Kristie Stubbs Earns Dellinger Award As Top Wrestling Writer

DATE: 10/16/2008 7:00:00 PM

Kristie Stubbs has been named the 2008 Dellinger Award winner as amateur wrestling writer of the year by Amateur Wrestling News.

The award, given by the magazine since 1960, is named for Bob Dellinger, a sports writer and editor for newspapers in Oklahoma covering high school and college wrestling.

Stubbs is the fourth woman to win the Dellinger Award. Nancy and Russ Hellickson won the award in 1974, Doris Dellinger (wife of Bob) in 1977, and Lisa Little in 1996.

Stubbs has been writing profiles for Amateur Wrestling News since 2002. Her first profile subject for the magazine was Terry Davis, author of the popular wrestling novel turned movie, Vision Quest. Over the years, the native of New Ulm, Minnesota has written about numerous individuals in the sport, from up-and-coming high school wrestlers and current top-level collegiate competitors, to all-time greats such as Les Anderson, a two-time NCAA champion for Iowa State (1958 and 1960) who was long-time assistant coach for his college alma mater. In addition, she usually writes the annual Freshman of the Year profile for Amateur Wrestling News.

Stubbs was introduced to wrestling through her niece, Sara, once a high school wrestling cheerleader who urged her aunt to attend a high school tournament in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area where Stubbs resides. Stubbs was an instant fan.

?I was immediately drawn to the intensity.?

In addition to Kristie Stubbs, other recent Dellinger Award winners include wrestling historian Jay Hammond, author of The History of Collegiate Wrestling, and Jason Bryant, until recently Director of Media Relations for the National Wrestling Coaches Association and writer/webmaster of their Intermat website, now involved in the amateur wrestling news TV program Wrestling 411.