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Michigan Woman First Ever In Wrestling Hall of Fame

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A double pin takes place on two wrestling mats simutaneously during the Wrestling Junior World Championships on August 20, 1999 at the State Sports Centre Homebush in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images, File)

A double pin takes place on two wrestling mats simutaneously during the Wrestling Junior World Championships on August 20, 1999 at the State Sports Centre Homebush in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images, File)

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EAST LANSING (WWJ) – The 79-year-old Joy Davids of Madison Heights will be the first woman to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Davids’ four sons were All-State champs at Hazel Park High more than 30 years ago, her grandson is an All-State champ at Minnesota University and her great-grandson is on his way.

While not an athlete herself, it was Davids’ dedication to the sport that made her an unlikely wrestling star.

“They gave me the simple job of taking the bout cards and posting the results on the wall… I would take Polaroid pictures. We’d make wall cards and we’d also make place cards. So, usually the top four wrestlers would get a card with a Polaroid picture on it and the results of all the matches that went on, and their weights,” Davids said.

“After that I went on to doing all the pairings for the national (contests). And, there they asked me there would I take care of the Junior World Tournament,” she said.

Davids, along with her husband, will be inducted this Sunday at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

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