Hall of Fame – 2002
Ashland-Greenwood & Lincoln Christian
Bill can proudly claim 15 years of Freestyle and Scholastic Wrestling from 1970-1984. He began his journey in 3rd grade with the YMCA Warriors in South Sioux City. He gathered more experience in 8th grade at Rosemont Baptist School in Minnesota, arriving at Ashland Greenwood in 1980 where he took his first State Crown his freshman year and 3rd his sophomore year. Moving on to Lincoln Christian he was State Champ his junior and senior year, undefeated both years. Other titles gathered are 2x Freestyle USWF, 1x Grego Champ AAU, National Champ AAU & USWF combined. His won/loss record stands at 106-5 with 82 pins. He is a 16x Freestyle State Champ in NE., IA.,MI., combined. Bill helped to start the program at Lincoln Christian where he served as competitor/coach his junior and senior year. He was voted Most Valuable Wrestler by the Sioux City Warriors’ team in ’75, was Athlete of the Week Omaha World Herald twice, took the Sertoma Award 2x, was Scholastic Wrestling All American Honorable Mention in ’84, and Outstanding Wrestling Westside Freestyle Open in ’97. He was given a full Academic/Athletic Scholarship to UNL but was injured and could not continue the sport incollege. Bill really loves to teach wrestling technique to kids who want to learn and he shows this spirit even today as he helps to coach the Millard South Wrestling Club. His biggest thrill came in the summer between his 8th and 9th grade. He wrestled in the USWF Junior Nationals in the 16 and under division, freestyle, in Iowa City. He was able to pin all 7 of his opponents in a total time of 6 minutes and 13 seconds. In winning his weight class he was also given the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler Awardand the Gregorian Award for having the most pins in the least amount oftime. This was presented to him by “none other than Dan Gable. Great Thrill!” He is introduced by Doug Denson, fellow coach.