A three-time NCAA champion college wrestler at the University of Northern Iowa (1947, 1949 and 1950), in 1950 he was voted the outstanding amateur wrestler in America. While coaching at The University of Arizona, he coached six All-Americans, finished in the NCAA top-20 seven times, and coached the West team in the East-West All-Star Meet. He initiated the Arizona Invitational Wrestling tournament, the largest preseason tournament in the nation, and in 1976, brought the NCAA Wrestling Championships to the UA campus, the only time this tournament has been held in the Southwest. He served as president of the National Wrestling Coaches Association in 1975-76 and served on its executive committee for 12 years. He was inducted into the Helms Foundation Amateur Hall of Fame in 1963, the Arizona Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1977, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Des Moines Register Sports Hal of Fame in 1996.