Les Gutches, one of the all-time Oregon State wrestling greats, will be inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame Wed., Sept. 28.
Gutches, already a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Class of 2009), will be welcomed along with six others as a member of the 32nd class at the Multnomah Athletic Club in downtown Portland, Ore.
Born in 1973 in Medford, Ore., Leslie Lyle Gutches was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American, winning back-to-back national titles for the Beavers in 1995 and 1996 at 177 pounds. As a senior, he was named Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAAs, and, that same year, was presented with the Hodge Trophy as the best college wrestler of 1996.
Gutches completed his Oregon State mat career with a 134-10 overall record, for an incredible .931 winning percentage. He was undefeated his junior and senior seasons.
After graduating from Oregon State, Gutches also served as an assistant coach for the Beavers for a total of eight seasons.
Gutches’ wrestling excellence was displayed far beyond collegiate wrestling. Among the highlights of his freestyle career: Competed at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics… won the 1999 World Cup, the 1999 Pan American Games and the 1998 Goodwill Games… and captured five straight U.S. Nationals titles. He also earned a gold medal at the 1997 World Freestyle Championships, and a bronze medal at the 1999 Worlds.
Gutches currently serves in a senior management position with USA Wrestling.
Gutches will become the sixth member of the Oregon State wrestling program to be inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall Of Fame. He joins Robin Reed (1980), Chet Newton (1980), Jess Lewis (1981), Ron Finley (1982) and legendary coach Dale Thomas (1991).
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