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Ken Smudrick
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2006 Individual Award Winner


When the wrestling program began at Centralia High School under Coach Dick Carpenter, Ken was there to answer the call for the inaugural season of 1967-68. He served as tri-captain along with Loren Garrish and Rockie Currie the first three years of the program. 

Nicknamed “The Bull”, Smudrick accumulated a three-year career record of 64-14-2 at the 175 pound weight class. His desire and aggressiveness was an inspiration to the Orphans. In his Senior year, he was a state qualifier and had a season record of 32-2. Twenty-nine of those wins were by pin and 22 of those were in the first period. 

He held two national records as cited in the National Scholastic Wrestling Newsletter. Those were: One for fastest pin by weight class (11 seconds), and the most pins in a season by an individual (29).

Ken played fullback and linebacker on the undefeated 1969 CHS football team which was inducted into the Centralia Sports Hall of Fame in 1989. 

After high school, he attended Illinois State University on a football scholarship



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