USA Wrestling Distinguished Member...

Distinguished Member - ERIC S. GUERRERO

June 20, 2014, 7:18 a.m. (ET)

In a college wrestling program known for producing champions, Eric Guerrero will be remembered as one of the best.

Hailing from San Jose, Calif., Guerrero won three state wrestling championships and compiled an impressive 226-4 high school record. He won a national high school championship, a Junior National championship in 1995, and a Cadet World championship in 1993. The California prep standout chose to take his talents to wrestling’s most storied program, Oklahoma State.

Guerrero was nothing short of spectacular during his four seasons with the Cowboys. As a true freshman, he placed fifth at the 1996 NCAA Wrestling Championships. The following season, as a 19-year-old sophomore, Guerrero won the 126-pound weight class, and he would repeat the victory in 1998. Despite moving up to 133 pounds in 1999, he became Oklahoma State’s 14th three-time NCAA champion. Guerrero also won a Big 12 title in 1999 and was a two-time academic All-American. His career college record was 117-13.

After college, Guerrero continued to compete internationally in freestyle, where he showed no signs of slowing down. Shortly after his final college match, he represented the United States at the 1999 World Championships.

Guerrero won four U.S. Open titles, made three more World teams (2001– 2003), and won a World Cup title in 2003. Then in 2004, Guerrero represented the United States at 132 pounds in freestyle wrestling during the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

After retiring from competition, Guerrero turned his focus to coaching at his alma mater, Oklahoma State. He served as strength and conditioning coach (2001-2004) and as assistant coach (2004-2012). In 2012, Guerrero was named the associate head wrestling coach. During his coaching career, he led nine wrestlers to 14 individual NCAA championships, and four-straight NCAA team championships (2003-2006).

In recognition of competitive and coaching success at one of college wrestling’s leading programs, Eric Guerrero is honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.