Class of 1986
Morton Township | Danville
Bob Mann began his wrestling career at Danville High School, under the late Mr. Bundy also a IWCOA Hall of Famer. While at Danville he was 3rd in the State finals.
His collegiate career was at Illinois State where the late Eugene hill, also a IWCOA Hall of Famer, was coach.
His accomplishments at ISU were 3 Conference Championships in the IIAC. During that time he had a 45-3-0 record. There were no nationals during the war. He was the Chicago AAU Champion, and in 1948 he lost in the final of the 1948 Olympic Trials, where he broke a rib and ultimately finished third.
His coaching career began at Champaign High School where he taught for 10 years, and then onto Morton East High School where he was the head coach for 20 years, a total of 30 years involvement in coaching wrestling. He has coached soccer and track at various levels including varsity during that time.
He was a official for many years, officiating at all levels, including the state finals 4 times and the NCAA twice.
Bob was on the IHSA Advisory Committee for a total of 10 years.
Illinois State University inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 1972.
Bob joins his brother William in the Hall of Fame
Grand Marshall 1989