NORMAN, Okla. -- Former University of Oklahoma wrestling great Mickey Martin has been chosen as one of four distinguished members of the 2014 class of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, with induction ceremonies scheduled for June 20-21 in Stillwater, Okla.
A Distinguished Member can be a wrestler who has achieved extraordinary success in national and/or international competition, a coach who has demonstrated great leadership in the profession and has compiled an outstanding record, a contributor whose long-term activities have substantially enhanced the development and advancement of the sport, or a combination of the above qualifications.
As a Sooner, Martin won two NCAA wrestling titles in 1962 and 1963. He was voted the Outstanding Wrestler of the NCAA tournament in 1963, joining his father Wayne (also a Distinguished Member of the NWHOF) as the only father and son to both become NCAA champs and OW honorees. Martin was a three-time All-American for the Sooners with a career record of 42-6.
After college, Martin turned his focus toward instructing young wrestlers in the sport. He coached at South Dakota State for two seasons (1976-1977) before coaching high school wrestling for more than 25 years, picking up three Oklahoma state team championships along the way.
Martin joins Eric Guerrero of Oklahoma State, Dean Lahr of the University of Colorado and Kerry McCoy of Penn State University as distinguished members of the 2014 class. Congressman Jim Jordan and Rear Admiral Colin Kilrain will be inducted into the Hall of Outstanding Americans. Receiving the Hall of Fame’s other national awards are: Tim Johnson, Order of Merit; Tom Norris, Medal of Courage; and Jerry Kunz, Lifetime Achievement for an Official.
“The Class of 2014 is an exceptional group of individuals whose extraordinary legacies span the entire spectrum of wrestling achievement from youth, to collegiate to the Olympic levels of this great sport,” said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. “We are excited to enshrine such outstanding representatives of our sport who are sure to inspire generations to come to excel on the mat and in life.”
More information on Honors Weekend and the Hall of Fame inductions is available by calling 405-377-5243 or visiting the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.