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Bruce Hinkle

Volunteer Coach

Hubbard High School

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Hubbard High School

Background Information

Employment History

Head Coach

Youngstown State University

Assistant Coach

Waynesburg College

EOWL Wrestling

Web References

2006 EOWL Hall of Fame Inductee Bios

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BRUCE HINKLE, Hubbard College National Champion

BRUCE HINKLE, Hubbard College National Champion
Bruce's wrestling career began in 1974 as a sophomore at Hubbard High School.His senior year, he was named to the AAA All-Mahoning County Wrestling Team at 155 pounds.He was an EOWL Champion, placed 2nd in the Sectionals, 3rd in the Districts, and placed 4th in the AAA State Tournament.
Bruce received a full scholarship to Fairmont State College in West Virginia and gained All-American Honors by placing 4th in the NAIA National Tournament his sophomore year.
During his junior year, Bruce placed second in the West Liberty Invitational and won the Midwest Classic in the 177 lb. weight class.He had a 23 - 1 record with 20 falls including a 30 second pin in the finals of the National Wrestling Championships to make him Fairmont State's first National Champion.
In his senior year, Bruce won the Edinboro State Invitational and the Midwest Classic where he was voted Most Valuable Player at both tournaments.He also won the West Liberty Invitational.He had another impressive record of 28 wins and 3 losses with 21 falls.However, a knee injury in the semi-finals of the National Championships ended his Fairmont State career still earning All American status.
After college, Bruce went undefeated in an 8 city tour of Japan and beat the German national champion when that wrestling team toured the United States.Bruce was the assistant coach at Waynesburg College in PA before he became head coach at Youngstown State University.There he coached Rick Bruno to a 3rd place finish at heavyweight in the NCAA Division 1 National Championships.
Today, Bruce owns a commercial roofing company and is a real estate investor.He continues his involvement in wrestling as a volunteer coach at Hubbard High School.
He lives in Hubbard with Karen, his beautiful wife of 24 years, and is the proud father of four equally beautiful daughters, Courtney, Brittany, Bailey, and Jillian.

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