Former University of Minnesota Duluth All-American Troy Haglund was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Haglund competed at the University of Minnesota Duluth and was the 158-pound NSIC Conference Champion and placed 6th at the NCAA Division II National Tournament, earning All-American status. His college wrestling record was 134-23-2.
Haglund, attended Willmar High School, graduating in 1990. His high school wrestling record was 143-20-4 along with being a 4-time Region 2AA place winner. As a junior, Troy placed third at 125 pounds and as a senior was the 135-pound AA State Champion doing so with an undefeated record. Upon competing at UMD, Troy transferred to St. Cloud State University to finish his BS Degree and assumed the student assistant coaching job. He then attended Minnesota State University Mankato in 1998-1999 working as the Grad Assistant coach while earning his Masters in Administration and continued coaching at the high school level.
Tom Beyer, Troy’s high school wrestling coach said; “Troy had this quiet yet confident way about him that caused other athletes to hold him in high regard. It was this characteristic that made him a great leader in college and in coaching. Troy was the type of young man that made him stand out as an athlete, coach, educator, teammate and friend. His memory and influence are still alive in people he touched along his way.”
Gene Hanemann, a former wrestler and National Champion for St. Cloud State, wrote: “Troy had every bit to do with my accomplishment. Troy also had the opportunity to coach on the high school level, junior college level, club level, and finally the college level. Where Troy coached, he was able to positively affect most people’s lives. Most people wanted to emulate Troy in so many ways. He was the guy that everyone liked, and it was contagious.”