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Posted: Monday, December 26, 2011 4:00 am | Updated: 1:14 pm, Mon Dec 26, 2011.

Last month, former Mountain View High School wrestling coach Bob Newman was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Newman, who spent 34 years teaching in the Marana Unified School District, originally coached at Marana High School and transferred to Mountain View High School in 1983 where he built the wrestling program from the bottom up. He retired in 2007.

“It’s pretty nice after 34 years of work that they recognized me,” Newman said about getting inducted. “The whole thing cumulates because you are just working all the time, just doing your job and liking what you do.”

Liking what he did in his career helped Newman to win the State Title in 1983, two State Runner-up trophies and nine Regional Championships. His wrestlers brought home 27 State Titles and 77 State finishes.

With those wins, Newman was recognized as the 4A Division Coach of the Year in 1983, Southern Coach of the Year in 1996 and 2007, and Citizen Coach of the Year for the 4A/ 5A division in 2003.

Newman gained the respect from officials, coaches and players from other schools. He taught more than 1,050 wrestlers through his 34 years, five of them have gone on to become head wrestling coaches.

Newman hates to lose, plain and simple.

“He’ll have some of his kids who will say, ‘let me see if I can take coach down,’” his wife Cyndi said. “And they will try and try, but no one has ever done it.”

And this isn’t an end-of-the-year type of challenge. Newman said it was a constant contest throughout the wrestling season.

Since he retired from being a wrestling coach almost four years ago, Newman has worked in construction welding, retiring from that in 2009.

In his free time, he likes to hunt elk, deer, mountain lion, bear, coyotes, and fox, along with other animals.

Alongside Newman, six other people were inducted into the Arizona Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. They were Bryan Smith, Sisto Tosales, Joe Solorio, Neil DeWitt, Rick Johnson and John McGlumphy.

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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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