During the Lee Wolf Wrestling Tournament held in Aberdeen on Saturday, January 26th, 2019, Bob Tiff, of Redfield, was pleasantly surprised to receive the Todd Kramp Memorial Award. The award, presented at the Lee Wolf Tournament for the past 16 years, is given to honor an individual who has “made great contributions to wrestling, but often in an unnoticed capacity.” It also seeks to recognize “the tireless work of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ persons who make wrestling events the best they can be.”
“It was very unexpected,” said Tiff.”…But I am very grateful to have been nominated and to be this year’s recipient.”
The award was created in memory of Todd Kramp, a youth sports supporter who assisted in multiple youth sports activities. Not only was the softball field in Brentford named in Kramp’s honor, but wrestling was one of his favorite sports and he coached youth wrestling and officiated the sport, volunteering to work state wrestling tournaments in Aberdeen.
“He was a fine fellow who worked tirelessly behind the scenes for the benefit of youth in our area,” said Gene Brownell, Aberdeen Central’s Athletic Director.”When he passed at age 50, we connected with his widow, Laura, and together came up with the award.”
Bob was honored with the award with these words:
“Bob has been a tremendous supporter of wrestling in Northeast South Dakota for more years than he would like to remember. His association with the sport has led him to be the announcer for the Lee Wolf Wrestling Tournament for numerous years. In addition, he has announced the State ‘A’ and ‘B’ wrestling tournaments in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.
Bob is well known throughout our state as a supporter of wrestling and sports in general. We are honored to present him with this token of our appreciation for a job well done.”