Hall of Fame – 2007
Omaha Benson, Millard North
Mel has been involved in wrestling as a competitor or coach for 50 years
having retired and then coming back to help out. Coach Masek began his lifelong love of the sport as a competitor for South High School where his success took him to UNO where he competed in both wrestling and football. After a short period coaching at Underwood, Iowa he spent the next 23 years as the head wrestling coach at Omaha Benson High. There he coached 7 state champs and his team finished the 1971 season as runner-up. Having retired he came back after several years to help guide the Millard North Wrestling program. He is also a founding member of the Metro Coaches Assoc., was responsible for developing the seeding card and criteria for that, was the first Nebraska school to use Mat Maids, also held clinics for Mat Maids, and held many wrestling clinics. He considers it a special honor to be a member of the Metro Wrestling Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame and the fact that he was District Coach of
the Year seven times. He considers his biggest thrill whenever a former wrestler returns and tells him how wrestling influenced him or her. Mel is introduced by his former assistant coach at UNO Dr. Don Benning, Hall ’85.