Stephen Atwood was a state wrestling champion from Watauga County High School and wrestled at Appalachian State University was inducted into the 2014 Class of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Friday night.
Following his graduation from ASU, Atwood coached Mitchell High School to a pair of state championships and two state runner-up titles. At Tuscola, he directed the Mountaineers to four runner-up titles. He coached a total of 14 state champions and never had a losing season.
Joining him will be Mike Jordan, a Pisgah assistant to head coach Ryan Gibson, and former Tuscola Head Coach.
Jordan attended R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, where he was a three-time state qualifier and state runner-up in his senior season. He continued his wrestling career at Duke University, where he eventually won the 123-pound ACC championship his senior season. To this day, Jordan is Dukes only North Carolina native to win an ACC wrestling championship.
Jordan and Atwood, along with the other inductees, were honored at a banquet held in at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.