The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum has named Eric Guerrero, Dean Lahr, Mickey Martin and Kerry McCoy as Distinguished Members of the Class of 2014, the amateur wrestling facility in Stillwater, Okla. announced Tuesday.
The four wrestlers will be officially welcomed into the Hall during Honors Weekend June 20-21, 2014.
Guerrero was a four-time NCAA All-American and three-time national champ (1997-99) for coach John Smith at Oklahoma State University. As a Cowboy, Guerrero amassed a career record of 117-13. An accomplished freestyle wrestler, Guerrero was also a four-time U.S. Open Champion and competed on five World teams and at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Lahr was a three-time All-American and three-time NCAA finalist for the University of Colorado. He was runner-up at the 1962 NCAAs before winning back-to-back national titles in 1963 and 1964, along with Outstanding Wrestler honors in 1964. His collegiate record was 58-4. Lahr won two National AAU Freestyle Championships in 1962 and 1966.
Martin competed for the University of Oklahoma where he won two NCAA wrestling titles in 1962 and 1963. He was voted the Outstanding Wrestler of the NCAA tournament in 1963, joining his father Wayne (also a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame). Wayne and Mickey Martin are the only father-son team to both become NCAA champs and OW honorees. Martin was a three-time All-American for the Sooners with a career record of 42-6.
McCoy won two NCAA heavyweight titles for Penn State University in 1994 and 1997. A three-time All-American, he finished his collegiate career with a record of 150-18. He won five straight U.S. Open Freestyle Championships from 2000 to 2004, earning a silver medal in the 2003 World Championships, and twice representing the U.S. in the Olympic Games finishing fifth in 2000 and seventh in 2004. McCoy is now head wrestling coach at the University of Maryland.
“The Class of 2014 is an exceptional group of individuals whose extraordinary legacies span the entire spectrum of wrestling achievement from youth, to collegiate to the Olympic levels of this great sport,” said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. “We are excited to enshrine such outstanding representatives of our sport who are sure to inspire generations to come to excel on the mat and in life.”
Want to see Dean Lahr and Mickey Martin in action? Check out silent, black-and-white film of the 1962 NCAA finals, posted by host school Oklahoma State to YouTube. Lahr’s match vs. Oklahoma State’s Bob Johnson starts about 17 minutes into the film; Martin’s bout vs. Minnesota-Mankato’s Al DeLeon begins at about 54 minutes.
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