Tyler McGinnis

(Shenandoah) -- Each weekday from now until August 26th, KMA Sports will be announcing the inaugural KMA Sports Hall of Fame class. Throughout the 2016-17 sports year, these 20 inductees will have special induction ceremonies, but August is designed for the announcements.

Today's inductee is one of just two former Shenandoah wrestlers to win a state championship. And Tyler McGinnis, who won the 152-pound title in 2000, believes he should have won more.

"When I think back on those days it's kind of bittersweet," he said. "I was so close freshman, sophomore and junior year. If I would have done things differently maybe we're talking about more than just one (championship)."

McGinnis finished second at 130 during his freshman season of 1997, third at 140 in 1998 and third at 145 in 1999.

"Maybe just staying focused," McGinnis said. "Maybe not taking my opponents lightly. Maybe that would have changed the course, and we'd be talking about more. But it's good to get one at least."

Not only was McGinnis a hair away from four state championships, he's also one of just 38 wrestlers in the state's history to have won at least 186 matches, finishing with an unbelievable 186-5 career mark. He says there's plenty of thanks to go around for his success.

"If it wasn't for my brother (Todd)," he said, "I wouldn't have won as many matches as I did. It's a fact. I wouldn't have won state if it wasn't for him. He would drag me out of bed in the mornings to do morning runs and workouts. We drilled before and after practice. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have been as successful as I was."

The younger McGinnis also credits his parents, his teammates, his former head coach Kent Jorgenson and a wrestling room he calls one of the toughest in the state.

"Some days I didn't even score a point," he said. "I wrestled (two-time state champion and former Iowa Hawkeye) Matt Anderson, (two-time state placewinner and former Nebraska Cornhusker) Matt Fletcher, my brothers. Those guys helped me get to where I wanted to go."

McGinnis will be inducted into the inaugural class of the KMA Sports Hall of Fame on December 17th at the Mustang Duals in Shenandoah.

KMA Sports will announce a new inductee each August weekday morning during the 7:50 AM sportscast. Track the Hall of Fame announcements/inductees below:


Football: Announced August 26th at 7:50 AM

Volleyball: Angie Spangenberg, Red Oak/Harlan (Induction: 9/27)

Boys Cross Country: Ray Graves (Induction: 9/29)

Girls Cross Country: Missy Buttry Rock (Induction: 9/29)

Team: Clarinda Boys Cross Country 1956 State Champions (Induction: 9/6)


Boys Basketball: BJ Windhorst (Induction: TBA)

Girls Basketball: Announced August 18th at 7:50 AM

Wrestling: Tyler McGinnis (Induction: December 17th)

Team: 1996-97 Creston Boy's Basketball (Induction: July 2018)


Girls Track: Sandra Hays (Induction: Corner Conference Track Meet)

Boys Track: Announced August 23rd at 7:50 AM

Girls Golf: Announced August 16th at 7:50 AM

Boys Golf: Announced August 19th at 7:50 AM

Girls Tennis: Announced August 17th at 7:50 AM

Boys Tennis: Mark Paulson (Induction: TBA)

Soccer: Announced August 15th at 7:50 AM

Team: Announced August 25th at 7:50 AM


Baseball: Mike Mercer (Induction: TBA)

Softball: Announced August 24th at 7:50 AM

Team: Announced August 22nd at 7:50 AM

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