Coaches Hall of Fame: Boyd Blomenkamp

Hall of Fame – 1988

Graduating from Wayne State in 1962, Coach Blomenkamp headed for O’Neill where he introduced a brand new sport to the community, amateur wrestling. After two years he moved on to Colorado where he became the assistant for the wrestling program at Mapleton High School in Denver. Drawn back to Nebraska he went to Pierce as head football and track coach—Pierce was not ready for wrestling. In 1971 Boyd traveled west again and came to Alliance where he took over the wrestling program in 1972. This was the first year he had been “tangled up” with the b-word sport. In 1974 he came home to O’Neill where he remains today. He headed the wrestling program for three years and then took over the administrative reins as principal. However, in 1983, wrestling still in his blood, he headed up the program for the third time until his retirement from it, at least for the time being, in 1987. Coaching wrestling for 12 years he compiled a record of 68-31. His teams were district champions three times, runners-up once, and placed six times in the top ten teams at state, coming in third in 1973 and 1987. He has had 61 state qualifiers with 26 place winners and five state champions. Coach Blomenkamp has also officiated wrestling for 10 years and began the Pee Wee Wrestling Program and Tournament in O’Neill 14 years ago. His biggest thrill has been the opportunity to coach two of his three sons in wrestling.

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