Marable Honored By Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 10, 2015) – West Virginia University wrestling assistant coach Nick Marable has been named the 2015 Male Professional Athlete of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, as announced on Wednesday.
Marable was awarded the honor for his outstanding performance in 2014. Currently a member of the U.S. National Team, he is ranked No. 1 in the nation at his weight of 70 kilograms and also boasts a top-10 world ranking. He represented the U.S. at the 2014 World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and is the defending U.S. Open Champion.
Most notably, the Collierville, Tennessee, native ended Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Champion Jordan Burrough’s 69-match win streak at the 2014 Yasar Dogu Invitational. The defeat was Burrough’s first loss in his four-year international wrestling career. Marable also won the Grand Prix of Paris that year.
“It’s such an honor to receive this award,” said Marable. “There are so many great athletes that come out of Tennessee. I’m lucky enough to represent my home state and country in international competition and look forward to continuing to do so in the future.”
Marable will be honored at an awards banquet on June 6 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. During the ceremony, 12 former athletes and coaches will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Former Texas football coach Mack Brown, former Iowa football coach Bob Cummings, former Tennessee linebacker Jamie Rotella and former St. Louis Rams wide out Isaac Bruce are among the inductees.
Marable continues to represent Team U.S.A. in 2015. Earlier this year, he took top honors at the Dave Schultz Memorial Invitational. He will compete in the 2015 Freestyle World Cup in Los Angeles this weekend.
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