Vote for the NCAA 75th Anniversary Wrestling Team By January 12

January 07, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Jan. 7, 2005

MANHEIM, PA -Wrestling fans across the country have one week left to vote for the NCAA 75th Anniversary Team that will be honored at the 2005 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, March 17-19, in St. Louis, Missouri.  This is your chance to recognize the heroes and champions of our great sport from the past 75 years by voting at 


There are 45 nominees in all, broken down into three categories of 15: lightweights (115 lbs-141 lbs), middleweights (142 lbs-174 lbs) and heavyweights (177 lbs-285 lbs).  Five honorees will be selected from each category.


Long time former Old Dominion wrestling head coach Gray Simons is among the nominees in the lightweight division.  Simons had a 91-2-0 career record at 115 lbs at Lock Haven University (1959-62) and was a three-time NCAA champion.  Gray Simons, who retired from coaching after last season, had a career record of 329-213-5, including a 136-116-2 at ODU.


The NCAA will reveal the 75th anniversary team at a special celebration at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Friday, March 18, 2005.


Fans can vote until January 12, 2005, at the National Wrestling Coaches Association Web site,, or access the ballot at