to be inducted into Wrestling Hall of Fame
MARLOW — MARLOW — After a busy life as an educator and state representative, Ray McCarter
has been busy picking up awards.
Earlier this year, McCarter
was inducted into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame
, and at 4 p.m. Sunday in Oklahoma City, he'll be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
"First of all, it is a surprise and a great honor," McCarter
said of his
"I think why they did this is because I have worked a great deal with kids.
I had quite a bit of success as a wrestling coach, but what I really tried to do is make life better for kids that didn't have much."
will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
as an Outstanding American.
Although he never won a championship in high school or suited up for one college match, McCarter, a three-term member of the House of Representatives and former superintendent of schools for Marlow, has spent the better part of 40 years promoting wrestling in Oklahoma.
A coach at Okarche
, Mustang and Central High, McCarter
also officiated from 1970-85.
was awarded a pair of District Coach of the Year honors.
"I coached at Okarche
, and back then, it took 12 kids to make a team, and we usually only had six or seven," McCarter
"We didn't have a great dual record, but we had a lot of kids that did well at the state tournament."
At Mustang, McCarter
dual record improve.
"At Mustang, I had good records because back then we could wrestle up to 30 duals," he
"We'd have festivals and tri-duals and we'd have a record like 32-4, but now you don't have those dual records because of the rules."
After leaving Mustang to become a principal at Waurika, McCarter got away from coaching but stayed active in wrestling.
became the superintendent at Central High
started a wrestling program.
"We had some kids out there that wanted to learn some moves, so we threw down an old shag rug in a garage.
We had two or three individual state champions out there."
Through all of his
stayed active in wrestling for one reason: To help.
"The only reason I did that around here is for the kids.
Mostly, it was just to help kids," he
McCarter also worked with the OWCA Camps in Shawnee, providing support and facilities to train for international freestyle competitions.
While working with Leonard Shelton and Charles Hetrick, as well as many he
observed the dedication and sacrifice that helped lay the foundation necessary for the public service he
has performed since returning from a tour in Vietnam in 1969.
Also being inducted with McCarter
are Pat Fitzgerald, Dr. Robert Hines, Jerry Kuntz, Archie Randall and Wes White.