The Kistler Brothers, “Riverside’s first family of wrestling”, were simply incredible in their accomplishments on the mat. Besides numerous high placings in the CIF and State rankings at Notre Dame High School from 1977 to 1981, Lindley, Harlan, Jackson and Marty won a combined 12 CIF Championships; 7 Masters Championships and 4 State championships.
Jackson won a State Title at 125 pounds in 1977 and went on to Arizona State. Harlan was a 98-pound CIF Champ in 1977 and a 119-pound State Champ in 1978. He went to UCLA and then Iowa. Lindley won CIF Titles at 115 and 136 in 1979 and 1980 before going to Iowa. Marty won CIF Titles all four years between 1978 and 1981, at 98, 115, 130 and 145 pounds, before also attending Iowa under legendary wrestling Coach Dan Gable.
While in college, competing in the Big-10 and Pac-10 conferences, the Kistlers won a combined 9 conference championships and placed 9 times in the top 6 of NCAA Division 1 competition. All the brothers were two-time Olympic Trials qualifiers. Not to be outdone , sister Darci gained world renown at the age of 17, becoming a Prima Ballerina and “Balanchine” dancer for the New York City Ballet, where she would perform for over 3 decades, achieving the highest level of notoriety in dance. She continues to give back to her lifelong passion through her recruiting and teaching efforts on behalf of the New York City Ballet.
HARLAN KISTLER: 3rd, 2nd, 1st, SS CIF Championships (Masters), 3rd and 1st California State Championships, 2nd at the National High School Greco Tournament in Iowa City, IA; Freestyle National Champion and 4th World Espoir Championships in Colorado Springs; 2x Pac 10 Champ & All-American for UCLA; Midlands Champion, Great Plains Champion, Big 10 Champion, 3rd NCAA National Championships for the University of Iowa.
JACKSON KISTLER: 2x SSCIF Runner-Up (Masters) 5th and 1st California State Championships, Pan American Champion; 2x All American for Arizona State University; Western Regional Champion; Top 3 in the 1984 Olympic Trials; 2nd at the PCFW World Championships in 1986.
LINDLEY KISTLER: 8th grade World Champion in Mexico City; 3x SS CIF Champion (Masters); 3rd, 2nd California State Championships; 3rd High School National Championships. Pac 10 Runner-up for Arizona State University; 3x Big 10 Champion, 2x All-American University of Iowa.
MARTY KISTLER: 4x SS CIF Champion (Masters); 4x Finalist; 2x Champion California State Championships; 4x Finalist, 3x Champion Big 10 Championships; 3x Finalist, 2x Champ NCAA National Championships; NCAA Outstanding Wrestler for the University of Iowa.
Harlan, Lindley & Marty were all coached by the legendary Dan Gable while attending the University of Iowa and participated on NCAA Championship Teams.
DARCI KISTLER was singled out at age 17 by George Balanchine, the New York City Ballet’s co-founder and iconic choreographer. She gained her fame and notoriety for her performances in Swan Lake and in hundreds of leading roles, spending 27 years as a “Balanchine dancer” at the NYC Ballet. Darci began studying ballet with Irina Kosmovska in Los Angeles at age 12. Within two years she received a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet. She joined the NYC Ballet in 1980 as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to soloist within a year and became a principal the following year. Darci has been a member of the School of American Ballet’s faculty since 1994 and has devoted much of her time to teaching students, mentoring young dancers and recruiting for American Ballet.