(Atlantic) Three individuals who have made a huge impact on Atlantic Trojan Wrestling were inducted into the first annual Atlantic/CAM Wrestling Hall of Fame Friday night.
The first Inductee of the night was the late Rollin Dyer. Mr. Dyer’s grandson, Matt accepted the award
for Mr. Dyer, who helped pioneer wrestling not only in Atlantic, but in southwest Iowa.
Mr. Dyer, a native of Indianola, holds degrees from Simpson and Drake. His teaching and coaching career began at Griswold in the late 1940’s. He took a short hiatus from education after Griswold, and milked cows for 9-months. After 12-hour days, nearly 7-days, a week, he decided that coaching and teaching was the right fit for him.
Mr. Dyer played an integral part in starting the wrestling program not only in Atlantic but in Southwest Iowa.
From 1954-1965, he coached and taught at Creston, and from 1965-1967 was high school principal at Glenwood, before finishing out his education career at Atlantic as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, where he started the Atlantic wrestling program.
During his career as an educator Mr. Dyer served as a head coach in virtually all boys’ sports at one time or another. For example, he coached the Creston baseball team to a second place finish in 1958.
A respected educator throughout the entire state, Mr. Dyer, served as president of the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association, was selected Iowa Athletic Director of the year in 1987 and was a 10-year member of the Board of Control of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the governing body, of Iowa High School boys sports.
Mr. Dyer is an inductee into the Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, as well as the Simpson College Hall of Fame. The Atlantic Wrestling Tournament was renamed, “The Rollin Dyer Wrestling Tournament,” in 2005.
Mr. Dyer passed away on May 15, 2011, at the age of 84.
The second inductee is Lynn Barnes. Coach Barnes started three wrestling programs from the ground-up. He was a member of the first Dana College Wrestling team, started the high school wrestling program at Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and began the wrestling program in Atlantic.
“Head up, butt down, feet apart, and short choppy steps. There is a difference between pain and injury, and just rub a little dirt on it and it will be okay,” were just of few of Coach Barnes famous quotes.
Lynn Barnes graduated from Glenwood in 1960 where he was an all around athlete. He played football, basketball and ran track. His junior year he was a member of the Class 2A, 2-mile relay team.
From there he went to Dana College, in Blair, Nebraska, where he was a 2-year letterman in football, and was a member of their first ever Dana College wrestling team. During his senior year he was named Dana’s “Athlete of the Year.”
He graduated from Dana College in 1964, married his wife Joan, and headed to Plattsmouth, Nebraska, where he coached football, and started the wrestling program in 1965. Lynn Barnes came to Atlantic in 1967, as an assistant football coach, and started the wrestling program in Atlantic in the fall of 1968. Four years later his team won the prestigious Corning wrestling tournament, now known as the John J. Harris Invitational. Anyone who has been around wrestling knows that this is a big accomplishment. He coached the Trojans to numerous conference titles, and was the head coach of Robert Burrows, who was the first ever Atlantic wrestler, to win a state wrestling title.
He also served as the defensive coordinator for 26-years at a storied Atlantic football program. During his tenure Atlantic made numerous state playoff appearances, and twice finished as state runner-up.
Lynn Barnes, the first, at Dana, Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and Atlantic is a 2011 Atlantic/CAM Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee.
The third inductee is Robert “Bob” Burrows, a three year letter winner at Atlantic, compiling a 75-15 career record. In 1980, his junior year, Robert Burrows placed 5th at the state meet and won a state championship at 119-pounds in an undefeated senior season. Atlantic’s first state wrestling champion!
Robert started his collegiate career at Northwestern College in Orange City, amassing a 19-8 record and was a national qualifier where he went 2-2. Burrows then transferred to the University of Central Missouri, where he went 31-12, and lead the team with 102-points.
In the 1985-1986 season, Robert Burrows qualified for Nationals and finished 8th as a junior, ending the season with a 29-13 record. The following year, he earned Al-American honors, placing 6th at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships. He was also an academic All-American. His collegiate career resulted in a 95-48 cumulative record. In 2009, Robert Burrows was inducted into the Central Missouri University Wrestling Hall of Fame.
After his college career, Robert Burrows began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Warrensburg, Missouri, in1987, and assumed the head coaching job at Lathrop, Missouri in 1988.
From 1989-2000, he served as head coach at Higginville, Missouri. In his 15-years as head wrestling coach, he had 10-teams place in the top ten.
From 2007 to the present he has been head wrestling coach at Lexington, Missouri, where he has taken 18-wrestlers to the state meet and brought home with a multitude of medals, and a top five finish as a team. He was named District Coach of the Year last season to add to a long list of coaching honors.
Robert Burrows is retiring after this season.
(Photo: Left to right: Robert Burrows, Lynn Barnes, Matt Dyer)
November 19, 2011