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Remembering John Chapman

Jeff Rankin
The Monmouth College family was saddened this past weekend to learn of the untimely death of Hall of Fame wrestler John Chapman ’92.

Chapman, 41, died of an apparent heart attack on July 24 as he neared the final leg of the Bix 7 road race in Davenport, Iowa, an event in which the dedicated athlete and his wife, Jody Smith Chapman ’91, had competed several times.

Chapman established a Fighting Scots record in his first year at Monmouth with 36 wins and qualified for the national meet, placing sixth at 134 pounds. He won Midwest Conference titles twice. A standout wrestler at Galesburg High School, where he posted a 130-15 career record and placed fifth in the state as a senior, he had been head wrestling coach there for the past 10 years.

To honor Chapman’s memory, we present this video excerpt from his 2006 Hall of Fame induction ceremony.