Paul Holdren, ‘74
Paul Holden achieved all-MIAA distinction in 1974, wrestling his way to the league championship in the 158-pound weight class.
His career took off after suffering five losses in the last two weeks of his first year as he ripped off 38 victories in his final three seasons. He was 6-0 until an injury derailed his junior year and he went on to achieve a 17-0 record as a senior. He held 11 school records upon graduation.
Paul jumped into teaching after graduation, but took a break to work on a master’s degree in divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. Paul pastored churches in Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia from 1985-92, but has since returned to the teaching profession, currently teaching biology in the Genesee Intermediate School District.
Paul remained active in wrestling as coach of high school teams at Flint Northwestern from 1975-81 and Burtin-Bendle from 1996-97 and he launched the program at Mott Community College in 2002.
Paul resides in Holly with his wife, Karen. They are the parents of Anna, Joshua, Alyssa, Jarret, Andrea, John, Keith, and Amanda.