BISMARCK, N.D. - The University of Mary had one of the best NAIA wrestling programs in the country during the 90s. It was not by accident. A lot of it had to do with the fact Mile Trusty was the Marauders Head Coach.
UMary is honoring Trusty during a tribute Saturday. He was in charge of the Marauders from the start in 1987 until 2002, and get this, his teams were 120-5 in duals.
"I can't wait! I can't wait to see all of the guys. It's going to be really something because I get to see them after they've had a family and I get to meet their kids. In fact, I had two goals that I haven't gotten done yet. On was to have a Mat-Pac/U-Mary reunion and this is going to be a reunion," said Trusty.
Wrestling is still a big part of his life. Trusty is an assistant for his son Monte's team at Windsor High School in Colorado.
Trusty will be the first to tell you the credit should go to the athletes. He had 12 National Champions and 78 All-Americans.
"I'd say over half of the recruits I had over the years I knew them from when they were little kids. I knew them when they were like 6 years old, 7 years old, and that was half of my guys over all of the years that I just know from Mat-Pac going every weekend. I saw those guys as they grew up and even other towns where I did camps," said Trusty.
Trusty is a native of Mandan and he won a state title for the Braves in 1963. After coaching at BSC, he started the program at Century. He got heavily involved in youth wrestling by getting the Mac-Pat going and, of course, all of the success at UMary.
The tribute will be at the Lumen Vitae Center.
Also, Trusty said there were two goals, the second is coaching the kids of his guys and that will happen Saturday morning at the clinic he's doing for all kids from 9-11 a.m. at the McDowell Activity Center.