Record-Setting Wrestler was an 'Artist at Heart'

Leading up to the Friday, October 26 CMU Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, members of the Class of 2012 will be periodically featured with an article on Friday evening's event is free of charge and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. in McGuirk Arena.

Carleton Kinkade was intense and aggressive on the wrestling mat, but off it he was a very quiet individual.

"He was a real 'hammer,'" former coach Chick Sherwood said.  "He didn't always go into a match knowing what moves he would use, but he went in knowing he was going to pin you."

Kinkade won a pair of Mid-American Conference titles during his Central Michigan University career and brought home All-America honors in 1988 with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

"He was a coach's delight," Sherwood said.  "He had a phenomenal attitude and that made coaching him easy.  He enjoyed wrestling as much as any athlete I've coached, and everyone around him fed off that."

But as aggressive as he was on the mat, he was just as quiet away from the wrestling room. Carleton immersed himself in art as an aspiring painter.

"I remember the first time he came to campus, he checked in at my office and was wearing a pink shoe on one foot and a powder blue one on the other," Sherwood said.  "I just let it go, he was an artist at heart."

Kinkade won MAC titles in two different weight classes, 177 pounds in 1987 and 190 pounds in 1988.  Twice he helped lead the Chippewas to MAC team titles.

He finished his career with a 127-46-1 record with 64 pins.  The 64 pins set a school record and still rank second today.  He had 24 pins as a senior and 18 as a junior, which both set single-season records and still rank No. 2 and No. 3 in the record book.

Kinkade went 40-11 as a senior while earning team MVP and All-America honors.  The 40 victories are the second-most ever recorded by a Chippewa while his 37 wins as a junior are currently tied for sixth.  He tallied 20 consecutive victories in 1988, which tied a school record and currently rank second.

A native of Union Lake, Mich., Carleton currently resides in Lahaina, Hawaii with his wife, Carrie, and children, Carleton and Liberty.  He is a professional, award-winning artist.

For his efforts on the mat, Kinkade will be inducted into the CMU Marcy Weston Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 26, in a ceremony at McGuirk Arena. The event is free and open to the public beginning at 7 p.m.

In addition, the induction class will be recognized at halftime of the CMU-Akron football game on Saturday, Oct. 27. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

Also being honored as part of the CMU Marcy Weston Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012 are Allison Campbell (women's soccer; 2000-01), Craig Fuller (cross country/track and field; 1982-2008), Hope Robertshaw (softball, 1998-2001), David Webber (men's basketball; 1999-2002) and Kevin Young (baseball; 1992-94).

Don Helinski is a Hall of Fame committee member and former CMU Sports Information Director.


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