This outstanding wrestler helped put his coaches into halls of fame. At Akron East High School, McNair lettered four seasons under Larry Dessart, a 1986 Summit County inductee, and he lettered three years under Joe Begala, a Kent State Hall of Famer. However, it was while McNair wrestled with the Flashes that earned him a spot along side of Dessart. McNair's dual meet record for three seasons was 25 wins, one loss and one draw. As a sophomore this Florida-born transparent in the Mid-American Conference Tournament and then promptly captured the Conference crowns in the 130 pound division the next two years (1958-59. In addition, McNair captured the prestigious 41, (Interstate, Intercollegiate, Individual, Invitational) Tournament championships on three occasions and twice was the Lake Erie AAU champion. McNair's highest honors came in 1959, when he finished fourth in the NCAA Tournament to earn All-America honors, and in 1986, when he was inducted into the KSU Hall of Fame.