Inducted: Oct. 15, 2011
All-Americ wrestler Stan Opp joined elite company when he was inducted into the Jackabbit Sports Hall of Fame in October 2011.
Opp earned All-America honors three times at 118 pounds in
finishing his wrestling career as the Jackrabbits' all-time leader in victories
with a 94-19-1 career mark (since surpassed). An Aberdeen native, Opp was an NCAA Division II
national runner-up in 1971 and 1973, earning berths in the NCAA Division I
Championships both times. He also recorded a fifth-place finish at Division II
nationals in 1972. Opp went a combined 35-0-2 in duals during his junior and
senior seasons, winning a North Central Conference individual title in 1973 en
route to being named NCC Most Outstanding Wrestler. The Jackrabbits also
claimed the NCC team title in 1973.
Since graduating from SDSU in 1973, Opp spent most of
his professional career teaching and coaching in the state of Washington. He
served as head wrestling coach at Eastern Washington University for four years
(1978-82) and had taught mathematics at Wenatchee High School since 1982. Opp
served as head wrestling coach at Wenatchee from 1982-2004 and also served as the boys' golf coach. A resident of Malaga, Wash., Opp received the Ralph Ginn
Award for Coaching Excellence in 1999, joining Warren Williamson and Pat
Dobratz as the only others to be honored as an inductee into the Jackrabbit
Sports Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Ginn Award.