McCoy Selected for National Wrestling Hall of Fame

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COLLEGE PARK, Md Maryland head wrestling coach Kerry McCoy has been selected for induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014, the organization announced Tuesday.

McCoy will be joined by former Maryland standout Thomas Norris, who will receive a Medal or Courage from the organization.

“I’m truly honored and humbled by this,” McCoy said. “I’ve seen so many greats get into the hall and knowing my name will be listed with them is unbelievable. I’m so happy.”

McCoy finished his college career at Penn State University with an overall record of 115-18. A three-time All-American, he won the NCAA Heavyweight Title in 1994 and 1997

Following his college career, McCoy starred for his United States, earning a sliver medal at the 2003 World Championships and winning five straight U.S Open Freestyle Championships from 2000-2004. McCoy twice represented the U.S. at the Olympic Games, finishing fifth in 2000 and seventh in 2004.

McCoy was named Maryland head coach in 2008 and has accumulated a 77-25-1 record over five years. A three-time ACC Coach of the Year, McCoy has won three ACC titles and coached seven All-Americans since he arrived in College Park.

“I want to congratulate Kerry on this outstanding honor,” Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said. “Kerry’s achievements at the collegiate and Olympic level, and his passion for the sport are unparalleled. On behalf of our administration and our student-athletes at the University of Maryland, we are proud to have him lead our wrestling program and are thrilled that he has received this wonderful honor.”

Norris won two ACC Titles for the Terrapins in 1965 and 1967. After graduation, Norris enlisted in the United States Navy and became a Navy SEAL. Norris received the Medal of Honor after participating in a rescue mission of two pilots shot down behind enemy lines in Vietnam. He became an FBI agent in 1979 and served for 20 years.

The induction will be in Stillwater, Oklahoma on June 20-21, 2014. For more information on the Hall of Fame induction and Honors Weekend, visit the National Wrestling Hall of Fame or contact the Hall of Fame by calling 405-377-5243.