Cy Lucas
Wrestling Background

Cy started wrestling as a freshman in high school but was taken off the team by his parents when he received a "C" in Algebra (much to the chagrin of his wrestling coach, in a "practice" session, Cy pinned the league champ!) The following year he came back, weighing 98 pounds wrestling in the 103 lb. weight class and won the league championship. He managed to win the league the next year at 112 lb. where he and his older brother, Bob, became the first brothers to win SPAL league titles in the same year. His senior year he took 2nd in league, 2nd in the Sectional and 2nd in the State Championships at 133 lb.

Cy went on to Foothill Community College where he was a two time Junior College All America placing 3rd in the California State Championships in 1963 and winning the title in 1965. He wrestled for Hugh Mumby at San Jose State in 1966 going undefeated in dual matches and making it to the Quarter Finals at the NCAA Championships before losing a close match. His opponent then lost to eventual champion and Olympian Greg Ruth (this was prior to the "wrestle back") thus Cy was eliminated from competition.

Cy went on to wrestle for The San Francisco Olympic Club from 1966 through 1976 being the arch rival of 13 time National Champion and two time Olympian Russ Camelleri. They butted heads on numerous occasions with the score always being 3-2, 2-1 or 4-3 with Russ always getting the edge. Cy was the only US wrestler to beat multiple National Champion and World Team member Mike Gallegos in 1968. Cy won the Western Regional Olympic Trials in 1972 in freestyle at 180 lb.

Cy also went undefeated in the Police Olympics between 1971 through 1976 winning National and World titles during that time. Not one wrestler scored a point on him throughout his Police Olympics participation.

Cy retired from competitive wrestling in 1976 and took a hiatus until his little brother, Jim, got him involved in refereeing the Junior High School wrestling meets in Santa Cruz, California. Shortly after that Jim got Cy back on the mat and competing in the Masters National Championships. In his two stints competing, Cy nabbed a 4th then a 3rd in the Masters National Championships losing close bouts to the reigning World Champion. A degenerative spinal disease has unfortunately sidelined Cy from active wrestling. However, he continues to coach his little brother, Jim, whom he first got on the mat in 1965.

With Cy's election, he and his little brother, Jim, become the first brothers to be in the Ironman Surfing/Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Cy and Jim Lucas - 2001

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