USU Athletics: Utah State will host Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, Sept. 5

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12 2014 5:05 p.m. MDT

An induction ceremony and dinner honoring Utah State Athletics' 12th Hall of Fame Class is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m., at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan.

Reservations for the banquet can be made through the USU Athletics Department by contacting Assistant Athletic Director for Special Projects Jimmy Moore at (435) 797-7101 or by registering online. The cost is $35 per seat, or $300 for a table of 10.

The 2014 inductees will also be recognized in conjunction with Utah State's home football game against Idaho State on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.

The six inductees include: Cordell Andersen, one of just two wrestlers in school history to be a two-time All-American; Yolanda Arvizu, one of just seven Aggie softball All-Americans; Anthony Calvillo, the most prolific passing quarterback in professional football history; Craig Carter, a two-time All-American weight thrower; Troy Collier, one of the all-time best Aggie basketball players; and Dale Mildenberger, one of the longest-employed athletic department members in school history.

A total of 81 individuals and three teams have now been inducted into the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 with 12 initial members, followed by eight members in 1994 and seven in 1995. The addition of any inductees was stopped until 2006 when five more individuals were added, followed by six recipients in 2007, and five in 2008 along with a national championship team, the first-ever team inducted. Seven more inductees were added in 2009, followed by six in 2010, five in 2011 plus two more national championship teams, eight in 2012, six inductees in 2013 and six more inductees in 2014.

Located inside the Steve Mothersell Hall of Honor, the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame gives fans the opportunity to view biographical information and watch videos on each of the inducted members. The Hall of Fame and the Hall of Honor are located inside the Jim and Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex in the north end of Romney Stadium.

Andersen is one of just two wrestlers in school history to be a two-time All-American along with Alfred Castro. Andersen finished his collegiate career with an overall record of 116-33, which ranks second all-time in school history for wins. Overall, Andersen is one of 10 wrestlers in school history to win 100 matches. As a senior in 1986, Andersen earned All-American honors for the second-straight year after finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships at 126 pounds. Andersen was also the Pacific Coast Athletic Association Champion as a senior at 126 pounds. During his junior campaign in 1985, Andersen finished sixth at the NCAA Championships at 126 pounds to earn his first All-American honor. As a sophomore in 1984, Andersen had a 16-6 dual record and posted a 24-12 mark as a freshman.

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