Reed Fehlberg Athlete Profile

Reed Fehlberg

Reed Fehlberg
Hall of Fame: 1994

1994 Hall of Fame Inductee

 

When Reed Fehlberg came to BYU from Worland, Wyoming, in 1969, the only instrument he played was a French horn. When he left a few years later, Reed had become proficient on many instruments, along the way earning both his bachelor's and master's degrees in music. He had also become an All-American wrestler!

Now he joins his brother, Rondo (a 1987 inductee), as one of the few family combinations in the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame. Reed was among those responsible for BYU's fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 1973, the highest finish by a BYU wrestling team in school history. BYU finished ahead of perennial powers Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Iowa.

At that tournament held in Seattle, Washington, Reed finished as runner-up to Navy's Dan Muthler at 142 pounds, losing 9-4. On his way to the final, Reed pinned three of his four opponents; his second place national finish was the highest ever by a BYU wrestler

 

Earlier that year Reed had finished third at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in Salt Lake City. However, at the NCAA Tournament, Reed was left standing higher than WAC champion Tim Williams of Colorado State, who finished fifth, and defending NCAA champion Tom Milkovich of Michigan State, whom Reed had pinned. Reed never won an individual WAC crown, but he helped BYU win four consecutive WAC team titles.

The Fehlberg brothers, Wayne, Rondo, Reed, and Paul, greatly contributed to the success of BYU wrestling under Coach Fred Davis. When Reed came to BYU in 1969, his brother Wayne was wrestling for the Cougars in the NCAA Championships in Provo.

After serving a two-year mission to Rome, Italy, Reed carried his winning ways to the Emery High School Marching Band. Under his direction the band took first place in the Calgary Stampede and the King Kamehameha parades. A former emergency medical technician, Reed has alos been active in politics, Boy Scouts, 4-H, and volleyball. In 1980 he was selected State 2A Wrestling Coach of the Year.