HALL OF FAME 2012
I grew up on a ranch 25 miles north of Hyannis Nebraska and attended country school until 7th grade. I started wrestled in the Nebraska Kids Federation under my dad Gary Hoyt as coach and my brother Todd as a workout partner through elementary, Jr. High and High School. My first wrestling experience in public was exhibition matches between the JV and Varsity Duals held in Hyannis. My first wrestling tournaments were in Gordon and McCook in elementary School. Throughout grade school we traveled all over the Midwest with my dad wresting. I started Jr. High at Hyannis in 1974 under Coach Dennis Miller and in 1974-75and went 15-2. In 1976 I was 19-8 as a Freshman at 126, in 1977 I was 22-5 as a Sophomore at 132 and qualified for state. We transferred to Mullen High School in the fall of 1977and I wrestled my Junior and Senior years under Head Coach Bile Pile and assistants Larry Huchinson and Dan Brost. In 1978 I was 28-2 and won state at 145. In 1979 I was 29-1 and a state champion at 145. I won state championships in Freestyle and Greco Roman during my high school years and competed in Iowa at the Jr. Nationals in Freestyle and Greco. I was the Nebraska Federation Junior Freestyle/Greco Roman Point Series Champion my Senior year. I wrestled for Chadron State College from 1979-1984 at 150 and 158, qualifying for nationals two of those years. Coaches John McClure, Roger Jehlicka and Darold Andrist were my coaches. I have coached wrestling for 25 years with elementary, Jr. High and High School wrestling programs at Minden, Mullen, Gibbon, and Ainsworth. I have had the opportunity to coach my 2 sons Jacob and Caleb through their elementary, Jr. High and High School years. I can’t think of a greater sport as a competitor and to have had the opportunities to give back to wrestling as a coach. Phil is being introduced by his High School Coach from Mullen Bill Pile.