Colorado Springs, CO – Three new members have been inducted into the NJCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame, announced by the NJCAA Hall of Fame Committee on Thursday. Two former wrestlers- Gregg Moore and Mike Shearer will join longtime Minnesota West coach Bob Purcell.
This year's class will be officially inducted at the NJCAA national championship on Saturday, February 24 in Council Bluffs, IA. The championships will be held on Friday and Saturday at Mid-America Center on the Iowa Western campus.
Triton College (IL)
A two-time NJCAA national champion, Gregg "Bubba" Moore carried Triton to its first-ever national title in 1977. Over the course of his two-year career, Moore never lost a match with a perfect 78-0 record.
As a sophomore in 1978, Moore was awarded the Ernest B. Gould Award as the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler. Triton finished as runners-up in the tournament. At Triton, Moore wrestled under Hall of Fame coach Art Kraft.
A native of Oak Lawn, IL, Moore carried his stellar NJCAA career to the University of Jamestown in North Dakota where he compiled a 48-1 record and a third place finish at the national tournament.
Moore currently owns MoJo investments.
Muskegon Community College (MI)
Muskegon's Michael Shearer was one of the most dominant wrestlers to come through the Jayhawk program. In two seasons (1967-1969), Shearer posted a record of 80-6 which included the NJCAA National Championship in the 123 lb. weight class as a sophomore, the first individual title in program history.
While at Muskegon, Shearer posted a perfect 30-0 dual meet record which led to two Michigan Community College state championships. As a sophomore, Shearer earned NJCAA First Team All-America honors and was named to the Outstanding College Athletes of America.
Shearer served as an assistant coach at Muskegon from 1969-70 where the Jayhawks captured the NJCAA National Championship. Shearer took his talents to historic Iowa State University where he wrestled for two seasons.
Shearer currently resides in Dowagiac, MI with his wife Connie. They have three children- Stacey, Louis, and Adam along with seven grandchildren.
Minnesota West Community & Technical College
A staple across NJCAA wrestling, Bob Purcell guided Minnesota West for 20 years before retiring in August 2017. A two-time Minnesota College Athletic Conference, Purcell was named the NJCAA Man of the Year in 2014.
Purcell took over at Minnesota West in 1997 and guided the Bluejays to multiple conference and Region XIII Wrestlers of the Year awards, Region XIII championships, and national tournament qualifiers. During his tenure, Purcell produced at least one All-American at every weight class for a total of 22 honorees.
Purcell's accomplishments go beyond the mat. While at Minnesota West, the Bluejays recorded a graduation rate of 90.0%, an honor Purcell believes to be one of his best.
A four-year active duty Veteran of the Department of Army as a Combat Medic, Purcell graduated from Minnesota State University at Moorhead with three bachelor's degree in Health Services, Physical Education, and School Health Education. Purcell holds a master's degree in Education Activities Administration from North Dakota State University.
Purcell recognized his entire family to his success, especially his daughters Lily and Lucy for their support.
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