Paulson to be inducted into The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2019

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame announced on Monday that the Class of 2019 inductees are Distinguished Members Carl Adams, Rich Lorenzo, Brandon Paulson and Townsend Saunders, Meritorious Official David Errett, Order of Merit recipient Dr. David Curby and Medal of Courage recipient James McCloughan.

The Hall of Fame will announce its Outstanding American honoree at a later date.

“The National Wrestling Hall of Fame is proud to honor these individuals in our Class of 2019,” said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. “These individuals were selected because of their extraordinary accomplishments in the sport of wrestling, and their induction into the Hall of Fame will serve as a perpetual reminder of their dedication and contributions to the sport.”

Brandon Paulson

The Hall of Fame Board of Governors approved the selections at its meeting in Kansas City on Oct. 24. The induction ceremony will be held at the 43rd Annual Honors Weekend on May 31-June 1, 2019 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. For more information on Honors Weekend, please telephone (405) 377-5243.

About Brandon Paulson:

Brandon Paulson won a silver medal in Greco-Roman at the Olympics in 1996 and competed three times in Greco-Roman at the World Championships, winning a silver medal in 2001 and finishing eighth in 2002.

A four-time U.S. Nationals champion, he made history in 1991-92 when he became the first high school wrestler to qualify for the United States Senior Greco-Roman Team.

Paulson was a star on USA Wrestling’s age-group levels, winning national titles at the Cadet, Junior, Espoir and University levels and a silver medal at the Espoir World Championships in 1993.

He was an All-American at the University of Minnesota and was a three-time Minnesota high school state champion for Anoka High School. He had a career high school record of 155-12-1 and was named Mr. Minnesota Wrestling in 1992.

He was named Greco-Roman Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling in 2008 and received the honor again in 2016.

Paulson was a member of the U.S. Olympic coaching staff at the Olympics in 2008 while also helping coach the U.S. Junior World Greco-Roman Team in 2007 and 2008.

He is a club coach with the Minnesota Storm, working with senior-level and age-group athletes at the U.S. Nationals and World Team Trials. Andy Bisek of the Storm competed in Greco-Roman for Team USA at the Olympics in 2016 while four other members of the Storm qualified for the 2016-17 Greco-Roman National Team.

Paulson has also been a member of the Minnesota/USA Wrestling coaching staff for the Junior and Cadet Nationals, helping produce numerous national champions and All-Americans for one of the strongest Greco-Roman programs in the nation.

He worked as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater from 2005 to 2008, helping produce seven individual state champions.

He has partnered with NCAA champion and U.S. Olympic Team Trials runner-up Jared Lawrence at the PINnacle Wrestling School, where they coach youth, high school, and international wrestlers. PINnacle Wrestling has produced nine age-group world medalists, including three world champions.

Paulson was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum’s Alan and Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions in 2013 and was a member of the Charter Class of the Anoka (Minnesota) High School Hall of Fame in 2011.

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