Athletics Hall of Fame
Robert Whelan

Robert Whelan

SPORT(S) Football, Wrestling
PLAYED AT BSU 1971-1975
YEAR INDUCTED 1996
Lettered four times in football; team captain; All Conference 1973 & '74; All District 13, 1973-'74; earned MVP honors in 1974 and Honorable Mention All-American 1974; Golden Hammer award winner; lettered 4 times in wrestling (76-14-1); team captain; conference champion 1972, '75; national champion 1975, 4th in '72, 6th in '73; three time All American; selected to NAIA USA National Team, 1975 (undefeated); Korean National Freestyle and Greco-Roman Champion; 1975; BSU Harry F. Bangsberg Award winner, 1975; Champion of Western Regional Olympic Qualifier, Inducted into NAIA National Wrestling Hall of Fame, 1989; Earned Master's in Education from U of Idaho; taught and coached wrestling and implemented the weight lifting program at Bemidji High School; started elementary wrestling program in Bemidji; weight lifting consultant; active youth volunteer; lumber broker.
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