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Kenneth H. Koenig

This inductee is one of the reasons Kent State wrestling and a winning tradition have become synonymous over the years. During Ken Koenig’s three seasons on Joe Begala’s KSU wrestling squads, he was nearly unbeatable as he posted a 25-1-1 dual meet record. His wrestling onslaught continued in the Mid-American Conference Tournament competition where Koenig captured the 167-pound crown in 1957, ’58 and ’59. In those three tournaments, he allowed only one point to be scored against him. That mark is still the standard to beat in the MAC. In the prestigious 4-1 Tournament, Koenig captured the 167-pound crown in the 1958 and the 177-pound title in 1959. His overall collegiate record stands at 43-5-1 with three of his losses coming in the NCAA National Championships for an .888 winning percentage, ranking Koenig third on the KSU all-time list. After graduating in 1959, Koenig continued to wrestle in AAU meets. In the 1961 National AAU Championships, he earned second place in the 190-pound class and an alternate spot on the U.S. World Championship Team. A native of Cleveland, Koenig turned to coaching following his competitive career, guiding wrestling teams at University High School in Columbus, Brooklyn High School, Northern Michigan University and Appalachian State. In 1986, he was inducted into KSU’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted 1997 | Wrestling