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Black inducted into George Martin HOF

River Falls wrestling coach Kevin Black is presented his hall of fame plaque by award chairman Tim Potratz at his induction into the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame Nov. 2, in Green Bay. Photo courtesy of Joel Kind

Former Wildcat and current coach Kevin Black was one of six inductees into the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame Nov. 2, in Green Bay.

Black was a four-time WIAA state champion at River Falls High School from 1995-98 with a perfect 160-0 career record. When he graduated he held the nation's longest winning streak for a high school wrestler.

In addition to his success in a Wildcat singlet, Black represented Team Wisconsin at Cadet and Junior Nationals and was a four-time freestyle state champion and two-time Greco-Roman state champion and earned All-American honors from ASICS Tiger, Amatuer Wrestling News and Wrestling USA.

Black went on to the University of Wisconsin where he was a four-year starter and earned All-American status as a junior by finishing fourth at 133 pounds. He was ranked No. 2 in the nation as a senior before an injury ended his career.

Black spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach with the Badgers before opening Victory School of Wrestling in River Falls in 2006 and has coached several high school state champions, All-Americans and national team members.

His introduction to women's wrestling has helped define his coaching career as he's served as a World and Olympic team coach and led several tours in the U.S. And around the world. In 2016 he traveled to Rio de Janeiro where his most celebrated athlete—Helen Maroulis—became the first, and only Olympic gold medalist in American women's wrestling history.

In 2010 and 2011 Black was named USA Wrestling Coach of the Year, and in 2018 he was named USA Wrestling Development Coach of the Year. He has been the head wrestling coach at River Falls High School since 2013.

Black joins his father Dave, a 2007 inductee, as members of the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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