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Gary Rushing HOF
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 10, 2013
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Gary Rushing

Gary Rushing HOF
     Earned All-America honors in 1969 with a third place finish at NCAA Championships, highest ever by a UA wrestler. In 1969, put on one of the greatest displays of courage in UA athletic history… because of serious illness during the week prior to NCAA Championships, was unable to train and so had to wrestle in heavier weight division (160 lbs.) Also during championships, overcame serious leg injuries (which required surgery soon after the season) and being rendered unconscious by illegal choke hold in final match. Selected Western Athletic Conference (W.A.C.) outstanding wrestler in 1969. Was W.A.C. Champion in 1967 and 1969, runner-up in 1968. Participated as member of the West squad in the 1969 East-West Classic all-star meet (which included American's finest wrestlers, collegians and non-collegians) and defeated his opponent from the East team. At time of induction, was head wrestling coach at Mankato State University. 
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