Steve Carr

Truly one of Minnesota High School Wrestling’s “All-Time” greatest wrestlers was Steve Carr. Carr was a 4-time Minnesota High School Wrestling State Champion, winning three Class A Titles at Battle Lake High School and one Class AA Title for Moorhead High School. Carr accumulated an overall high school career record of 175 wins and only 5 losses, with 102 pins. His consecutive wins of 129 stood as a Minnesota High School State record for 22 years. He was only the second 4-time State wrestling Champion in State History, going back as far as 1940. Steve’s 175 wins were 2nd nationally at the time, two wins shy of the national record.

Carr was also named to Amateur Wrestling News ‘All-American Dream Team.” The Minnesota State Legislature passed a Resolution in 1979 recognizing Steve’s incredible high school wrestling career. Steve was an outside linebacker and running back on Battle Lake’s Class C State Championship Team in 1977. Battle Lake had a 27-game win streak during Steve’s 3-years as a starter at outside linebacker. Steve was a Captain and Battle Lake’s first 1000-yard running back on the 1978 Class C State Runner-up team. Also, WCCO Radio named Steve to the Minnesota All-State Football team in 1978 as a running back/linebacker.

From High School, Steve attended Iowa State University on a wrestling scholarship. His very first year, as a “true freshman” Steve placed 4th in the highly touted Big 8 Conference. He was also named to Amateur Wrestling News D1 Freshman All-Star Team.

Carr then transferred to North Dakota State School of Science, where he captured a National Junior College Championship in 1982. From there he attended North Dakota State University where he was an NCCA Div. II National Champion in 1983, and 4th place All-American in 1984. His overall career record was an outstanding 132-38-2. He was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1990. After graduating from college at NDSU in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, he attained a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from the Tri-College University in Fargo, ND. Steve then entered the “Coaching World”. He started as an Assistant Coach at NDSU (1984-85) and then as Head Coach at Frazee High School, where he led Frazee to their 1st State Team tournament in 1987. He was then named Head Coach at the University of MN – Morris from 1987-91. Then Assistant Coach at Battle Lake HS – (1991-93). Steve then became Director/Manager at Perham Area Community Center from 1993-1997. He also was an assistant coach at Perham HS in 1995-96, and at Mahtomedi HS as an assistant from 2008-2014. Steve is currently a Sales Representative for Wilson Company Marketing & Promotion, Inc. over the past 24 years. (1998-2022).

Many honors have been bestowed on Steve Carr over the years. He was voted Section 4AA “Assistant Coach of the Year” in 2012. Inducted into the North Dakota State University “Hall of Fame” in 2011; North Dakota State School of Science Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. Team Captain of both North Dakota State University and North Dakota State School of Science wrestling teams; Sports Illustrated Magazine’s – Award of Merit for his High School Career, Minnesota All-Time High School “Dream Team” for the years 1937-1997 by USA/MN Wrestling. Steve’s partner for the past 15 years is Sheila Allen, and he has two sons Shea and Quinn.

Steve’s record speaks for itself, one of Minnesota High School’s All-Time greatest ever! Congratulations to Steve Carr and his induction to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame – Minnesota Chapter.


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