EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Former Michigan State wrestler Michael Bradley will be inducted into the Michigan Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Bradley will be receiving the Lifetime Service Award.
Bradley is one of nine inductees for this year's awards banquet which will be held Sunday, May 21 at Weber's Inn in Ann Arbor. The luncheon will begin at 1 p.m. with the awards ceremony beginning at 2 p.m.
A native of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Bradley was a two-time Michigan High School Athletic Association state champion wrestler, as well as an all-state football player at Ypsilanti High School from 1962-64, before coming to Michigan State.
As a Spartan wrestler, Bradley was an All-American at 177 pounds in 1967 as the NCAA Runner-Up and was a three-time Big Ten Champion at 177 pounds from 1966-68, finishing his MSU career with a 55-7 record. He was also the 1967 Midlands Champion and wrestled at the 1968 East/West All-Star Dual meet. Bradley is also a member of the Michigan State Wrestling Alumni Association.
In 1971, Bradley was an alternate on the United States Pan-American Games squad, before finishing second at the 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials. Bradley was the World Team Trials Champion and finished fifth at the World Games in Moscow.
In addition to wrestling as a Spartan, Bradley was also on the 1966 MSU football team, playing offensive line for the 1966 Big Ten and National Champion Spartans.
After his time at MSU, Bradley became a teacher and wrestling coach at Ypsilanti High School from 1969-79, before becoming a graduate assistant coach for Michigan State. In 1980, Bradley was head coach at Lincoln University in Missouri, where he coached for two seasons before returning to Michigan to be an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan from 1982-1993. Bradley then became assistant coach at Pinkney High School from 1994-99.
Additionally, Bradley has been involved with Washtenaw Family Courts Programs from 1990-2010, as well as remaining active with local and state wrestling programs.