Competitors Hall of Fame: Bob Lynch

COMPETITOR
Hall of Fame – 1996
Broken Bow & Chadron State

Moving from Wakefield to Broken Bow when he was a sophomore in high school, introduced Bob Lynch to the World of Wrestling. His first match resulted in his being pinned, which was the first and last time that happened in the remainder of his wrestling career in college and high school. Losing his next four matches that year, he doggedly continued, steadily improving and ending the season with a 17-7 record. He captured the State Crown when he was a Senior and posted a career record, at that point, of 64-10. Steve Gremm, himself an NAIA medal winner for Chadron State, encouraged Bob to try wrestling for Chadron State. It was here that his star continued to rise. He qualified for Nationals all four years, never losing a conference match. He was named Outstanding Wrestler at Chadron 3x, Outstanding Senior Athlete and All American in 1972 closing his college career with an 87-6 record. He still holds the best single season and career winning percentage at Chadron. But his biggest thrill came when he was crowned NAIA National Champ at the tournament in Klamath Falls , Ore. Word has it that his good luck charm was the 3rd nickel he popped into a slot machine at Reno, spilling out $7.50. Spurred on by this omen of good luck, he took out five wrestlers to capture the NAIA crown, pinning John Craig of West Liberty, West Virginia in 71 seconds, which was the fastest time recorded in the tourney finals. Bob stayed interested in wrestling through coaching at the Chadron Job Corps, Atkinson West Holt, and Lexington Junior High. He is introduced by his friend and former teammate Orlando Cordova.

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