Bud Hennebaul is no stranger to wrestling Hall of Fame inductions, having already been inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, as well as the hall’s Georgia chapter.
The Gwinnett County resident will add another plaque to his collection when he is honored by the Amateur Athletics Union by being inducted into its national Wrestling Hall of Fame this summer.
Hennebaul will join the hall’s Class of 2019 during its induction ceremony June 19 between rounds of the AAU’s Scholastic Duals Wrestling Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
“It’s a humbling thing,” Hennebaul said. “But I really think it’s more of a tribute to the Hennebaul family. … The first thing I asked (when contacted by the AAU) was, ‘Why?’”
True, the Hennebaul family, including his late father Walt, had a major impact on AAU wrestling in Pennsylvania from the mid-1960s through the mid-70s, when they moved to Gwinnett County, and Bud became a successful wrestler at Parkview High School.
But Bud Hennebaul’s contributions to the sport — including his career as a wrestler, a coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, a GHSA referee and his participation in numerous amateur wrestling organizations in Georgia and nationally, including serving as president of the Board of Directors for the Georgia chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame — more than qualify him for his latest honor.
“I’m on the board or a member of 19 different wrestling organizations,” Hennebaul said. “I work for the National Wrestling Coaches Association (as director of the Scholastic Leadership Academy), and the AAU supports that.
“My biggest problem is that I can’t say no. I love wrestling, It’s been really good to my family.”