Former Lindbergh High School wrestler, coach and athletic director Michael Slyman has been named to the Missouri Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Slyman is one of six individuals being recognized this year for tremendous contributions to the sport of wrestling.
“The name ‘Slyman’ is synonymous with wrestling in Missouri, especially at Lindbergh High School,” said current LHS athletic director Scott Luczak. “If anyone deserves to be enshrined in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, it’s Coach Slyman.”
As a wrestler at LHS, Slyman finished second in state as a junior and capped his senior season with a 1974 Class AA state title. He was a three-time NCAA Tournament qualifier at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and was named Missouri College Wrestler of the Year in 1976.
Slyman served as a graduate assistant coach at Mizzou before taking over the wrestling program at Oakville High School, where he earned District Coach of the Year honors in 1983. Slyman returned to his alma mater in 1991, earning District Coach of the Year honors in 1998. He was promoted to athletic director in 1999, serving countless student-athletes until his retirement in 2015.
“Coach Slyman made a lasting impact on the sport he loves,” added Luczak. “His strong work ethic and admirable integrity are great examples for all future Flyers.”
The Missouri Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame will celebrate its 2018 inductees during a banquet Sunday, Oct. 21 in Columbia, Mo.