Kudos! – November 2, 2012

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Wrestlers lead class for CS Sports Hall of Fame

One of the best high school wrestlers in Colorado history, Duane Goldman, was named to the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame. He won two state championships at Cheyenne Mountain High in 1979 and 1981, compiling an 85-2 record over three varsity seasons.

Wayne Baughman, longtime Air Force mat coach and Olympian, also was named to the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame this week and joins Olympic figure skater and famed coach Christy Krall; International and Olympic sports leader George Killian; CU two-time All-American punter Barry Helton, who also owns two Super Bowl Championship rings with the San Francisco 49ers; and the 1986-2012 Cheyenne Mountain High girls state championship tennis teams in the Class of 2012.

After high school, Goldman joined the NCAA program at the University of Iowa in 1982 and won four straight Big Ten titles, recorded three NCAA second-place finishes and won the 1986 NCAA championship at 190 pounds for the Hawkeyes. He has been head coach at Indiana University for 20 seasons, taking his Hoosier teams to the NCAA Championships in each season. His teams have posted a 253-135-5 mark in dual meets.

Baughman has lived in Colorado Springs for more than four decades and is one of the nation’s most well-known figures in collegiate and international wrestling. He was a three-time All-American and NCAA Champion at Oklahoma. He was a member of three U.S. Olympic teams and is the only individual to win national championships in all four styles of wrestling: collegiate, freestyle, Greco-Roman and Sombo.

Baughman, head coach for the 1976 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Team that won six medals, was assistant and head coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy for 27 years as well as an associate professor. He was a charter member of the USOC’s Athletes Advisory Council and a member of the USOC board of directors from 1976-1980.

Film Festival celebrates 25 years

Colorado Springs City Council recently recognized the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival for its 25 years of programming. This year’s Nov. 2-4 festival includes 32 films, 11 filmmakers/film subjects and two filmmaker forums. Films are shown at Cornerstone Arts Center, Armstrong Hall and the Fine Arts Center.

The festival, a nonprofit organization, is the longest continuous-running women’s film festival in North America, the city’s proclamation said. It showcases documentary, feature, short and animated films that are thought provoking and enriching, and encourage global awareness and personal growth.

The festival, founded in 1988 by Donna Guthrie and Jere Martin, now employs an executive director, relies on about 40 volunteers and welcomes more than 1,000 people each November.