Competitors Hall of Fame: Brian Hagan

Hall of Fame – 2000

In the words of Rod Wietjes, assistant wrestling coach at Gibbon, Brian “was an exceptional wrestler in high school and is one of a handful of Nebraska kids that ever won a National Championship at the college level.” Take a look at the following facts and we think you will agree. Wrestling at 105 pounds he took 3rd place at state in 1983. He followed that debut by taking the State Crown in 1984 and 1985 at the same weight, capturing the runner-up spot in 1986 at 112 lbs. His high school record stands at 115-17. He can also claim the Class C State Record for most tournament victories in a career at 33. Entering the college ranks at UNK he earned a 97-24 won/loss standing. In 1989 he picked up the NAIA 5th place medal at 118 lbs. He captured the NAIA National Champion title in 1990 at 118 lbs., becoming the first National Champ at UNK. He was also a 2x NAIA All American and chosen as a member of The Team of the Decade 80’s-90’s at UNK. He continues to stay involved with the sport having coached as either head or assistant at Gibbon for ten seasons and now teaching at Sunrise Middle School in Kearney he works with the Little Kid Wrestling program, coaches the Sunrise Middle School program, and has been on the Huskerland Board of Directors. Considering his biggest thrill in wrestling the winning of the National Championship title at Fort Hayes , Brian is introduced by Rod Wietjes.

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