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Seven Portland State wrestlers, one coach to be inducted into NCAA DII Hall of Fame

Coach Marlin Grahn

The Hall of Fame Committee for the NCAA II Wrestling Coaches Association has announced that on Thursday evening March 9, 2017, eight individuals from the Portland State wrestling program will be inducted into the Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame. The induction will take place at the Sheraton Birmingham located at 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North, Birmingham, Alabama, 35203. It will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The 21st class of inductees consists of seven individuals inducted into the Wrestlers Category, and one individual inducted into the Coaches Category. The Hall of Famers that are being inducted include: Dan Russell, Wrestler, Portland State University from 1988-1991; Tony Champion, Wrestler, Portland State University from 1989-1992; James Sisson, Wrestler, Portland State University from 1989-1993; Anthony Amado, Wrestler, Portland State University from 1983-1986; Hiag Brown, Wrestler, Portland State University from 1987-1994; Travis West, Wrestler, Portland State University from 1988-1991; Broderick Lee, Wrestler, Portland State University from 1989-1992; and Marlin Grahn, Coach, Portland State University from 1984-2006. Travis West and Broderick Lee will be inducted posthumously.

The Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held in conjunction with a reception for coaches and dignitaries on the Thursday evening preceding the start of the 55th Annual NCAA II National Wrestling Championships. Tickets for the reception can be reserved at a cost of $30.00 by emailing: Koch@uwp.edu. Deadline is Thursday, March 2.

The NCAA II National Wrestling Championships were first held in 1963. For the first eleven years it was called the NCAA College Division Tournament. In 1974, when the NCAA started the divisional concept, approximately half of the College Division schools continued competing in the NCAA II Wrestling Championships and about half went into the NCAA III. Since 1963, 54 teams have been crowned National Champion and 544 individual National Championships have been awarded. The NCAA II Wrestling Coaches Association feels that it is important to honor the NCAA II coaches and wrestlers that have achieved greatness. These eight inductees will join the 128 inductees from the first twenty induction classes as Division II Wrestling Hall of Famers.

Previous inductees to the NCAA II Wrestling Hall of Fame from Portland State include Rick Sanders, Chuck Seal and Masaru Yatabe, all inducted in 1996.

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