Who is NCAA Wrestling’s All-Time Pin King? Part 2

by: Alex Steen in College Wrestling News

Al Sears, SIUE

In part one of our attempt to answer the question of who is NCAA wrestling’s all-time pin king, we tackled the debate over whether Gene Mills (Syracuse) broke Wade Schalles’ (Clarion) NCAA record of 106 career falls. However, while those two are cited at the top of many all-time college wrestling pins lists, there is another wrestler out there who may have topped them both. Al Sears of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is said to have had 122 pins in his career, though when I spoke with him he confirmed that his official total was 110. The discrepancy could well be the for same reasons that Mills’ total was so hard to pin down. There were more unofficial matches back then that did not count on official records. Regardless, 110 is still enough to make Sears the all-time pin king in college wrestling.

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