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Gone, Lost & Forgotten: Their Best = California

By Stephen Stonebraker

A lot of names and little information about them, The Golden Bears had varsity wrestling up until their last season of 1978-1979.  Finishing a high ninth at the 1952 NCAA tournament, ironically enough it was their last two seasons of 1978 & 1979 they finished in the top twenty-seven (during a time when their were about 150 Division I programs verses the 80 we have today) after a period of time of not doing as well.

Names & strictly accomplishments in the PAC-12 & NCAA were about all I could find on the great wrestlers of Cal.  I wasn’t able to find pictures or much information about these wrestlers.  If you have more info please let me know.

Edgar Nemir

Born in Waco, Texas had it not been for his family moving, Nemir may never have stepped onto a mat.  An AAU champion for Cal, Nemir would go on to win a silver medal at the 1932 Olympic games. He later became the head boxing coach at Cal in the 1934-1935 season & would coach the Golden Bears up until the NCAA decided to stop sponsoring boxing after the 1959-1960 season.  Nemir was also an officer in the Navy & he dabbled in Hollywood for a while as well.

177 lbs
Bentley Lyon

Lyon finished in seventh place at the 1951 NCAA championships as a junior.  He’d come back in 1952 winning both a PAC-12 title & an NCAA title cementing himself as the Golden Bears greatest wrestler.

137 & 130 lbs
Alan Seigal

A two time PAC-12 champion, Siegal finished in fifth place at the 1965 NCAA championships.

115, 118 lbs
Gordon Yamamoto

Yamamoto was a three time NCAA qualifier for the Golden Bears in 1968, 1969 & 1970

126, 134 lbs
Carlos Rodriguez

A three time NCAA qualifier, Rodriguez was a PAC-12 champion his senior year of 1977

Steve Warren

A 1967 high school state champion wrestling for El Camino high school, Warren won PAC-12 titles for the Golden Bears in 1968 & 1969.

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