Lester Ware '82
Induction Class of 2009
A native of Southampton, N.Y., Lester Ware competed in wrestling at Binghamton from 1977-81. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1982 and received his MBA from Binghamton in 1990.
The chisled heavyweight placed among the nation's top seven three times including an NCAA runnerup finish in 1980.
As a freshman, Ware won 16 matches and placed third at the SUNYAC Championship and fifth at the New York State Championship. At the NCAA Championship, an unseeded Ware won three matches to place seventh in the field of 62 wrestlers. Along the way, he dispatched the previously unbeaten fourth seed and Ware's finish helped the Colonials place fifth in the nation as a team. After the season, he won the Junior World National Greco Roman Championship, was runnerup at the National Junior World Freestyle Champoinship and placed seventh in the National Open Freestyle Championship.
After missing his sophomore season with a knee injury, Ware returned to the mat for his junior season in 1979-80. He went 24-8 with a school-record 12 pins and placed third at both the SUNYAC and New York State Championships. At the NCAA Championship, an unseeded Ware recorded four victories three by pin to earn national runnerup honors.
In 1980-81, Ware produced a 27-9 season and again led the team in pins. He was SUNYAC runnerup and placed third at the New York State Championship before winning four matches to earn fifth place and repeat All-America honors at the NCAA Championship.
Ware was honored as the University's "Athlete of the Year" in 1980 and received the school's prestigious Foundation Award in 1982.
After graduation, he continued to excel in the sport, earning five medals in Grand Prix championships in the U.S., France, Greece, Norway and Italy. Ware capped his national wrestling experience by serving as an alternate for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team.
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