MOUNT VERNON – Cornell College honored former wrestler Michael Buhr '12 as the 2017 Alumni Coach of the Year during Saturday's 'C' Club Breakfast & Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony.
Buhr, a four-year letterwinner and 2012 NCAA qualifier for the Rams, led Wauconda (Ill.) High School's wrestling program to a historic runner-up finish at the 2017 Illinois Class 2A State Duals Tournament in his first season as head coach.
Buhr's Bulldogs claimed the first state trophy in a boys sport in the 102-year history of the school. The team finished the season 24-5 in duals, setting a school record for wins. Wauconda's lone loss against a 2A opponent came in the state finals.
Wauconda captured conference and regional championships as a team last season. Buhr had six individuals qualify for the state tournament. Three of his wrestlers have gone on to play collegiate sports.
Buhr also serves as social studies teacher at Wauconda.
Buhr, a native of Crystal Lake, Ill., got his coaching start as a wrestling assistant for two years at New Trier High School. He moved on to Cherry Grove High School as head coach in 2015-16, directing three state qualifiers and one state champion in his only season there.
Buhr won 65 career matches in a Ram singlet, including 42 over his final two seasons. He qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships at 141 pounds as a senior. Buhr also excelled in the classroom as a two-time NWCA Scholar All-American.