Class of 2024

Tom Muir

From the National Wrestling Hall of Fame: 

Tom Muir walked on to Michigan State's wrestling team with almost no prior experience. As a red-shirt sophomore Muir became a Big Ten Champion and an All-American. He earned three varsity letters and was a member of three Big Ten Championship teams. He was given the Outstanding Senior Wrestler award in 1971. Muir graduated with honors in Pre-med Biology and was winner of the Hannah Award, presented to the outstanding student athlete of the year at MSU. Muir was also winner of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, given to the student who demonstrated the greatest proficiency in scholarship and athletics. In spite of numerous injuries and surgeries Tom Muir continued wrestling after graduation. He successfully competed at the national & international levels and in 1976 was an Olympic Trials finalist. In 1977 he became a National Freestyle Champion. After serving as an assistant coach at Michigan State & a brief stint as the Waverly Wrestling Coach, Tom became head coach at Grand Ledge High School and remained in that position for 33 years (1974-2007). His accomplishments include: •7x Lansing Area Officials Assn. Coach of the Year. •3x Division 1 MWA Regional Coach of the Year •2003 MWA Division 1 State of Michigan Coach of the Year •2005 MHSCA Coach of the Year •2005 NFHSCA Mid-West Coach of the Year •2 Conference Championship Teams •7 District Championship Teams •2 Regional Championship Teams •2 MHSAA Final 4 Teams •5 All State Academic Teams •38 All State Wrestlers •4 State Champions •Dual Meet Record: 312-187 •His college coach, Grady Peninger said of Tom: " I have coached more talented and successful wrestlers but I have never had one that commanded my respect more than Tom Muir."