Michael Shearer of Dowagiac, Michigan, will be inducted into the National Junior College Wrestling Hall of Fame at the NJCAA National Wrestling Tournament in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on February 24, 2018.
Mike’s wrestling career began in 1962 wrestling for Coaches Dick Boles and John Lewis at Dowagiac High School. He was a two-time conference champion in 1965 & 1966 with 58 wins. He was a Michigan state champion in 1966 at 120 lbs. with a 34-0 record and was the first state champion for Dowagiac High School.
After high school, Mike chose to continue his academic and wrestling career at Muskegon Community College in Muskegon, Michigan. He competed two seasons for the Jayhawks, 1967-1969, under Coach Sid Huitema, and compiled an 80-6 record. Mike won the NJCAA National Championship as a sophomore at 123 lbs. with only 2 points being scored against him during his six matches. He competed along with freshman teammate and NJCAA Hall of Fame heavyweight, Chris Taylor, also from Dowagiac High School.
Mike compiled a two-year dual meet record of 30 wins and no defeats. He was a two-time Michigan Community College state champion, 1969 Outstanding Wrestler – Michigan Collegiate Championships, two-time Muskegon Community College Outstanding Wrestler 1968-69, selected NJCAA First Team All-American, and selected to Outstanding College Athletes of America in 1969. Mike was the first NJCAA National Champion at Muskegon Community College.
Mike was an assistant coach for the 1969-70 Muskegon Community College NJCAA National Championship Team. He then transferred to Iowa State University where he wrestled for two seasons, 1970-72. He currently lives in Dowagiac, Michigan, with his wife Connie. He has three children, Stacey, Louis and Adam, and seven grandchildren.
Congratulations Mike Shearer on your induction into the National Junior College Wrestling Hall of Fame.