Former Wolverine Wrestler King Passes Away

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Former University of Michigan wrestler Steve King passed away Sunday morning (April 4) of an apparent heart attack at his home in Forest Lake, Minn. King, who competed at Michigan from 1993-94, was 32 years old.

King spent two seasons at Michigan after transferring from Notre Dame when the Fighting Irish dropped their wrestling program in 1992. As a junior, he earned All-America honors at heavyweight after collecting a seventh-place finish at the 1993 NCAA Championships. In his collegiate career, King was a four-time NCAA qualifier and compiled a 98-45-5 career record.

After graduating from Michigan with a degree in sports management in 1994, King continued to compete in Greco-Roman wrestling at the international level. At the time of his death, King was an assistant coach at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, Minn.

"We were all shocked to hear about the passing of Steve," said current U-M athletics administrator and former head coach Dale Bahr. "He was a part of the U-M wrestling tradition and heritage, and it hurts to lose a member of that family. We will miss him terribly, and our thoughts and prayers go to his family."

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