Dec. 11, 2013
Northwestern is unveiling its Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013 this week. Check back each day this week as we reveal another member in the newest class that has been selected to receive Northwestern's highest athletic honor. These elite Wildcats will be formally inducted during Hall of Fame weekend Feb. 7-8, 2014.
The Athletic Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1984 to honor former athletes, coaches and administrators who have helped establish a proud tradition in intercollegiate competition at Northwestern. Individuals are eligible for Hall of Fame recognition beginning five years after their final competition at NU. For more information and to view the complete membership, visit the NUsports.com Hall of Fame website.
|NU Athletic Hall of Fame - Class of 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern wrestler, Dustin Fox, the 2008 NCAA heavyweight champion, a two-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier, has been elected to the NU Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013.
Fox posted a 109-29 overall record for the Wildcats, including a 29-1 mark as a senior in 2008, culminating with an NCAA heavyweight championship. In the title bout, Fox defeated Ohio State's J.D. Bergman in a dramatic 4-2 victory that went to extra time.
Fox sustained a cut to his head, which continued to bleed during the championship match. After trainers continued to fix the cut, his headgear broke and Fox also fought off a blow to the nose, which left it broken and bloody. In true grit fashion, Fox defeated Bergman with a takedown in the match's second sudden victory.
"Northwestern provided more than a platform to excel in sports at the national collegiate level," Fox said of his time at Northwestern after being selected to the Hall of Fame. "It instilled, in my teammates and I, a culture of athletic and academic intensity that propels us to success in our lives today. For me, the biggest accomplishment is that current and future team members are able to draw strength from this legacy of achievement and continue to nourish this culture at NU wrestling. "
Fox came to Northwestern after wrestling at Galion High School in Galion, Ohio. He qualified for the NCAA championships each of his four seasons with the Wildcats and was named an All-American during his junior and senior seasons.
He finished third in the country as a junior in 2007 and won a Big Ten heavyweight championship. With the win, Fox continued a Wildcats streak as a Northwestern wrestler would take home a Big Ten championship each year for five consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2009. It marked the first time the school has accomplished the feat since 1928 to 1933.
He became the Wildcats seventh different wrester to win an NCAA championship. During his time with NU, the `Cats finished fifth in the Big Ten championships in 2006 and recorded some of the school's top finishes in the NCAA championships. Northwestern finished fourth in 2007, 13th in 2006 and 2008 and 14th in 2005.
"Dustin came to Northwestern knowing that he could make a difference and reach a level of success that few have achieved in our sport," Northwestern head coach Drew Pariano said. "Dustin played an instrumental role in our team finishing fourth in the NCAA tournament during the 2007 season. He bought into the system and that resulted in a National Championship during his senior season.
"He completed an outstanding career and we wish him well as he continues his professional career. Dustin is and will always be a true champion and ambassador for Northwestern Athletics."