Contributors Hall of Fame: Richard Brown

Hall of Fame – 1992

Unable to participate in any high school athletics because of a heart condition and because Neligh High School did not have wrestling on its sports schedule until 1959 when it was introduced by Hall of Famer Roger Barry. Dick did not really get “hooked” until his move to Lexington in 1964 when his oldest sone was in the fifth grade and became involved under coach Don Hather. In his words: “we have been hooked ever since”.

Prior to that time he viewed several matches in Kansas and Wyoming as he and his wife, Phyllis, moved about with the newspaper business. For those who regularly attended the State Meet Dick and Phyllis could be seen tending the phones and organizing and distributing results to the media across the state from the newsroom. Whenever a Lexington area boy was about to wrestle Phyllis was left alone as Dick headed matside with his camera to catch the action.

Evidence of his contributions to wrestling are the many testimonials received in his nomination to the Hall of Fame: Dave Boyd, wrestling coach from Norfolk—”a person loved by all who knew him”; Conde Sargent, NSAA asst. director—”their volunteer efforts here are unquestionably one of the biggest assists the newspapers, television and radio stations get in any one sport anywhere in the state”; Ray Ehlers, Lexington AD—”he was a walking encyclopedia on wrestling, most eager to help in any way regarding the Lexington wrestling program”; Al Shirley, ’91 Lex wrestling coach—”He put a lot of hard work into starting and running the kids’ wrestling program, always willing to take kids to the out-of-town meets and to the state tournament.”

As though this was not enough, he wrote stories for wrestling teams in the Lexington area, was a club coach from 1969 until his death in 1989, was on the Huskerland Board of Directors, and was the USA Folkstyle Area Director in 1986. His one regret was that he was never able to wrestle himself but got his greatest satisfaction from seeing the kids develop, not only “into good wrestlers but fine young men.”

A credit to accomplishment, dedication and popularity an annual scholarship to a senior Minuteman wrester is given in his honor and the Richard A. Brown Wrestling Tournament is held annually in his memory.

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