Wade A. Hughes was a four-year wrestling letterwinner at GW from 1981 through '85 for coach Jim Rota, himself a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. Not only does Hughes have the most victories (182) vs. only 17 losses in George Washington's 20-year wrestling history and his record as a senior was a spectacular 57-4.
Throughout his Colonials career, Hughes won 20 individual tournament titles, including two NCAA regional crowns, and he finished third in the 126-pound weight class at the 1985 NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. His only loss was to a 1984 Olympic silver medalist (Barry Davis of Iowa) in the tournament semifinals. In addition, he was selected for the prestigious East-West All-Star Meet in '85 and won his 130-pound match in that event held at Logan, Utah.
Following his GW years, Hughes trained with United States national team for two years as an assistant coach at Northern Michigan University and represented the U.S. in several international tournaments. Upon returning home to the D.C. area, he started his own business, but remained involved with wrestling. He was assistant coach at Howard University for 11 years ('89-2000) and then served as head coach of the Bison for two seasons (2001 and '02).
Hughes, who earned a bachelor's degree in Economics, was named GW Athletics' Outstanding Men's Senior Athlete in 1985. He has been president of his own computer firm, Innovative Technical Solutions Inc. (ITSI). A Washington native and a 1981 graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School, he now lives in Silver Spring, Md., and has one son, Chandler.