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Posted December 23, 2013
Hall of Fame wrestling coach Steinkamp passes away

The Eastern Iowa wrestling community suffered a loss Sunday.

Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame wrestling coach Dave Steinkamp, 69, of Winthrop, died. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 28 at East Buchanan High School gymnasium. A visitation is set for Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Fawcett Funeral Home in Winthrop, and Saturday prior to the funeral service, beginning at 9 a.m.

According to the Buchanan County Sheriff, Steinkamp suffered life-threatening injuries after getting trapped under a hay bale Dec. 18 and was transported to University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.

Steinkamp coached East Buchanan from 1969-2001. He recorded a 312-112-8 (73.1 winning percentage) dual record, which is tied for 31st on the state’s all-time dual wins list. A dual event hosted by the school was named in honor of the coach previously.

He coached four of the school’s five individual champions, including two-time state champion Rod Decker, who the Class 1A 119-pound title in 1985 and the 126-pound crown in 1986. His first state champion came in 1982 when Jim Lee won a 1A title at 155.

Steinkamp coached Justin Short to the 160-pound championship in 1995, highlighting a memorable moment in Buccaneer wrestling history. Steinkamp led East Buchanan to its best team finish at the traditional state tournament, taking home runner-up honors in 1A.

In 1998, Steinkamp was inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining his father, Gene, who was his coach at Charles City High School.

Steinkamp is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of Winthrop, and a daughter, Debra Donlea, also of Winthrop, and a son, Will, of Urbana, four grandchildren, his mother, Dorothy Steinkamp of Rockford, Ill., and a brother, Tom, of Belvidere, Ill.

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