Two of the Western State College's most successful wrestlers will make up half of the 2011 induction class for the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame. National champion and two-time runner-up Shane Carwin and national champion and runner-up Bob Hollingshead will be inducted on the eve of the national championships, March 10, in Kearney, Neb.
Carwin was the 1999 national champion at 285 pounds after finishing runner-up in 1997 and 1996. He holds Mountaineer records in career falls and season falls and was a three-time RMAC, regional and Colorado Collegiate champion. Carwin was also a two-time All-America football player, and used what would have been his 1998 wrestling season to prepare for the NFL Combine.
Carwin graduated from Western State with a degree in environmental technology in 1999 and earned a second degree from Colorado Mines in 2004 in mechanical engineering. He was a three-time Division II National Wrestling Coaches Association scholar-athlete. Carwin is currently 12-1 as a heavyweight in the UFC, with his only loss coming to Brock Lesnar in the main event of UFC 116. He also maintains a full-time position as an engineer with the North Weld County Water District.
Carwin is a member of the Mountaineer Sports Hall of Fame and RMAC Hall of Fame, and was named to the RMAC All-Century team in football in 2009.
The 2011 induction ceremony will take place at the Ramada Inn in Kearney, Neb., on March 10 at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $30 and can be reserved by e-mailing Nebraska-Kearney at email@example.com or calling (402) 554-2506 before March 9.
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