|School: Madison||Graduation Year: 1982|
Year Inducted: 2017
Sports Played: Wrestling
High School Honors: 4-year Wrestling letterman. PIL and State Champion at 123 lbs. as a Sophomore, 130 lbs. as a Junior, and 136 lbs. as a Senior; 1st in PIL and 3rd in State at 115 lbs. as a Freshman.
Post High School Career: 1 year of Varsity Wrestling at Arizona State University. In Amateur Athletic Union competition, 4-time Oregon Freestyle Champion; 15-time Grand National Champion in weight classes between 77 and 136 lbs.; 7-time Amateur World Champion; and 3-time Oregon Greco Roman Champion. Wrestling coach at Lincoln High, 1987. Founder and operator of the Wax Shop auto detail business on NE Killingsworth for 25 years.
My father, Marc Sprague, Sr., inspired my love for wrestling. He was a long-time private coach at Oregon Athletic Club and USA Cobra. He and Hall of Fame member Roy Pittman introduced me to amateur wrestling at a very early age. Other encourage-rs were the late Floyd Vaughn, Pavel Katsen and Bobby Douglas. Things I learned on the mat—dedication, goal setting, perseverance and building the competitive edge—helped me succeed in the launching and running of an auto detail business.