BRUCE HINKLE, Hubbard College National Champion
...BRUCE HINKLE, Hubbard College National ChampionBruce'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
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.
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.
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.