Competitors Hall of Fame: Ryan Kaufman

Hall of Fame – 1989

An outstanding career in wrestling! The beginning was wrestling at Omaha Burke at 105 and a 22-9 record with 14 pins. His first state title came in the ’75-’76 season capping a record of 27-3 with 11 pins. Coming back the next year and returning to the throne his record improved to a whopping 33-0 with 25 matches ending in a fall. Ryan jumped into the college ranks in style as he earned a varsity positon at the Universtiy of Minnesota but was sidelined by injury. Coming back his sopomore year he was third in the Big 10 and a National Qualifier for Division I. Kaufman transferred to UNO and showed his mettle by earning Conference and National crowns in NCAA II and a national qualifying berth for NCAA I. His senior year saw a repeat of his conference crown and a bronze medal in the NCAA II finals to cap a 57-6-0 collegiate career. Not content to sit on the bench after graduation, Ryan invaded the Stillwater, Oklahoma camp and came away with a third place medal in the National Freestyle Open in 1984 and a gold in the UNO Open Tournament in 1986. He is also the 1977 Nebraska State High School Freestyle Champion, Academic All-American in 1981 and 1982 as well as outstanding tournament wrestler several times. Still feeding his insatiable appetite for this great sport Ryan has been an assistant at UNO three years and has given numerous wrestling clinics throughout Nebraska. By giving Ryan feels he is receiving much more in return.

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