Coaches Hall of Fame: L.D. Nease

Hall of Fame – 1986

Stepping into the wrestling limelight as a novice with no high school or college experience in wrestling, Lanny took a “crash course” in 1966 at an Iowa Clinic when he was “offered” the job of coaching wrestling at Rushville. Taking home the state crown for Rushville in 1967, wrestling grabbed hold of him even though he had previosuly been interested in coaching football. He had discovered the “greatest sport ever” in wrestling. Lanny advanced as a coach to Gordon and on to Columbus where he remained for 10 years and led the Discoverers to a power to be reckoned with in the wrestling world. He was the first Nebraska coach to take a prep team outside the Omaha/Lincoln area to two consecutive state titles in 1974 and ’75, collecting a third in 1979. He has had 36 tournament champs and garnered 32 first place team titles. In 1978 , at a home dual with Norfolk, his Discoverers made Nebraska wrestling history by drawing 2,100 fans.

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