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Old 02-28-2012, 02:04 PM
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Default Hughes lands in NJCAA Wrestling Hall

I know this is old news, but I haven’t seen it posted here yet so officially no one knows about it:


Lincoln College graduate and former wrestler Matt Hughes will be inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Wrestling Hall of Fame in a ceremony today at Rochester Community College in Rochester, Minn.

The Hall of Fame induction is part of the NJCAA Tournament, which began Friday and continues through the finals at 7 p.m. today.

The NJCAA No. 3-ranked Lynx have nine national qualifiers at the tournament this season.

A graduate of Hillsboro High School, Hughes was a four-time state qualifier, winning state titles his junior and senior years (1992 and 1993).

Hughes’ college career started at Belleville Area Community College, where he placed fifth in the nation at 158 pounds in 1994. After Belleville dropped its wrestling program, Hughes transferred to Lincoln College, where he placed third in the nation, finishing with a 33-3 record for the Lynx in 1995.

After graduating from Lincoln, Hughes continued his wrestling career at Eastern Illinois, where he was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American by placing eighth in 1996 and finishing fifth in 1997 at 158 pounds. He ended up with an 80-15 record for the Panthers.

Hughes’ love for competition turned into a Mixed Martial Arts career. On Nov. 2 2001, he won the UFC world welterweight title, which Hughes successfully defended an MMA record nine times.

Hughes was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2010.

These days, Hughes volunteers a lot of his time to his church and a Mexican orphanage named Rancho 3M near El Paso, Texas. Matt and his wife, Audra, currently live in Hillsboro with their children Joey, Hanna and Katelyn.

He joins a list of five former Lincoln College wrestlers and coaches already inducted in the NJCAA Hall of Fame.
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