Dustin Kilgore, the only national champion in Kent State wrestling history, was honored during the intermission of Thursday’s match against Ohio State at the M.A.C. Center.
Kilgore received a national championship ring from Golden Flashes wrestling coach Jim Andrassy and director of athletics Joel Nielsen, an award he earned by capturing the 197-pound NCAA crown in 2011.
“Dustin has meant so much for our program just because of what he’s done for us,” said Andrassy. “We’re glad we got him here for a day. He’s big into hunting and he wanted us to buy him a gun, and we’re like Dustin, we can’t buy you a gun. We have to buy something that says Kent State, national champ, that defines what you did. I think the next time we get him here the plan is to retire his singlet and put it up with the basketball jerseys (in the M.A.C. Center rafters).”
Kilgore was national runner-up as a senior last year, when he became Kent State’s first three-time All-American. He is also the school’s career leader in victories (178) and pins (50).
After receiving his ring, Kilgore spent the rest of the evening signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans. He is currently a member of Team USA, and is ranked No. 3 at 96 kilograms.
— ALLEN MOFF/R-C