Mason did not begin his wrestling career until his freshmen year
at the University of Wyoming. Burns High School in Wyoming did not
have a wrestling program. Robert participated in football, basketball
and baseball while at Burns until his graduation in 1947. At the
University of Wyoming, he was twice the 165 pound champion of the
Western States Athletic Conference Tournament and placed second
once. Robert was the team captain his junior and senior seasons
and was twice a fourth place finisher at the NCAA tournament.
school coaching career started in 1951 at Cheyenne High School where
he compiled a 14-3 dual meet record. He moved to Laramie High School
in 1955 where hi teams earned a 40-9-1 record. In his seven years
of high school coaching, his teams won 3 Wyoming state championships.
on to the college level at Sheridan College where he started the
wrestling program in 1961. The next season, he moved to Moses Lake
and started the program at Big Bend Community College where he would
remain as head coach for 11 seasons until 1973. In 1980, Robert
reinitiated the program at BBCC and coached there until 1986. During
his years at Big Bend his teams compiled a 113-57-0 dual record
and had 3 national champions and twelve national tournament place
winners. He has been named to the Northwest Junior College Wrestling
Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
He has been
an active official at all levels for 34 years. Robert has officiated
at 14 state championships in 3 states, at the Pac 10, Evergreen,
WAC and NAIA tournaments, NCAA and NJCAA tournaments and at the
Olympic Trials. He was honored by the Washington State Wrestling
Coaches Association with the Officials Award in 1985 and the Contributors
Award in 1995.
Robert has received
many awards, including 25 year service award from the National Coaches
Association, Meritorious Service Award form the WIAA, Dean Emeritus
from Big Bend Community College and he received the Order of the
Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan. Robert and his wife Peg have
four children, Lewis, Gary, Donald and Marie. He enjoys restoring
old books and traveling.
Darrel White and Mike Hess and inducted by Dick Deane, Hall of Fame
Member. Sons Lewis and Gary will receive the award on his behalf.