Competitors Hall of Fame: Loyd Farris

Hall of Fame – 1994
Omaha Tech

Lettering four years at Omaha Tech High School, Mr. Farris can claimthe distinction of being a three-time State Champ for that school, something only four others can do. Wrestling at 133 and 145 he captured his first crown as a Sophomore, the first year he stepped on the mat. In those days ( 1953-1955) State involved one class and sometimes included a couple of schools from Iowa. In that same time period he took 2 seconds & a first place at the North Invitation al – today’s Vern Ekfelt Invitational. Loyd recalls a large following for wrestling and remembers having to “lose weight” in order to beat a “tough team” from Iowa. Although Coach Bob Anderson sent most of the boys home after practice, Loyd would often stay to work out. The lights would be turned off but he had enough light from the “trouble lights” that he could run for one-two hours after practice. He credits his wrestling experience with giving him a sense of competition that has stayed with him in his adult life. He left active participation in wrestling when he lelft high school but the lessons learned, the enjoyment and successes, the friends and competitors are “never forgotten”. He keeps an active interest in wrestling by following the wrestling careers of his nephews. His biggest thrill came in l953 when, as a member of the state wrestling team for Technical High School, they brought back the state title. It was the first for Tech since 1938. Mr. Farris is introduced by his friend and former teammate, Milt Hearn, Omaha, Hall of Fame ’93.

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