Culver wrestling coach J.D. Alley inducted into hall of fame
As if his trophy case were not already full enough, Culver wrestling head coach J.D. Alley added a new honor to his mantle over the weekend. Alley was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as part of the organization's 2021 class of honorees.
Alley, a Culver High graduate who wrestled collegiately at Southern Oregon University, has helmed the Bulldog program for the past 30 years. In a streak that started back in 2002, Culver has reached the 2A State Championship match in 18 of the past 19 seasons. Within that run, the team put together two separate six-year runs as repeat state champions.
That kind of sustained success was worthy of special recognition, according to the Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (NWHOF). In a ceremony held in Stillwater, Okla., Alley and other inductees in the Class of 2021 were honored and enshrined.
Alley spoke about his experience as Culver head coach during an interview from the event posted online by Trent Kroll, a board member from the Oregon Chapter of the NWHOF.
"I took that job more out of duty than desire," recalled Alley. "I just thought, Culver needed a head coach, wrestling had been good to me and it was my turn to pay back and give back. I had no idea I would still be here 30 years later, but here we are."
On being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Alley said, "I'm grateful for this opportunity. It's a bucket list item. To be able to say that there's a part of Culver wrestling that's going to be in Stillwater is a tremendously humbling moment. I'm proud of that."
"It's a great day to be a Bulldog," Alley added. "Two claps and a hoorah."
Culver's wrestling season opens practice on Monday, Nov. 15. The first contest date of the winter season in Dec. 1, though no contests have been added to the Bulldogs' schedule on the OSAA website yet.
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