Press release from Brute
Jeff “peanut” Bowyer, National Sales Manager for Brute Wrestling and Co-Founder, Executive Director for R.E.A.C.H.E.S., a national non-profit will be inducted into the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in April 2012, receiving the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award. The Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award recognizes individuals who have devoted a lifetime of service to wrestling, their communities and most importantly the young wrestlers they have coached, taught, motivated and inspired throughout their careers as coaches, officials and contributors. All of the honorees have more than twenty years of service to the sport of wrestling. In addition to being honored at the banquet, the recipients will have their names permanently enshrined in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
In addition to helping produce innovative new products to the market, Bowyer is heavily involved in the wrestling community and is committed to helping grow the sport of wrestling through the non-profit R.E.A.C.H.E.S. program.
Though he began his association with wrestling in the town of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, it was in the great state of Virginia that Jeff Bowyer began his rise to becoming an integral part of the National wrestling community. As an athlete, coach, volunteer, and philanthropist, Bowyer’s accolades and contributions have made major impacts at James Madison University, the National Wrestling Coaches Association, the Colonial Athletic Association, the Virginia Intercollegiate State Championship, Equity in Athletics, Henson Group Sports and the R.E.A.C.H.E.S. program. These accomplishments have made Bowyer not just a viable candidate for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, but a necessary recipient of this prestigious honor.
During his collegiate career he amassed countless accolades and accomplishments on his way to becoming the most victorious wrestler in James Madison’s history. He currently still holds the career (125) and season (43) wins record as a wrestler and aided the Dukes to two NCAA Eastern Regional Team Championships during his tenure. Individually, Bowyer was a two-time NCAA Eastern Regional Champion, two-time Virginia Intercollegiate State Champion, and a three-time participant in the NCAA Division I Championships.
Bowyer’s accomplishments as an athlete positioned him for selection as Head Coach at his alma mater in 1988. Coach Bowyer led the Dukes to 112 wins (a school record for wins as a coach), two Colonial Athletic Association titles, and a Virginia Collegiate Team State Championship during his leadership. His peers recognized his impact on the James Madison program and collegiate wrestling, twice electing him Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year (1999, 2000) and NCAA Virginia State Coach of the Year (1996, 1999). In April 2000, James Madison University honored Bowyer with their highest award by inducting him to the James Madison University Athletic Hall of Fame.
In 2002, Bowyer moved forward in his ongoing search to have a bigger impact on the sport of wrestling and became Director of Operations and Annual Giving for the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA).
Within five years, Bowyer helped grow the NWCA from a volunteer-based non-profit to an organization that has become a leader in the advancement of wrestling, starting new programs, saving threatened ones, and having a proactive approach to making the NWCA a leader in coach’s Associations Nationwide.
During the spring of 2007, Bowyer took his wrestling expertise to The Henson Group as a Director of Sports Marketing and most recently has been promoted to National Sales Manager for Brute Wrestling. During his employment in the business world, he has not ventured far from his dedication to the growth of the great sport of wrestling.
He currently serves as President and Board Member for Equity in Athletics, and is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of a national non-profit R.E.A.C.H.E.S. (Rewarding Educational Athletic Choices Helping Each Sport) program. Additionally, Bowyer remains an active member of the NWCA.
Bowyer’s influence within the realm of wrestling continues to grow as his dedication and passion for his current projects lead them to fruition. Wrestling will continue to benefit from his dedication for years to come.
Bowyer joins three other members of the Henson Group ownership in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Stillwater, OK. Company founder and Olympic Bronze medalist Josiah Henson and Arthur Martori, Sunkist Kids are both Distinguished Members of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Additionally, Henson Group CEO John Purnell was inducted into the Hall as the 2008 Pennsylvania Chapter’s Outstanding American.
Henson Group is located in Sinking Spring, PA and is the manufacturer for Brute Wrestling and NeuEdge Sportswear.
About Brute Wrestling
As the first U.S. company to sell wrestling products by mail order, Brute Wrestling originated in 1967 as the Henson Company, Inc. in the residence of its founder, Captain Josiah Henson. Today under the trade name, Brute Wrestling, the company continues to provide a complete line of top quality wrestling products and apparel to sporting goods dealers for amateur and professional athletic clubs and teams and buyers worldwide. For more information on Brute wrestling visit brute.com and follow Brute Wrestling on Facebook.