PARKSIDE, Wis. – Two of Western State College’s most successful wrestlers will make up half of the 2011 induction class for the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame. National champion and two-time runner-up Shane Carwin and national champion and runner-up Bob Hollingshead will be inducted on the eve of the national championships on March 10 in Kearney, Neb.
Carwin and Hollingshead will join Nebraska-Kearney wrestlers Frank Kuchera and Jeff Sylvester to make up the 15th induction class. The 2011 induction will also bring the total number of Mountaineers in the hall of fame to seven.
Carwin was the 1999 national champion at 285 pounds after finishing runner-up in 1997 and 1996. He holds Mountaineer records in career falls and season falls and was a three-time RMAC, regional and Colorado Collegiate champion. Carwin was also a two-time All-America football player, and used what would have been his 1998 wrestling season to prepare for the NFL Combine.
Carwin graduated from Western State with a degree in environmental technology in 1999 and earned a second degree from Colorado Mines in 2004 in mechanical engineering. He was a three-time Division II National Wrestling Coaches Association scholar-athlete. Carwin is currently 12-1 as a heavyweight in the UFC, with his only loss coming to Brock Lesnar in the main event of UFC 116. He also maintains a full-time position as an engineer with the North Weld County Water District.
Carwin is a member of the Mountaineer Sports Hall of Fame and RMAC Hall of Fame, and was named to the RMAC All-Century team in football in 2009.
Hollingshead capped his high school career with an upset to win the state championship at Montrose High School, and it was upsets that seemed to mark his collegiate career as well. He won the Rocky Mountain Conference championship in 1962 at 130 pounds in an upset win and earned the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler Award.
Hollingshead repeated as conference champion in 1963 and won the Mountain Intercollegiate Wrestling Association title as well. He finished second at the inaugural NCAA College Division tournament and helped the Mountaineers win their first College Division national championship.
Hollingshead qualified for the national tournament again in 1964 and won the national championship at 137 pounds. After he lost to Dan Fix of Colorado Mines twice during the season, he avenged the losses in the championship match and helped provide needed points as Western State repeated as national champions by a two-point margin over the Orediggers.
Hollingshead was inducted into the Mountaineer Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 as an individual, and with the 1963 team during the 1998 induction and with the 1964 team during the 2002 induction. Both national championship teams entered the RMAC Hall of Fame in 2004.
Hollingshead graduated from Western State in 1964 with a degree in physical science, and worked for a time as a research chemist at Denver University. He founded RDH Inc. in Grand Junction, Colo., with his daughters, and still remains active with the business operations.