Matt Hamill is now a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The former Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) standout was honored with the Medal of Courage at the ceremonies in Oklahoma over the weekend.
Hamill, who was born deaf, starred on the mat at the Division III level, earning three NCAA championships as well as two Outstanding Wrestler trophies. His stellar 89-3 overall mark for the Tigers featured a plethora of pins and he was inducted into the RIT Hall of Fame in 2007.
The Ohio native also made his presence felt in the international styles, collecting gold medals in both Freestyle and Greco at the World Games for the Deaf and following up with a gold (Freestyle) and silver (Greco) at the Deaflympics in 2001.
After completing his wrestling career, he competed in MMA, winning double digit contests in the octagon.
Hamill wasn’t the only Hall of Fame inductee with New York ties. Joshua Harris, a current owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, was inducted as an Outstanding American. The former University of Pennsylvania wrestler currently lives in New York City and serves on the Board of Trustees for the United States Olympic Committee.
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