Butler County Times Gazette
  • Gus Garcia Sr. first inductee into AHS Hall of Fame

  • Gus Garcia Sr. is the inaugural inductee into the AHS Wrestling Hall of Fame.
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  • Augusta High School presented Gus Garcia Sr., with a plaque as the inaugural inductee into the AHS Wrestling Hall of Fame.
    Garcia was the head coach of the Orioles from 1981 through 1994. During his tenure, he coached eight individual state champions, including the first-ever Oriole champion. Under Garcia's coaching, Augusta earned seven top-10 finishes in the team standings at the state tournament, which included two runner-up championships.
    In 2000, Garcia was elected to the Kansas Wrestling Hall of Fame.
    A graduate of Douglass High School, Garcia had fourth-, third-, and second-place finishes at State. He furthered his career by competing for the All-Marine wrestling team from 1956 through 1959. He followed that by attending Kansas State University, where he earned a third-place conference tournament title.
    Prior to his stint with Augusta, Garcia coached at Atwood High School. There, he led the team to 12 top-10 finishes highlighted by a team state championship in 1972-73.
    A bronze plaque with Garcia's name will be placed in the AHS wrestling room. It will have spaces for future inductees.

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