Five from South Texas Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Bloged in The Third Man by McQueen Friday December 8, 2006

by Mike McQueen

On November 4th, 2006 we welcomed 5 new members into the Texas Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

This was a great road trip for me with Bob Maughan, Executive Director for the Texas Chapter of the Hall of Fame, Tim Marzuola, Charter member of the Texas Chapter of the Hall of Fame and Wendy Gallatin, Vice President of PR for the Texas Chapter. I got to be the emcee for the second time and it was a great honor to participate and be able to induct these deserving recipients.

Tim Marzuola spoke to the significance of this achievement and how it later hit him that his name was and those below would be in the same Hall of Fame as the greats of our sport. Dan Gable, Danny Hodge and Doug Blubaugh. That is pretty good company.

The event was hosted by Westside High School Coach Ron Baker and he and his staff did a great job. The meal was exceptional and the evening was a total success. Each of the acceptance speeches was video-taped prior to the induction ceremonies and it was a great idea that Ron had. The recipients weren’t worrying about what they were going to say and they could just sit back and bask in the glory of the evening.

This event brought our total of National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees to 16.

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Parents-Are your kids proud of you?

Bloged in News and Information, The Third Man by McQueen Friday November 18, 2005

Last night I had a wonderful evening officiating two well coached teams, Flower Mound and McKinney. The kids were respectful and wrestled well and the parents cheered them on. I felt pretty good and several of the parents that know me and some I just met came up and thanked me for a good job officiating. This was a marked difference than what happened 24 hours earlier at the Allen-Creekview Dual at Allen High School.

In 34 years of officiating, and 18 as a wrestler at all school levels, I have never witnessed or had such bile directed at me from a group of parents and fans.
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Be Someone You’d be Proud to Know

Bloged in News and Information, The Third Man by McQueen Wednesday November 9, 2005

Here we go again. Ain’t it great? I love this sport and more importantly the people I know and respect through this sport. So many honorable coaches, parents and wrestlers and officials. Of course, there are a few exceptions and we won’t mention them. That doesn’t mean they will go totally igored during the course of the season when behavior warrants it.

I have been so blessed in my life to be associated with men and women and kids who live by a code. Rationalizing right and wrong is not an option. Right is right and wrong is wrong. There are no gray areas.

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