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Associated Press, Published January 22 2013

Former Bison Backlund selected to WWE Hall of Fame

FARGO – Former North Dakota State NCAA champion wrestler Bob Backlund has been selected for induction into the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame, the organization announced Monday evening.

The two-time WWE champion and sports entertainment icon was announced as the second inductee for the Hall’s 2013 class, joining Mick Foley as the WWE legends for enshrinement on Apr. 6, 2013.

The Princeton, Minn., native achieved the highest honors in both amateur and professional wrestling over a storied, decades-long career, earning collegiate All-American honors at North Dakota State University as well as an NCAA championship at 190 pounds. He was also an all-conference football player before turning professional and pursuing a career in WWE.