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Art Youngblood

Art Youngblood was an All-Portage County performer in basketball and football at Mantua High School, but he went on to collegiate prominence as a wrestler. After serving in the U.S. Marines, Youngblood became a 3-year letterman in wrestling at Kent State University from 1960-62. The 1960-61 squad was undefeated in eight matches. Youngblood, a heavyweight, finished third in the national AAU tournament in 1961and was runner-up in his weight class in the Mid-American Conference in 1960 and 1962. In ’62, he won the prestigious Interstate, Intercollegiate Individual Invitational Tournament in Cleveland. He also lettered two years in football at Kent. Youngblood founded the Ohio Flag Football Association and the United States Flag Football Association. The Summit County resident became a member of the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame executive committee in 1965 and served continuously until his death in 1990.

Inducted 1990 | Wrestling