Hall of Fame – 2006
Cozad, Burwell, Chadron State
Qualifying for State his freshman and sophomore year whle at Cozad Mike was runner up his 2nd year (’77-’78). Moving to Burwell, he took the Gold his junior and senior year at state. While at Burwell his records were 32-0 and 28-0. Gathering momentum he finished 73-23 while at Chadron State where he was a 2x All American and placing 8th as a sophomnore and 3rd as a junior. His senior year he qualified for Nationals but a torn hamstring did not allow him to compete. Mike has been involved with wrestling in one way or another (including coaching) since 6th grade. He has helped coach Little Kids programs at Burwell and Ainsworth and at the natonal level with the Disney Dual Team. Mike is a member of the Chadron State College Athletic Hall of Fame, 1985 Amatuer Wrestling News, Freshman All Stars #1 at heavyweight in all college divisions and 1980 All State LIneman Shrine Bowl. He counts as his biggest thrill marrying his high school sweetheart, Kelly, and winning his two State Champ titles. Mike is introduced by his brother Darrin Max.