Chris Bell

Chris Bell pictureA four-year standout for the Salina Central wrestling program, Chris Bell put together a remarkable run over his final three seasons as a Mustang. 

As a freshman in 1976, Bell reached the Class 4A state semifinals in the 98-pound weight class. His loss the following day in the consolation bracket was the last of his career.
Bell began a three-year unbeaten streak the following season. He went 26-0 as a sophomore competing at 105 pounds and won his first state title in 1977. 
As a junior, Bell moved up to 119 pounds and continued his successful run. He finished 29-0 that season and won his second consecutive 4A championship. 

A move to Class 6A in 1979 [the first year for the new classification in Kansas] did not prove to be a problem for Bell. He again finished 29-0, extending his winning streak to a school-record 84 matches. Over his final three state tournament appearances, Bell's closest match was an 8-4 decision in the 1978 final. Chris is the only three time Salina Central State Wrestling Champion.
Bell wrestled collegiately at the University of Wyoming. There he established school and Western Athletic Conference records for victories, going 132-20 while winning three WAC championships and two conference MVP awards at 126 pounds.