Laron Hansen Athlete Profile

Laron Hansen

Laron Hansen
Hall of Fame: 1986

  • 1986 Football



1986 Hall of Fame Inductee

 

One of the Western Athletic Conference's most successful wrestlers has become one of Idaho's most outstanding high school wrestling coaches-former BYU wrestler Laron Hansen

Hansen was a four-year letterman as he grappled for the "Y" from 1971-75, while obtaining his bachelor's degree in education. He was named the WAC's Outstanding Wrestler, and placed 5th and 3rd in the NCAA tournaments in his last two years with the team. A two-time All-American, he was part of BYU's success as the team placed 4th in the NCAA during his senior year-the highest ranking BYU has ever achieved in its wrestling history.

The name of Hansen was well known in wrestling circles during the 1970s; Laron was one of four brothers who wrestled for BYU all at the same time, taking up four of only ten available spots on the team.

Coming from Tetonia, Idaho, Laron can attribute much of his success at wrestling to the chores he was required to do around the family farm and the efforts he exerted in getting out of them. He claims he used to wrestle with his older brother, Mike, to see which one would have to do the chores. He attributes his strong grip that held opponents against their will to years of milking cows.

A quick review of the newspapers of the early 1970s reveals a great deal of respect and admiration for this star athlete. He was described with words such as "ace", "sterling great," and "an instant mat favorite at any meet."

After BYU, Hansen taught in Blackfoot, Idaho and was named the Idaho Wrestling Coach of the Year and served as president of the Idaho Coaches Association. Always modest, never self-assuming, Hansen shrugs off compliments by saying, "Anyone can be a winner if he can put forth the extra effort."