Hall of Fame – 1982
Mr. Mancuso is another of the individuals who has contributed to the sport in Nebraska in a number of ways. Bob had an illustrious career at Omaha Central losing only four matches in his high school career. A three time state runner-up and one time state champ he earned four gold medal finishes in the North High Tournament. He attended Kansas State University where he was a four time runner-up in the Big Seven Conference. He participated in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling and qualified to participate in the Melbourne, Australia Olympics but decided to begin his coaching career instead.
Bob landed a coaching job at Bellvue in 1956 and by 1961 had managed to wrest the state championship from Omahas’ schools for the first time since 1928. He then moved to the University of Nebraska where he was named the Big 8’s “Rookie Coach of the Year” in 1962. Mancuso produced two Big 8 individual champions and one national champion and steered UNL to a fourth place finish in the Big 8, the highest team finish ever at that time.
Mr. Mancuso’s other honors and contributions include establishing an awards program for the Metro Hall of Fame, received the Central “0” Club Award for contribution and service, served as chair of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s Sports Committee, has been a member of the UNO Booster Club and Creighton Prep Booster Club. Bob has donated trophies to the Creighton Prep and Vern Ekfelt Tournaments for countless years. He was also honored for his contribution in compiling records for University of Nebraska wrestling.
This Nebraska gem continues to support wrestling in many ways.