Taking a look at the Wrestling Hall of Fame honorees

Greg Strobel and Chris Taylor were among those honored
BY ANTHONY SLATER Staff Writer aslater@opubco.com Published: June 1, 2012
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Distinguished members

Greg Strobel — Bethlehem, Pa.

Strobel was a three-time All-American and two-time NCAA champion at Oregon State, compiling a career 126-8-1 record. After that, he moved on to a successful coaching career at both the college (Lehigh University) and Olympic level.

Chris Taylor — Dowagia, Mich.

In 1972, Taylor won the NCAA heavyweight title for Iowa State University before capturing the bronze medal for the United States Olympic team at the Munich games. Competing at 412 pounds, he was the heaviest Olympian ever until the record was broken in 2008. Taylor died in 1979, at the age of 29, from heart failure.

Stephen Neal — Poway, Calif.

One of the greatest collegiate wrestlers in history, Neal was an All-American all four years at Cal State Bakersfield, compiling a 151-10 career record and winning two NCAA titles. Neal moved on to a career in the NFL, where he signed as an undrafted free agent guard with the New England Patriots and won three Super Bowls.

Fred Fozzard — Ashland, Ore.

At Oklahoma State University, Fozzard won an individual title in 1967 and helped the Cowboys to two other team titles. In 1969, he became the United States' first World Champion, winning freestyle gold in Mar De Plata, Argentina. Fozzard did all of this despite contracting polio at age 2, which left him with a shrunken right arm.