COLUMBIA, S.C.—Former two–time NCAA Champion and Clemson wrestling great Sammie Henson will be inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame (SCAHOF) as announced by the organization Monday.
The Class of 2018 consists of Henson, Drew Meyer (USC Baseball), Sam Goodwin (S.C. State), Kenny Washington (UCLA and Beaufort, S.C.), Ray Allen (NBA Player, Hillcrest High and Dalzell, S.C.), Casey Manning (USC basketball) and Kathleen Wilson (marathon swimmer, Charleston, S.C).
The seven individuals will be forever enshrined with the state’s highest athletic honor on May 14 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Tickets (table of eight for $600) and program sponsorships are available by calling the SCAHOF office at 803/779-0905. The event, which includes a reception and dinner, begins at 5:30 p.m.
Henson is a former Clemson wrestler and two-time NCAA National Champion who was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on June 5-6, 2015, in Stillwater, Okla.
(Henson is shown with one of his NCAA Championship Trophies)
He is one of America’s most celebrated wrestlers, as he is one of just a few wrestlers in USA history to earn three world medals. Henson competed for Clemson after transferring from the University of Missouri and as a Tiger, he was undefeated and was a two-time NCAA champion in 1993 and ‘94.
In 1992-93, Henson led Clemson to a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Tournament as he won the 118-pound national championship. Henson became the first Tiger to go undefeated during a season, with a unspoiled 34-0 record and during the 1992-93 season, Clemson enjoyed its highest finish ever at the 1994 NCAA Tournament with a seventh-place showing.
In 1993-94, Henson led the way again, as he won the 118-pound National Championship. For the second consecutive year, Henson went undefeated and finished with an impressive 37-0 record in 1994 making his two-year Clemson career a perfect 71-0 that included the ACC Championship at the 118-pound class both seasons.
After Clemson, he won the World Title in Iran and was a Silver Medalist in the 2000 Olympics and at the age of 36, he competed at the 2006 World Championships in China and won the bronze medal. Internationally, Henson was a Junior World Greco-Roman champion, Senior World Freestyle champion, Senior World Freestyle bronze medalist and Olympic Freestyle silver medalist. He also won three USA Senior Freestyle titles and one in Greco-Roman, and as a coach, Henson has assisted numerous top college programs. He is currently the head coach at West Virginia University.