 1956. He was chair of the Geology Department for many years before retiring from Carleton in 1987 to become chair of the geology department at Colorado College for a decade.

In 1949 Eiler won national recognitiion for the discovery of uranium deposits in Upper Michigan while he was consulting for the Jones and Laughlin Co. and the Atomic Energy Commission. Other geology and archaeology field work over the years took him to Alaska, Scotland, Norway and Greece.