Christopher Mark "Chris" Bono

Student-Athlete
Inducted 2004

Christopher Bono is the first wrestler and the third student-athlete to be inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He has been an ambassador for Florida wrestling at the high school, collegiate and international levels.

Bono was a three-time FHSAA wrestling champion for The Bolles School in Jacksonville, and placed fourth in his seventh-grade and freshman years. He posted an overall record of 181-12 throughout his varsity wrestling career, and was the captain of the 1992 Class 2A state championship team. Bono had success in freestyle competition as well, becoming a Cadet National Runner-Up and a Junior All-American. He earned All-State honors in 1990 and 1991 in football for Bolles and was a starter on the 1990 Class 2A state championship team. Bono also played baseball, and was selected as the best all-around multi-sport athlete upon his graduation.

Bono's success continued in college at Iowa State University, where he won the 1996 NCAA 150-pound title and was a three-time All-American. He was the NCAA runner-up in the 150-pound bracket in 1997, and his 130 career wins ranked him fifth on the school’s all-time victory chart. Now the assistant head coach at Iowa State, Bono is still active as a competitor, finishing as the runner-up in his weight class at the 2004 U.S. Senior Nationals to clinch a qualifying spot for the 2004 Olympic Team Trials in Indianapolis in May. He won a bronze medal at the Pan American Championships in 2002 and placed third at the U.S. Freestyle National Championships. Bono is a two-time World Team Trials champion and was a 2002 U.S. World Team member.