Competitors Hall of Fame: Ed Arends

Hall of Fame – 2013

I wrestled at Mullen High School under four different coaches: Jim Sutherland, Charles Rector, Alan Brosozky, and Russ Jensen. I got my start by going to practice when I was an eighth grader but it wasn’t until the first day of practice my freshman year, when Coach Sutherland handed me a pair of wrestling shoes. I decided to go out for wrestling – since I had no basketball shoes.  I was blessed to be on three straight State Wrestling Teams 1969, 1970, and 1971.We had as many as 30 or more out for wrestling including four sets of brothers which always made for some interesting practices.  Like most schools back then we practiced on the stage which was usually exciting with people going over the stage and a few conflicts with the basketball coaches and players. I have many fond memories wrestling at Mullen High School.  I have been involved with wrestling since 1967 and still go to practices and meets and enjoy the wrestling. This award bestowed on me by the NSWCA is something I am proud of and am so humbled and thankful for. Thanks for keeping us old timers in your thoughts and part of this great organization.

Born 1953 to Roy and Vera Arends (both deceased)  August 16, 1953.  Siblings: Pat (deceased), Mona, (North Platte, Nebraska), Mike (Mullen, Nebraska), Roiann (Sidney, Nebraska).

I married Deb Phipps September 8, 1973. We have two children, Cori Rae Arends Schutz, Brant Russell Arends, and three granddaughters – Angelina, Berlyn, and Celia Schutz.

Wrestling Record 1968 – 1971: Freshman (18-9 Third State), Sophomore (18-5), Junior (21-3 STATE CHAMPION), (Senior 21-3 STATE CHAMPION) Four District finals – Freshman, Sophomore DISTRICT CHAMPION, Junior DISTRICT CHAMPION, and Senior DISTRICT CHAMPION. Wrestled at Kearney State College for one year.

Education – Graduate  Mullen High School 1971, Graduate Kearney State College 1980

Service – US Air Force 1973 – 1977 stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado;  Ellsworth Air Force Base Rapid City, South Dakota; – Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska

Coaching Career – 30 years coaching wrestling at Elwood Public Schools, Assistant Football Coach, Head Golf Coach. Athletic Director 12 years.

Coaching Awards – D-3 district coach of the year – NSAA thirty year Coach, NWCO coach of the year. Started Mullen Youth Program, Started Elwood Youth Program.  He is being introduced by Bill Phipps

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