Ted Kara

According to the Moscow Idahonian, Ted Kara was “the outstanding college fighter ever to toss leather on the West Coast.” Before coming to Idaho, Kara captained the 1936 U.S. Olympic boxing team. At Idaho, Kara became the first athlete in NCAA history to win three national championships. He took the 1939 crown at 127 pounds then moved down to 120, allowing his brother, Frank, to compete at 127 pounds. In 1941, Ted and Frank became the first set of brothers to win NCAA titles at the same tournament. With Kara leading the way, the Idaho boxers won back-to-back NCAA team titles in 1940 and 1941, as well as a 1940 Pacific Coast Conference title. Kara also earned a letter playing one year of baseball for the Vandals in 1941.