National Wrestling Hall of Fame: A closer look at this year's honorees

by Trent Shadid Published: June 19, 2014
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Distinguished Member honorees

Eric Guerrero

Currently the associate head coach at Oklahoma State, Guerrero was a three-time NCAA champion and four-time All-American for the Cowboys (1996-99). He complied 117-13 overall record as a four-year star for OSU.

Internationally, the San Jose, Calif., native was a member of the United States World Team for five consecutive years and was a 2004 Olympian.

Dean Lahr

Lahr was a three-time NCAA finalist and two-time champion at the University of Colorado (1962-64).

He was named Outstanding Wrestler at the 1964 NCAA Tournament, where he won his second consecutive national title. His collegiate record was 58-4, and he also won National AAU Freestyle Championships in 1962 and 1966.

Mickey Martin

The three-time All-American and two-time national champion at Oklahoma posted a career record of 42-6.

Martin, a Tulsa Central product, was named Outstanding Wrestler after winning his second consecutive title at the 1963 NCAA Tournament. He and his father, Wayne, are still the only father and son to win the Outstanding Wrestler award at the NCAA Tournament.

Martin is also a longtime high school and college wrestling coach whose career has included stops at Del City, Capitol Hill and South Dakota State.

Kerry McCoy

Now heading into his seventh season as the head coach at Maryland, McCoy was a two-time NCAA champion at Penn State in 1994 and 1997.

His 150 career wins ranks second in PSU history. He was a two-time Olympian for the United States, finishing fifth in 2000 and seventh in 2004.

Other honorees

Hall of Outstanding Americans: Jim Jordan

Congressman Jim Jordan has represented Ohio’s 4th congressional district since 2007.

The Champaign County, Ohio native was a four-time state champion at Graham High School (1979-82) and went on to become a three-time All-American at Wisconsin, winning back-to-back NCAA titles in 1985-86.

Hall of Outstanding Americans: Colin Kilrain

Rear Admiral Colin Kilrain earned All-American honors three times at Lehigh (1980-82) with a career record of 87-8.

Kilrain currently serves as the assistant commanding officer at Joint Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, N.C., and is a career Naval Special Warfare SEAL officer with multiple Joint Special Operation duty assignments.


by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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