Competitors Hall of Fame: Frank Giglitto

Hall of Fame – 2002
Omaha Tech

Attending Omaha Tech when you had to catch the trolley for a ride home was not the most fun if you were the shortest kid waiting on the corner. So what could you do to let the bullies know you were not to be reckoned with – get on the wrestling team. And that is just what Frank did. He was All City and State Champ in 1946, ’47, ’48 and also took 1st place in the AAU his Senior year. He was 2nd in the Olympic Tryouts in ’48 and won two matches in the Ames, IA Olympic Finals. After graduation he was in the United States Marine Corps until 1952 where he continued to collect wrestling accolades. He was All Marine and All Navy in ’49 & ’50 and in those same two years he captured First Place in the AAU. He took the title in the Naval Training Center Open in ’50 & ’51 and was YMCA All ServiceChampion in ’49 & ’50. Frank was undefeated in Armed Forces Competition from 1948-1951 and named Outstanding Wrestler in ’50,’51,’52. He served his country in Korea from ’51-’52. Attending San Diego State College, after his stint in the Corps, he had 28 wins and 1 loss. Frank has shared his interest and talent in wrestling by helping with Boys’ Clubs, South Dakota high schools, and helped coach wrestlers in the United States Marine Corps. His biggest thrill came in his Senior year at Omaha Tech when he wrestled Walt Fuller of Thomas Jefferson High School. Fuller was a 2x State Champ andFrank defeated him 2-1. This was also the first timeFrank’s parents saw him wrestle. He is introduced by his son, Frank Giglitto, Jr.

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