STILLWATER, Okla. - Former Franklin & Marshall wrestling coach Ron Gray will be inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Wrestling Hall of Fame this weekend.
Gray coached the Diplomats for four seasons from 1967-71, posting a 20-21-4 record. He coached a pair of All-Americans at F&M in Chris Black and John Stevenson.
In 1952, Gray made history by becoming the first freshman to win an Iowa state high school title. He went on to capture two more state titles throughout his high school career.
After high school, Gray achieved a 53-2-1 career mark at Iowa State University and was named the NCAA Outstanding Wrestling in 1959 after capturing his second straight NCAA crown in the 147-pound weight class. He also placed second in NCAA's as a sophomore, secured three straight Big Eight Conference titles, and reached the NCAA finals all three years he competed.
After college, Gray was the head wrestling coach at Melvindale High School in Michigan, before coming to Lancaster to take over the reigns of the F&M program in the late 1960's. From 1971-1996, he served as head coach at Kent State University, leading the Golden Flashes to nine Mid-American Conference titles, three top 20 finishes at the NCAA tournament, and a 233-112-5 dual meet record. He also coached 49 individual conference champions and six Division I All-Americans.