Bob Kopnisky
Bob Kopnisky

Event:
Wrestling Coach, 1974-1986

Hall of Fame Class:
2000



An NCAA champion wrestler at the University of Maryland (1965), Kopnisky came to Missouri as head coach in 1974, and led MU to national prominence. From 1974 to 1986, Kopnisky amassed a record of 125-72-3 (making him far-and-away the winningest coach in MU history), and had his teams place nine times at the NCAA Championships. His 1984 squad finished 10th at the NCAA meet, which represents MU's best-ever finish there. Missouri had never had an all-America wrestler prior to his arrival at MU, and he coached 11 of them, including MU's first-ever Big Eight Conference champion in John Sonderegger (1984). Currently resides in Carmel, Ind. His son, John, is a current standout on the Missouri wrestling team.

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