Six individuals, including a UNT faculty member and two former students, received the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award from the Texas chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The honor includes induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Okla.
The awards were distributed at a banquet Nov. 9 at the university's Gateway Center. Among the honorees were Robert "Bob" Maughan, a lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation and Leisure Studies. Two former students, Mike McQueen and Larry Karl III, also were recognized.
The Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award is given to candidates who have at least 20 years of service and dedication to the development of leadership and citizenship in young people through the sport of wrestling. In this year's class were two wrestling officials, three coaches and one educator. All of the recipients are from the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
Maughan began wrestling as a fifth-grader. He received a wrestling scholarship from the University of Minnesota-Moorhead and was a member of the 1964 National Championship Team. He was inducted into the Moorhead Hall of Fame in 2004. In 1970, Maughan founded the club wrestling team at UNT; he went on to coach the team until 1983. He was also named USA Wrestling's Texas Man of the Year in 2001. In addition to teaching courses at UNT, Maughan also serves as the president of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame's Texas chapter.
Karl, a 1976 graduate of UNT, has been the wrestling coach at Skyline High School in Dallas since 1976. McQueen, who attended UNT from January 1971 to December 1972, has been a wrestling official in the Dallas-Fort Worth region since 1973.
The other award winners are:
- Jim Engstrom, an official and wrestler from Fort Worth
- Pete Grieder, wrestling coach at Lake Highlands High School in Richardson
- Henry Harmoney, wrestling coach at Arlington High School in Arlington
Alyssa Aber with UNT News Service
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