Former Clinton wrestling coached named to Hall of Fame

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Michigan Wrestling Association, the organization representing high school wrestling coaches (MWA) has selected former Clinton wrestling coach Chris Wittenbach for induction into the Michigan Wrestling Association Hall of Fame, Class of 2018.

The induction ceremony will be held on November 3, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Comfort Inn & Suites and Conference Center, 2424 S. Mission Street, Mount Pleasant, during the fall wrestling coaches clinic.

The Michigan Wrestling Association Hall of Fame’s first induction ceremony occurred 40 years ago in 1978 and inducted 10 of Michigan’s legends in the sport of wrestling.

This year’s Class of 2018 includes Frank Cox, Westland John Glenn High School; Victor McGuire, Annapolis High School; Murray Rose, Allegan High School; and Chris Wittenbach, Clinton High School.

Chris Wittenbach started his career as an assistant coach at Lowell High School, 1972 and Forest Hills Central, 1974-75. He became a head coach at Clinton High School in 1975 and remained there until retiring in 2005. During his 30 years at Clinton his teams had a 69 percent winning record and won eight District titles. His coaching honors include: two-time Ann Arbor News Coach of the Year, two-time Daily Telegram Coach of the Year and two-time Lenawee County Coach of the Year. He also was inducted into the Lenawee County Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Wittenbach has started in wrestling in 1963 and has been active in the sport ever since.

The Michigan Wrestling Association represents over 600 coaches throughout the state and is a member association of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the Michigan High School Coaches Association, the National Wrestling Coaches Association and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.

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