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James "Jimmy" Brown

A two-time All-American wrestler at the University of Michigan, Brown earned his first recognition as Akron City Champion in the eighth grade at Hyre Junior High. Team captain at Ellet High for three years, he never lost a dual meet in junior or senior high school. Brown’s athletic ability and coordination made it almost impossible to put him on his back, said Ellet wresting coach Herman Huth. His record while in high school is impressive: District Champion three times, fourth in the state finals as a sophomore and State Champion as a junior and senior, and National Senior YMCA Champion at 114-1/4 pounds by winning five matches in competition at Bakersfield, California. This performance qualified Brown for the U.S. Junior World Team which he captioned as they competed in Tokyo. While in high school, Brown won numerous open freestyle championships and was a high school All-American wrestler. In earning four letters at Michigan where he wrestled at 118 pounds, Brown was Big 10 runner-up as a sophomore and Big 10 Champion as a senior. One of three finalists for Senior Athlete of the Year at Michigan, he graduated in 1975. Now a science teacher at Kimpton Middle School in the Stow-Munroe Falls school system, he also coaches wrestling there.

Inducted 1994 | Wrestling