SAN JOSE, Calif. – Sacred Heart Assistant Wrestling Coach Derek Moore was inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday in San Jose.
Moore was one of 10 inductees Saturday. He was a two-time Pac-10 champion at 141 pounds while wrestling at UC-Davis, winning the title in 2006 and 2007. Moore capped a perfect 2007 season by becoming the Aggies' first ever student-athlete to win an NCAA national championship. At the 2007 NCAA Wrestling Championship, Moore went 5-0 and won the national title with a 17-2 technical fall win over top-seeded Ryan Lang of Northwestern to finish the season 24-0. He was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the championship as well.
"Being inducted into the California Hall of Fame is such an amazing honor," said Moore. "California is known for producing some of the most successful wrestlers in our nation's history. To be selected as a member of such an elite group is a true blessing. For me the evening was about expressing my immense gratitude for so many people who supported me throughout my career and my life. I competed for my friends, family and coaches, most of whom were at the induction ceremony on the 28th. It could not have been a more magical evening and one I will never forget."
After graduation from UC-Davis, Moore was commissioned in the United States Army as a Field Artillery Officer. He was accepted into the World Class Athlete Program after nine months of military training. The World Class Athlete Program is an Army unit that trains qualified soldier-athletes to represent the Army in World and Olympic competition. Moore was one of 13 competitiors to qualify for and compete in the 2012 freestyle Olympic trials at the 60 kilogram weight class.
Moore completed his third season with the SHU wrestling program this year. During his tenure, four Pioneers have finished among the top-eight at the EIWA Championships. This month, Moore graduated with his master's in Business Administration and was his class's speaker at SHU's graduate commencement.