Wayland Baptist wrestling head coach Aaron Meister recently was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Wrestling Hall of Fame.
As a competitor, Meister was as four-time Kansas state qualifier and two-time state placer at Holton High School. At Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan., he was a two-time national qualifier and the 2003 NJCAA champion at 174 pounds with a 26-3 record.
Meister transferred to NCAA Division II Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., where he was a two-time Rocky Mountain Conference Champion, two-time West Regional champion and two-time all-American, placing fourth and fifth at 174 pounds.
In 2014, Meister won a U.S. Veterans national championship.
Meister has coached 56 all-Americans, eight national champions, 17 World Team Trials qualifiers, one University World runner-up, one U.S. Open champion, one Olympic Trials champion, and two USA Wrestling National Team members. Most recently, he spearheaded efforts to endow the Johnny Cobb Wrestling Scholarship at Wayland.
“It’s an amazing honor to join such an elite group,” Meister said of going into the NJCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame. “I thank my family, coaches, teammates and friends. They’re the ones who supported and encouraged me along the way. I especially want to thank my mother (Sandy), late father (Doug), wife (Jill), and Coach (Joe) Renfro of Northeastern Oklahoma.
“To get voted in my first year of eligibility also was nice because in some cases it takes several tries. There are some years that they only induct one person. This year there were three inductees.”
Candidates must wait 10 years before being considered for recognition.