A man who wrestled, coach and officiated throughout the Kansas City metro area will soon be inducted in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Mike Hagerty has 25 years of experience as an NCAA Division I official and has worked the NCAA Division I Championships since 2003, including 11 finals matches. He has officiated 14 NCAA Division II Championships and has served as the head official four times.
He has refereed 16 Big 12 Championships and seven Pac-12 Championships while also officiating two National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star matches. He has also worked two NAIA Championships and has officiated NCAA Division III Championships.
Hagerty founded the Inter-Collegiate Wrestling Officials Association in 2015 and continues to serve as executive director. He was president of the NCAA National Wrestling Coaches Association in 1989 and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1996-2001.
Hagerty works as a coach for USA Wrestling and was an Olympic Team Camp coach in 2012 and 2016. He has been a USA World Team coach six times.
He recently coached the United States World University Team, which won the first USA University World Championships in 2015.
Hagerty has been named USA Wrestling Developmental Coach of the Year twice and was chairperson of Missouri USA Wrestling from 1983-89.
He coached at Central Missouri State University for seven seasons and had two national champions, 10 All-Americans and 25 national qualifiers while being named Midwest Regional Coach of the Year twice.
Hagerty has been coaching at Blue Springs High School for the past 24 years.
He has coached the Wildcats to three state championships, most recently in the 2011-2012 season, and seven other Top Three finishes while being named Missouri Coach of the Year five times.
Hagerty wrestled at Higginsville High School where he was 87-6-1 and was a Scholastic Wrestling News Honorable Mention All-American.
Hagerty qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships at Central Missouri State University where he was a Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion as well as team captain and Outstanding Wrestler.
Hagerty is also a member of the Missouri Wrestling Association Hall of Fame and the Missouri USA Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Hagerty was inducted into the University of Central Missouri Hall of Fame in 2015 and is also a member of the University of Central Missouri Hall of Legends.
Hagerty’s son, Keenan, was a state champion for Blue Springs and a three-time All-American at Maryville University.
Hagerty will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a meritorious official.
The Hall of Fame Board of Governors approved the selections at its meeting in Kansas City on Oct. 27. The induction ceremony will be held at the 41st Annual Honors Weekend on June 2-3 in Stillwater.
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