1985 SIUE Wrestling - Hall of Fame
Coming off its first NCAA Division II crown, Coach Larry Kristoff and his Cougars were out to prove something at the 1985 Championships. The Cougars won by 48.5 points over Nebraska-Omaha with three champions (Tim Wright at 118 pounds, Alan Grammer at 134 pounds, and Booker Benford at 177 pounds). SIUE also produced six more All-Americans that season. The list includes Steve Stearns at 126 pounds, Maurice Brown at 142 pounds, Brian McTague at 150 pounds, Dan McGinnis at 158 pounds, Ernie Badger at 190 pounds, and Al Sears at heavyweight. SIUE made a splash at the NCAA Division I Championships with three All-Americans. Benford and Grammer each placed third while Sears took eighth. Other key members of the national championship team included Bob Dahm, Robert Clarkston, Sean Wilkus, Steve Apicella, Robert Briggs, Robert Hall, David Crowe, Mark Kenny, Troy Juden, David Hansen, Mark Kristoff, Michael Parker, Todd King, John Ruffu, Robert Ervin and Assistant Coach Norm Dahm.