Competitors Hall of Fame: Jim Scherr

Hall of Fame – 1995
University of Nebraska
at Lincoln

Just two days past his 34th birthday, Jim Scherr has more credits to his name than most people carry in two lifetimes. Beginning to wrestle at the age of 10 with his twin, Bill, and his other brothers in South Dakota he found his niche in life. While in high school he was a State Champ his senior year and also placed fourth in the 1980 Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman. Also interested in football, track, baseball, and rodeo he came to the University of Nebraska on a sholarship in wrestling. Here he was a two-time NCAA All American, winning the NCAA title at 177 pounds his senior year. He placed fifth his junior year. He also picked up the Midlands Champ, NCAA All-Star, and Big 8 Champ titles in l983. In 1984 he was Big 8 Champ and NCAA Champ. He ranks ninth in season wins with 35, eighth with season winning percentage of .934, sixth in overall career record (109-25-4), sixth overall career winning percentage of .804, fifth in career dual won/loss record (56-13-3) , and tenth in career dual wins with a percentage of .788. Ever widening his circles of experience he was active in Kappa Sigma fraternity, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action. Graduating in 1985 he picked up his MBA at J.L. Kellog Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Still climbing the wrestling ladder he was two-time World silver medalist in 1987 and 1989, third in the 1986 World Championships, fifth in the 1988 Olympic Games, two-time World Cup Champion in 1986 and 1988, beat previously unbeaten Makharbek Khadartsev of the USSR in the 1989 World Cup finals, second in the 1986 and 1990 Goodwill Games, three – time US Nationals Champ (1986,1987, 1989), second in the 1990 US Nationals and World Team Trials, 1990 Minsk Tournament Champ, 1989 Pan American Champ, 1989 US Open International Champion, and 1987 and 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival Champ. Named USA Wrestling Man of the Year in 1994 he currently serves as Executive Director of USA Wrestling. Claiming the winning of the NCAA Championships along with his twin brother, Bill, for the University of Nebraska as his biggest thrill he will be introduced by Tim Neumann, University of Nebraska Lincoln wrestling coach.

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