RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame recently announced its 2019 annual award winners, who will be honored with the seven “Class of 2019” inductees (Alan Branch, Jimmy Collins, Rob Evans, Holly Holm, Nick Pino, Danny Romero and Carolyn Thompson) at the 47th annual induction banquet on April 5 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The trio of award winners, who have made a huge impact on the sports world in New Mexico for many years, are Bernard “Gig” Brummell, Fred Hultberg and Rio Rancho resident Michael Lujan.
According to the NMSHOF, Lujan, 68, has been a wrestling coach since 1972 and a teacher since 1974 in Santa Fe, where he made a huge impact on the youth there. He was the founder and CEO of the Santa Fe Junior Wrestling Program (1975-2007) and since 1995 has served as the New Mexico district’s AAU wrestling sports director. Since 2007, he has been instrumental in raising funds for New Mexico Highlands University’s wrestling program.
“Be careful: Mike likes to talk,” cautioned one of Lujan’s friends, knowing the Observer was going to interview him.