Doug Muck coached the Kingsmen to their only state team title in wrestling in 1971

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Doug MuckFormer Putnam wrestling coach Doug Muck will be inducted into the National High School Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 6, during an evening banquet at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 9000 SW Washington Square Rd. in Tigard.

Muck coached at Putnam from 1969 through 1975, and during his tenure his Putnam teams were dominant in the Wilco League and in the state.

His Putnam teams earned a combined 80-10 record in dual meets. They were district champions four times (1970, 1971, 1972 and 1975). They won the OSAA state folkstyle team championship in 1971, placed second at state in 1972 and third at state in 1975.

Between folkstyle, Greco Roman and freestyle wrestling, Muck’s Putnam wrestlers won 17 state titles. Seven won state folkstyle championships, seven won state Greco championships and three won state freestyle titles.

Among former state champions from Putnam coached by Muck were:

Kerry Bolen, Wes Stanley, Steve Bolen, Ray Todd, Larry Ermini, Tom Ziegle, Mike Brewton and Pat Burnell.

Kerry Bolen, who was a member of Muck’s Rex Putnam state championship team, was a national champion in Greco Roman.

Prior to Putnam, Muck coached at Myrtle Point High School for three seasons, earning three district team titles and a combined dual meet record of 45-3. He was assistant coach at the University of Oregon in 1965.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Photo taken from a Rex Putnam High School yearbook sports a team picture and team dual scores from the 1970-71 high school season. Doug Muck, who coached Putnam to the state team title in 1971, will be inducted into the National High School Wrestling Hall of Fame on April 6. Tickets for the induction ceremonies may be purchased through Putnam wrestling coach Rob Hungerford through next Wednesday, March 20.Muck coached at Central Oregon Community College from 1976 to 1984, coaching the Bobcats to Oregon Community College Athletic Association Conference championships in 1978, 1979, 1980 1981, and 1982. He was OCCAA president from 1977-1984 and was named conference “Coach of the Year” in 1978.

Muck wrestled at Franklin High School (1956), Madison High School (1957-1960) and at the University of Oregon (1960-64), winning the Oregon College Invitational as a freshman, placing second at the Pacific Coast Championship as a junior and placing third at the Pacific Coast Championships as a senior.

He placed first at the Northwest Open Championships four times (1965-1968), first at the Farwest Classic in 1965, first at the Canadian Championships in 1966, and first at the Oregon Open Championships in 1967. He was named “Outstanding Wrestler” at the Oregon Open and Northwest Open in 1967.

Rob Hungerford, who wrestled under Muck, is currently co-head coach of Putnam’s wrestling team.

Those planning to attend the April 6 banquet and induction ceremonies should contact Hungerford at 503-659-5422 to secure their ticket.

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