Never tipping the scales at more than 127 pounds, Vernon ?Hap? Whitney was the first high school wrestler to win four state championships. His wrestling prowess took him to Purdue University where, at 130 pounds, he won the 1955 National AAU Championship and a Big 10 wrestling title. Taking over as head coach of Missouri in 1964, Whitney led the Tigers to a number of ?firsts?, including the first and only undefeated wrestling team in Mizzou?s history. ?Hap? is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Missouri Wrestling Hall of Fame and the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.