Big Eight Conference Wrestling Championship History
Sponsored by the Big Eight Conference (1924–1996)
School Sponsored Seasons Total Championships Best Finish (Year(s)) Year Champion Head Coach
Colorado 1948–1980 0 3rd (numerous) 1924 Nebraska Dr. R.G. Clapp
Iowa State 1924–1996 14 1st (numerous) 1925 Oklahoma State Ed Gallagher
Kansas 1924–1936; 1964–1966 0 4th (1925, 1933, 1934, 1935) 1926 Oklahoma State Ed Gallagher
Kansas State 1925–1975 3 1st (1931, 1939, 1940) 1927 Oklahoma State Ed Gallagher
Missouri 1925–1937; 1965–1996 0   1928 Oklahoma State Ed Gallagher
Nebraska 1924–1996 3 1st (1924, 1949, 1995) 1929 Iowa State Hugo Otopalik
Oklahoma 1925–1996 21 1st (numerous) 1930 Oklahoma Paul V. Keen
Oklahoma State 1924–1928; 1958–1992; 1994–1996 29 1st (numerous) 1931 Kansas State Buell Patterson
Washington 1926 0 T–7th (1926) 1932 Oklahoma Paul V. Keen
1933 Iowa State Hugo Otopalik
1934 Oklahoma Paul V. Keen
1935 Oklahoma Paul V. Keen
1936 Oklahoma Paul V. Keen
1937 Iowa State Hugo Otopalik
1938 Oklahoma Paul V. Keen
This is a table of non conference member participation. 1939 Kansas State Buell Patterson
School Sponsored Seasons Total Championships Best Finish (Year(s)) 1940 Kansas State Buell Patterson
Cornell College 1924 0 4th (1924) 1941 Iowa State Hugo Otopalik
Simpson 1924 0 6th (1924) 1942 No Meet N/A
1943 No Meet N/A
1944 No Meet N/A
1945 No Meet N/A
Notes 1946 No Meet N/A
•The total championships include shared championships as a full championship for total purposes. 1947 Iowa State Hugo Otopalik
•Prior to 1924 there may have been Big Eight Conference play in wrestling, though I have not found any records of a championship. The 1988–89 Big Eight 1948 Oklahoma Port Robertson
Conference Records Book does not include the championships from 1924 through 1928. I have included them in these totals. 1949 Nebraska Buell Patterson
•The results from the Big Eight Conference championship from 1929 through 1930 are not available. So the "Best Finish" for teams not finishing first, is only 1950 Oklahoma Port Robertson
from the years where the results are available. 1951 Oklahoma Port Robertson
1952 Oklahoma Port Robertson
1953 Oklahoma Port Robertson
1954 Oklahoma Port Robertson
1955 Oklahoma Port Robertson
1956 Oklahoma Port Robertson
1957 Oklahoma Port Robertson
1958 Iowa State Harold Nichols
1959 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick
1960 Okahoma Tommy Evans
1961 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick
1962 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick
1963 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick
1964 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick
1965 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick
1966 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick
1967 Oklahoma Tommy Evans
1968 Oklahoma State† Myron Roderick
  Oklahoma† Tommy Evans
1969 Oklahoma State Myron Roderick
1970 Iowa State Harold Nichols
1971 Oklahoma State Tommy Chesbro
1972 Oklahoma State Tommy Chesbro
1973 Oklahoma State Tommy Chesbro
1974 Oklahoma State Tommy Chesbro
1975 Oklahoma State Tommy Chesbro
1976 Iowa State Harold Nichols
1977 Iowa State Harold Nichols
1978 Oklahoma State Tommy Chesbro
1979 Iowa State Harold Nichols
1980 Iowa State Harold Nichols
1981 Oklahoma Stan Abel
1982 Iowa State Harold Nichols
1983 Oklahoma State Tommy Chesbro
1984 Oklahoma State Tommy Chesbro
1985 Oklahoma Stan Abel
1986 Oklahoma Stan Abel
1987 Iowa State† Jim Gibbons
  Oklahoma State† Joe Seay
1988 Oklahoma State Joe Seay
1989 Oklahoma State Joe Seay
1990 Oklahoma State Joe Seay
1991 Oklahoma State Joe Seay
1992 Oklahoma State Kenny Monday & John Smith
1993 Iowa State Bobby Douglas
1994 Oklahoma State John Smith
1995 Nebraska Tim Neumann
1996 Oklahoma State John Smith
* = Denotes Oklahoma State didn't accept the 1992 trophy. They are still counted as the champion in the Big Eight record books.
† = Denotes a co-champion.
Sources
2007-08 Oklahoma Men's Wrestling Media Guide; History
2008-09 Nebraska Wrestling Media Guide; History
http://www.okstate.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/wr-conference.html
1988–89 Big Eight Conference Records Book; 82nd Year; 28th Edition