Decorated Lakewood wrestling coach Bob Veitch is headed into another hall of fame.
The former Viking leader, who retired as one of the winningest coaches in state history, will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma, for his lifetime of service to wrestling. He will be formally inducted in a ceremony honoring the Michigan honorees at noon April 24 at Weber's Inn in Ann Arbor.
Veitch, who last year was inducted into the Michigan Wrestling Association Hall of Fame, earns the latest honor after a coaching career he ended with a 819-239-3 mark. He ranks third in the Michigan High School Athletic Association record books for wins and was one of just four that had surpassed 800 wins entering this winter.
Veitch guided Lakewood to 20 league and district championships, eight regional titles and had 12 state champion wrestlers.
“It's a great honor just to be with all the great coaches that have been there before me,” Veitch said. “I wasn't really expecting it. You put your time in and you do it for the kids. You've got great assistant coaches that help you out and you have some success. Then when you retire you still get a little recognition from them from what you did accomplish in the sport. It's such a great sport. I love the sport and camaraderie with all the coaches. To me it was just a fun 40 years.”
The other inductees part of the Michigan chapter's class of 2022 include Marvin Goodwin, Holly’s Don Plata, Dundee’s Tim Roberts, Charles Wells and Battle Creek Harper Creek’s Dave Studer. Wells was Veitch's college coach at Grand Rapids Junior College.
"That's pretty awesome for me," Veitch said of sharing the honor with Wells.
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This article originally appeared on Lansing State Journal: Wrestling: Lakewood's Bob Veitch set to join national hall of fame