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TheMat.com moving to USOC website platform with new look and functionality

This week, TheMat.com will move to the USOC platform, with a new look, new functionality, but with the same favorite features....

Terry Shockley named Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Shockley will succeed long-time chairman Jim Keen. Sr. as Chairman of the Board....

Iowa's Tony Ramos determined to finish career with NCAA title

The Hawkeye senior will battle Virginia Tech's Devin Carter in the NWCA All-Star Classic on Saturday....

NCAA announces finalist cities for its championships for 2014-18, including wrestling at all levels

Cleveland, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia & St. Louis are Div. I finalists. Div. II and III finalists also announced....



William Berry to receive Medal of Courage from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame



William Berry has been selected to receive the Medal of Courage from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The Medal of Courage is presented annually to a wrestler or former wrestler who has overcome what appear to be insurmountable challenges, which may be physical, mental or other handicaps that make their achievements all the more uplifting. Once a two-sport athlete, William Berry was injured in a tragic swimming pool accident in 1982, leaving him a quadriplegic and only limited use of his arms. As a wrestler, Berry was a two-time state champion and twice earned all-conference honors as a member of the Washington State University squad. On the gridiron, he was also an all-state selection and earned all-conference plaudits while playing on WSU's offensive and defensive lines. Upon graduating from Washington State in 1962, Berry joined the United States Air Force, where he served until 1970. During this time, Berry continued competing on the mat, placing second at the 1963 CISM championships. In 1968, he advanced to the final wrestle-offs for a berth on the U.S. Greco-Roman Olympic squad. Berry is just as successful outside the athletic arena as he was in it. In 1968 he received his Masters degree in business administration and is a successful certified public accountant and real estate broker. Despite the physical challenges he currently faces, Berry remains a supporter of Man's Oldest Sport. Co-chairing a West Coast Wrestling Reunion are among his recent contributions to the sport.
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