SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME
2013 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
A graduate of Washington High School and Penn State University. He is considered one of the top pure athletes ever to come from Washington High School. He combined speed, strength and agility to letter in three sports, football, wrestling and track. In 1995 and 1996, he won WPIAL, Southwest Region, and PIAA titles. He compiled a 118-13 record. In 1995, he won PIAA titles in the 100 and 200 meter sprints and was the PIAA silver medalist for the 100 and 200 meter sprints in 1996. In football, he rushed for 3,245 yards and 46 touchdowns during his career at Washington. He was named third-team All-State as sophomore and first-team his junior and senior years. Also played in the 1996 Big 33 Classic. At Penn State, he was a four-year letterman on the football team. In 2001, he was a free agent with the Miami Dolphins
A graduate of North Allegheny High School and Northwestern University. At North Allegheny, he was a three-time WPIAL Class AAA champion, two-time PowerAde Tournament champ, and four-time PIAA place-winner. He won a PIAA title in 2003 at 171 pounds and finished his high school career with a 138-18 record. At Northwestern, he was a four-time NCAA Division I All-American and two-time champion. He also won three Big Ten Conference titles and finished with a 149-4 record, which ranks fifth in NCAA history. At the international level, he was a World Silver Medalist, Pan-American Champion, USA Freestyle Wrestler of the Year, Dave Shultz Memorial Champion, New York Athletic Club International Champion, and Hargobind International Champion. He also wrestled in the 2012 London Olympics.
A graduate of Greensburg Salem High School and the University of West Virginia. In high school, he was a three-time WPIAL Class AAA finalist and two-time champion who posted a 139-28 record. He was also a three-time PIAA place-winner and champ in 2000. At West Virginia, he became one of only 20 wrestlers in NCAA history to win national titles at two different weight classes. He won at a national title as a 174-pounds freshman, and then won two more titles as a junior and senior at 184 pounds. He was a four-time Eastern Wrestling League champion and is WVU’s all-time leader with a 126-4 record. He is the only West Virginia wrestler to post an undefeated season, doing it twice - 2004 (26-0) and 2005 (25-0). Jones appeared in the NWCA All-Star Classic three times, winning each match. In 2010, Jones was inducted into the EWL and Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic Hall of Fames. Currently in his eighth year as associate head coach at West Virginia.
A graduate of Canon-McMillan High School and the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a B.S. in Communications degree. A nine-time letter winner at Cannon-McMillan in three sports: football, wrestling and baseball. Won a WPIAL and PIAA titles at 165 pounds in 1972. Also won a PIAA title at 167 pounds in 1973. Compiled an 81-5 record in high school for a remarkable winning percentage of .942, and was a High School All-American as a senior. In football, he was Western Conference MVP, All-WPIAL, and Honorable Mention All-State as a quarterback. At Pitt, he played quarterback and defensive back and was a two-year letterman. He was also a threeyear letterman in wrestling at Pitt, qualifying for the NCAA Division I Tournament twice. He also made the Pitt baseball team, but an injury kept him from lettering.
2012 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
RICH BOGGS – Graduate of Avonworth High School and Penn State University with a Bachelors Degree in Health & Physical Education and a Masters equivalency in Education. In 1963, after two years as an assistant coach, Boggs became the head wrestling coach at Kittanning High School. In 23 years, his teams had only one losing season and amassed a 205-98-3 record. His teams won eight section tournaments and produced 68 section champions, four regional champions, 18 PIAA qualifiers, and two PIAA runner-ups. He was inducted into the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
TIM GIEL – A 1976 Shaler High School graduate who attained a Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 and 1985. Giel was a two-time section champion and one-time WPIAL runner-up (1976) for coach Bob Siar at Shaler. He also wrestled at Pitt. Began his coaching career at Shady Side Academy. The Indians competed in the Interstate Prep School League for 12 years and he had 4 national champions. In 1994, Shady Side joined the WPIAL. Since then the Indians have had nine PIAA champions and 25 WPIAL champions. Shady Side won a WPIAL team title in 2001 and finished second twice in the PIAA finals. Giel is currently the Athletic Director and head wrestling coach at Avonworth. He has a 308-201-career record, which ranks him No. 11 on the WPIAL coaches list.
JARROD KING – A 2004 graduate of Connellsville High School and a 2010 graduate of Edinboro University. He compiled a 160-17 record at Connellsville while capturing four section titles and three WPIAL class AAA titles. He was a three-time PIAA class AAA finalist and two-time champion. He competed in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic for the Pennsylvania All-Stars in 2004. Began his career at Oklahoma University and later transferred to Edinboro. During his career at Edinboro, King compiled a 103-16 record and captured three Eastern Wrestling League titles. The highlight of his career was the 165-pound NCAA Division I title he won in 2009. He placed third in the country in 2010. King also excelled in the classroom as a three-time member of the NWCA All-Academic Team.
SCOTT LOGAN – Graduate of North Huntingdon High School in 1957 and Clarion University in 1962. He also received a Masters Degree from Bucknell University and principal’s certificate from West Virginia University. Was part of a group of wrestling enthusiasts who reinstated the sport at Clarion University in 1959 after the program had been dropped for 10 years. Was an assistant coach for 14 years at Lewisburg and Southmoreland High Schools, then a head coach at Southmoreland for one year. He officiated wrestling, both high school and college, for 20 years (1971-91), doing numerous sectionals, districts, regional's, as well as open and individual tournaments. Was chosen to officiate the PIAA Tournament eight times. Officiated the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic 15 years. Also served on WPIAL Junior Board of Control.
2011 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
KEITH NELLIS – As a 1973 graduate of Shaler High School, he won a Section, WPIAL and PIAA titles, after placing second in the section the two previous years. He continued wrestling at the University of Pittsburgh, but a severe knee injury ended his freshman season. During his comeback he reinjured the same knee ending his college wrestling ambitions. He owns Pittsburgh Trophy Company and has been a sponsor of the Wrestling Classic and other wrestling events for more than 15 years. He is an Executive Board member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, PA Chapter.
KURT BRENNER– A 2004 graduate of Freedom High School and a 2009 graduate of West Virginia University. He was a four-year starter and three-year captain at Freedom, where he set a school mark with his 151-13 career record. A three-time WPIAL, Southwest Region, and PIAA champion. Also a runner-up at NHSCA Senior Nationals. A four-year starter and two-year captain at West Virginia University, where he compiled a 95-32 record. He was a four-time national qualifier and three-time EWL Champion. He also competed in freestyle and Greco-Roman and was a seven time All-American, four-time finalist, and two-time national champion.
COLEMAN SCOTT – A 2004 graduate of Waynesburg High School and a 2008 graduate of Oklahoma State University. He was a four year starter at Waynesburg, where he compiled a 156-12 record. During his high school career, Scott won three PIAA titles, four WPIAL titles, three Powerade Tournament titles, and a Beast of the East Tournament title. Posted a 43-0 record his senior year. A four-year starter at Oklahoma State, where he finished with a 117-22 record. Placed eighth in the country as a freshman, followed by a fifth-place finish as a sophomore, and earned runner-up status as a junior. As a senior, he reached the pinnacle of collegiate wrestling by pinning Iowa’s Joe Slaton in 49 seconds to capture the 133-pound NCAA title. Finished his senior season with a 33-4 record.
STEVEN SNYDER – A 1970 graduate of Claysburg- Kimmel High School, then obtained undergraduate and masters degrees from Slippery Rock State College (1979) and Westminster College (1981). After developing a passion for wrestling in high school and college, he became a wrestling official in 1995. Has been secretary/ treasurer of the Pittsburgh Wrestling Officials Chapter since 1993. He has officiated more than 500 dual meets and 150 tournaments. He has served as an official at 20 WPIAL tournaments, four PIAA championships, and four National High School Tournaments. He has also been a teacher in the Grove City School District for 35 years.
2010 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
HERB DODD – A 1958 graduate of Shaler High School. A 1962 graduate of Waynesburg College. He was a four-year starter at Shaler and won two section titles and placed second in the WPIAL once. In college, he lettered in baseball, wrestling, and tennis. In 1963, he started teaching at North Hills and became the head wrestling coach. During his ten years as coach, Dodd started pee-wee, Junior Olympic, and junior high teams at North Hills. In 1973, he retired from coaching to become a wrestling official. He officiated for 28 years and was chosen for the PIAA Tournament twice. After retiring in 2001, he served as a referee evaluator for the WPIAL for four years.
DALE MURDOCK – A 1968 graduate of Waynesburg High School. A 1972 graduate of Clarion University. In high school, he was a four-time section champion, four-time WPIAL finalist, three-time WPIAL champion, and two-time PIAA semifinalist. In college, he was a three-year starter and two-time NCAA Division I qualifier who compiled a 66-21-2 record. After college, Murdock embarked on a coaching career, which began as an assistant at West Virginia University. In 1974, he became the head coach at Peters Township High School and compiled a 152-183-6 record in 20 seasons. He was President of the WPIAL Wrestling Coaches Association from 1980-86. He has retired from teaching, but still volunteers as a junior high coach at Peters Township.
RONALD FRANK– A 1970 graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School. A 1973 graduate of Indiana University of Pa. Began coaching career in 1974. Was hired as head coach at Central Catholic in 1978, but returned to Fox Chapel the following year as its head coach. In 29 seasons at Fox Chapel, Frank has a 325-235-7 record, which ranks eighth in WPIAL history. He is a founding member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame selection committee, and has served as President for the last eight years. He has also served as President of the WPIAL Coaches Association and a member of the PIAA Wrestling Coaches Association Executive Board since 2005.
NICK PETRONKA – A 1954 graduate of Washington High School. A 1959 graduate of the University of Indiana in Bloomington. In high school, he compiled a 73-3 record and was a three-time WPIAL finalist, two-time WPIAL champion, and two-time PIAA champion. In college, he went undefeated in dual meet competition and lost only five matches in tournaments. In 1958, he was a Big Ten Conference runner-up and fourth-place finisher in the NCAA. In 1960, he competed in the Olympic Team Trials. After college, he coached at McGuffey for two stints, a total of six years. He was also a PIAA-registered official for 35 years. In 1995, he was inducted into the Washington-Greene County Hall of Fame. He has retired from teaching.
2009 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
JOHN CHATMAN – A 1970 graduate of Trinity High School who was an accomplished wrestler and football player. Continued his athletic career in both sports at the University of Pittsburgh. In high school he had a 74-1 record and recorded 47 pins. A two-time PIAA and three-time section and WPIAL champion. Also a two-time Amateur Wrestling News All-American in high school. Rushed for 1,469 yards in nine games during his senior year and played in the Big 33 Game. At Pitt, was a three-time Eastern Wrestling League champ and two-time NCAA Division I qualifier. Works for General Electric Glass in Bridgeville. Inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Washington County Chapter.
DR. STANLEY T. DUBELLE – A 1950 graduate of Washington High School where he competed in wrestling, football, and baseball. A 1954 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College. Was a WPIAL runner-up in 1950, and a Middle Atlantic Conference runner-up in 1954. Coached at Trinity High School from 1957 to 1967 and accumulated a 108-28-1 record. In nine years, he coached 33 section champions, 17 WPIAL champs, and seven PIAA champs. His teams won three section titles and a WPIAL title in 1966. Has served as a teacher and administrator for 31 years. Has authored four books on educational psychology. Inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Washington County Chapter.
ROBERT J. FISCHER– A graduate of North Allegheny High School and Slippery Rock State College. Served as head wrestling coach at Grove City High School. Began his officiating career in 1970. In 17 years of officiating, he worked section, district and region tournaments in the WPIAL and District 10. Refereed the PIAA Tournament seven times. At the collegiate level, has refereed PSAC Championships, EWL Championships, four NCAA Qualifiers, and two NCAA Division 1 Championships. Was past President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of PIAA Officials and was founder and first President of the Eastern Wrestling Officials Association. Has worked in the education field since graduating from college and is currently employed by St. Vincent College.
BRIAN KAPUSTA – A 1990 graduate of Greensburg Salem High School. A 1994 graduate of North Dakota State University. Was a two-time WPIAL and PIAA champion at Greensburg Salem. Compiled a 103-19 career record in high school. Wrestled in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic and recorded a victory for the Pennsylvania team. At North Dakota State, was a four-time North Central Conference champion and three-time NCAA Division II champion. Compiled a 117-9 record in college. Finished second in the Pan-American Championships in freestyle. Coached varsity wrestling at Ligonier Valley, Greensburg Central Catholic, and Norwin.
2008 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Brian Burrows - A 1997 graduate of Hempfield High School. Compiled a 143-13 record as a four-year starter for the Spartans, and was unbeaten in his final two seasons. Was a three-time section champion, two-time WPIAL Class AAA champion, two-time Southwest Regional champion, and two-time PIAA champion. Also a three-time Powerade Tournament champion and awarded Outstanding Wrestler. Participated in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic for the Pennsylvania All-Stars in 1997. Was a two-time USA Wrestling Junior National Freestyle champion. Wrestled at Oklahoma State University. Placed second at the Espoir Freestyle Nationals, and third at the University Freestyle Nationals in 1998. Now serves as a part-time instructor at the Gracie Ju-Jitsu of Tampa, FL, where he teaches and trains Ultimate Fighting Championship participants.
Bill Cramp - A 1951 graduate of Shaler High School and a 1955 graduate of Penn State University. Was a member of Shaler's first wrestling squad. A two-year letterman at Penn State who was a member of the Nittany Lions 1953 national championship team. Was a scholastic and collegiate official for 26 years. A member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Officials Association and its Vice-President for three years. President of the Eastern Wrestling League at its inception. A co-founder of the NCAA Wrestling Officials Association. Refereed 11 consecutive NCAA Division I Championships. Refereed the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic for three years. Officiated at Pennsylvania and Florida High School Championships. Also served as regional rules interpreter for the NCAA and PIAA.
Vince DeAugustine - A 1997 graduate of Hempfield High School and a 2002 graduate of St. Vincent College. Compiled a 135-18 career record as a four-year starter for the Spartans. A three-time Section 1-AAA Champion, three-time Westmoreland County Champion, and a three-time WPIAL Champion. Was a 1994 PIAA Class AAA runner-up as a freshman at 145 pounds. Went on to win back-to-back PIAA titles at 160 pounds in 1996 and 1997. Participated in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic for the Pennsylvania All-Stars in 1997. Wrestled at the University of Buffalo for one year and was a 1998 NCAA Division I qualifier. Transferred to St. Vincent College, becoming the school's first baseball All-American in its 120-year history. Has been head coach at Hempfield for three years, compiling a 69-7 record. Has coached 12 PIAA qualifiers, including 10 place winners, and two champions.
Troy Letters - A 2001 graduate of Shaler High School and a 2005 graduate of Lehigh University. Compiled a 145-5 record as a four-year starter for the Titans. One of only 16 wrestlers in WPIAL history to win four WPIAL titles. Was a three-time PIAA Class AAA finalist and two-time champion. Participated in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic for the Pennsylvania All-Stars in 2001. Compiled a 115-7 record at Lehigh University. Won three Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association titles, and was a three-time NCAA Division I place winner at 165 pounds. Placed second in the country in 2003, won a national title in 2004, and placed third in 2005. Was also a team captain for three years.
2007 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
DAVE ADAMS - A 1953 graduate of Bellefonte High School and a 1957 graduate of Penn State University. Compiled a 67-4 record with 35 falls in high school. Was the first wrestler in Bellefonte and PIAA District 6 history to win two PIAA titles. Also won four District 6 titles and three regional titles. At Penn State, he placed second in the NCAA Division I Tournament in 1956 at 147 pounds. He also won an EIWA title at the same weight in 1957. His coaching career began in 1957 with two stints at Penn State as an assistant that covered six years. He also coached three years with the U.S. Naval Academy and one year at Boiling Springs High School, before taking over as head coach at the University of Pittsburgh in 1967. Coached 12 years at Pitt and ranks third in school history with a 98-64-1 record. Served as Secretary of the NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee from 1970-1989.
BRUCE CLOSSON - A 1968 graduate of Penn Hills High School who was a three-sport athlete. Was a member of the varsity track & field team three years, and two years with the football and wrestling teams. Attended Salem College in West Virginia, but the school did not have a wrestling program. Began coaching with the Plum Junior Wrestling team in 1979 and ran the program for 10 years. Developed a web site devoted to amateur wrestling, specializing in scholastic and collegiate wrestling coverage in 1995. WrestlingReport.com is considered one of the five best wrestling web sites in the country. The web site was name National Web Site of the Year by the National Wrestling Media Association in 2005. He has also developed web sites for WPIALwrestling, Eastern Wrestling League, Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, Powerade Wrestling Tournament, and Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic.
EDWARD DRISCOLL - A 1960 graduate of North Catholic High School, a 1968 graduate of Southern Illinois University, and 1974 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Began teaching at Quigley High School in 1969 and became Athletic Director the following year. Was one of the founding members of Quigley's football program, then started its wrestling program. He compiled a 257-244-1 record in 34 seasons at Quigley, and had 23 section champions, 12 Southwest Region placewinners, 19 PIAA qualifiers, and 5 PIAA placewinners. He also had more than 300 wins as Quigley's baseball coach. Driscoll retired after 36 years as Athletic Director. Returned to coaching at Freedom this season. He was named Baden Knights of Columbus Man of the Year in 1985. He was inducted in to the Beaver County Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Midwestern Athletic Conference Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002.
ANGELO "BUTCH" MARINO - A 1975 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School and 1979 graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Compiled a 78-2 record in three years at Canon-McMillan. A three-time WPIAL champion (1973-75) and two-time PIAA champion (1974-75). Wrestled in the first Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic in 1975. Named High School All-American Honorable Mention by Amateur Wrestling News in 1975. At Indiana, he was a three-time Big 10 Conference champion and qualified for the NCAA Division I Tournament three times. Marino has been coaching at Trinity High School for 23 years, including two as a head coach. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame in Hershey two weeks ago.
KEVIN SANIGA - A 1993 graduate of Connellsville High School and a 1998 graduate of Edinboro University. Compiled a 139-13-2 record in four years at Connellsville. Was a three-time WPIAL Class AAA champion (1991-93) and a two-time PIAA champ (1991, 1993). Won a Wrestling USA Cadet National Freestyle title in 1990. Also won a National High School title in 1993. Named Asics High School All-American, first team at 119 pounds, in 1993. Chosen to wrestle in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic in 1993. Ranks 11th in Edinboro history with a 129-38 career record. Placed second in the Eastern Wrestling League in 1998 at 126 pounds. Qualified for the Olympic Trials in 1996. Was a graduate assistant at Ohio University in 1999, and was an assistant at West Allegheny from 2000-05.
2006 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
VERTUS JONES - A 1995 graduate of Greensburg Salem High School and 2001 graduate of West Virginia University. Compiled a 146-12-1 record in four years at Greensburg Salem. A four-time Section 1-AAA champion, four-time Westmoreland County champion, and two-time WPIAL champion (1994-1995). Placed fourth and third in the PIAA Tournament, then won a state title at 171 pounds. Also wrestled in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic in 1995. Compiled a 95-21 record at West Virginia University. Won four Eastern Wrestling League titles. A three-time NCAA Division I placewinner, who finished second in 1998 and 2000 and third in 1999. Wrestled in the NWCA All-Star Classic in 1999. NCAA Sportsperson of the Year finalist in 2000. Currently serving as assistant wrestling coach at North Hills High School. Also served on the coaching staff at West Virginia University.
JAY ROBISON - A 1993 graduate of Hampton High School. Obtained college degrees at Edinboro University in 1998 and University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Compiled a 120-13-1 record at Hampton. A three-time WPIAL Class AAA finalist who won titles in 1992 and 1993. A three-time PIAA placewinner, who placed second in 1992 and first in 1993. Compiled a 145-20 record at Edinboro University. Set school records for career wins, career pins (40), single-season wins (45), and single-season pins (19). A three-time NCAA Division I All-American who placed second at 190 pounds in 1998. Began his coaching career at University of Pittsburgh as graduate assistant. Served as an assistant coach at Brown University for one year and three years at Clarion University. Hired as head coach at Washington & Jefferson in 2005. Inducted into Hampton High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
JAMES W. STERNER - A 1962 graduate of Penn Hills High School and 1966 graduate of Fairmont State College. Was a member of the first team at Penn Hills. Also wrestled two years at Fairmont State. Joined the Penn Hills coaching staff as an assistant in 1966 and held that position until 1970. Became a PIAA wrestling official in 1968 and worked at the scholastic and collegiate level until retiring in 2005. His college career includes 14 years of officiating at the NCAA Division I Tournament, Virginia Duals, Dallas Duals, Penn State Open, West Virginia Open, and PSAC Tournament. Was chosen to officiate at the East-West College All-Star Meet at the University of Pittsburgh in 1974. Also officiated at numerous PIAA Tournaments, National High School Championships, and Dapper Dan Wrestling Classics.
ROBERT M. WALLER III - A 1998 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School. Obtained college degrees at University of Oklahoma in 2003, and University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005. Compiled a 128-3 record, which included 91 pins, while wrestling at Mount Pleasant. Won WPIAL Class AAA titles in 1997 and 1998. Placed second in the PIAA twice before winning the 160-pound title in 1998. Also wrestled in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic in 1998. Compiled a 103-30 record during his collegiate career at the University of Oklahoma. Placed sixth in the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2002, then won the 174-pound title in 2003. Was also named 1st team Academic All-American once, and 2nd team twice. Began his coaching career in 2004 as head assistant coach at University of Missouri-Columbia. Was hired as head assistant coach at University of Oklahoma in 2005.
SHAWN R. WHYTE - A 1998 graduate of West Greene High School
and 2003 graduate of Waynesburg University. Set a school record with 148 career
victories, while losing only 21 in his four years at West Greene. Won WPIAL
Class AA titles at 112, 119, 119, and 125 pounds from 1995-1998. Won a Southwest
Region title in 1996 and placed second three times. Placed third in the PIAA his
final two seasons. Ranks second in Waynesburg University history in career
victories with his 107-19 career record.
A three-time Midwest Regional Champion, three-time NCAA Division III qualifier, and two-time Division III All-American. His coaching resume includes two years as West Greene's head junior high coach and three years as varsity assistant.
2005 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
MARK CAFFREY - A 1973 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and 1978 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania. Posted an 85-7 record at Immaculate Conception and won three Diocesan titles and one Catholic state championship. Compiled a 36-14 record while starting at Slippery Rock University and California University. Began his coaching career in 1978 at Canon-McMillan as junior high coach and spent five seasons with the Big Macs. Was hired as head varsity coach at McGuffey in 1983. Compiled a 307-62 record in 21 seasons at McGuffey. The Highlanders won six section titles and advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament title match seven consecutive years, winning three times. Coached 20 WPIAL individual champions, 31 PIAA placewinners, and seven PIAA champions. Named Washington County Coach of the Year six times. Inducted into the Washington/Greene County Hall of Fame in 1999.
JAMES W. HORNER - A 1963 graduate of Montour High School. Obtained college degrees at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1967, Duquesne University in 1970 and 1979, and University of Pittsburgh, in 1992. Coached at the varsity level at Churchill (1967-1970) and Bethel Park (1970-73). Began officiating high school matches in 1973, and college matches in 1985, with the Pittsburgh Chapter and was its president for 15 years and vice president for five years. Officiated in more than 675 dual meets and 190 tournaments. Served as an official at 25 WPIAL tournaments, eight PIAA tournaments, 11 National High School Championships, and 17 years at the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic. Has been an educator for 37 years, including 24 as an administrator at South Park High School. Was a member of the WPIAL Board of Control and served as served as Vice President and Secretary.
KRAIG M. NELLIS - A 1979 graduate of Shaler Area High School. Attended Clarion University and obtained a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1983. Compiled a 77-9-1 record at Shaler. Was a two-time WPIAL section champion, two-time WPIAL champion and two-time PIAA place-winner, finishing fourth in 1978 and second in 1979. Placed fourth at the USA Wrestling Junior National Freestyle Tournament in 1978. Named Scholastic Wrestling News All-American in 1979. Compiled a 26-16 record in four years at Clarion. Became a member of the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic Committee in 1988 and has been co-chairman since 1999. Was a member of the Organizing Committee for the World Wrestling Champions All-Star Meets in 1996 and 1997. Developed a youth wrestling program for the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania with proceeds from the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic.
CHUCK TURSKY - A 1975 graduate of Riverview High School and a 1979 graduate of Slippery Rock University. A four-year letterman at Riverview and a four-year letterman at Slippery Rock. Began his coaching career at Burrell High School in 1980. Compiled a 50-66-1 record for the Buccaneers before taking over at Kiski Area in 1987; he has posted a 283-45-1 record in 18 seasons there. Tied for sixth place on the WPIAL all-time victories list with a 333-101-2 career record. The Cavaliers have won 11 consecutive WPIAL section titles and advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament semifinals six of the past eight years, winning titles in 1997 and 2003. Advanced to the PIAA title match in 2003 before losing to Easton. Kiski also won 68 consecutive dual meets during a stretch in the 1990s. Named WPIAL Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2003, and PIAA Coach of the Year in 2003.
FRANK L. VULCANO, JR. - A 1981 graduate of Chartiers-Houston. Obtained a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1985 from California University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in geography and regional planning in 1987. Compiled a 79-17-1 record at Chartiers-Houston, including a 41-1 record as a senior. He also won a WPIAL title and placed third in the PIAA that year. Became a PIAA official in 1982 and has since worked 18 WPIAL tournaments, five PIAA tournaments, three NCAA Tournaments, and nine National High School Championship Tournaments. Tournament Director of the Powerade Christmas Tournament for the past 19 years. Has also been a member of the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic Committee for 10 years, including seven as co-chairman.
2004 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
JOHN ABAJACE - A 1967 graduate of Trinity High School and 1972 graduate of Michigan State University. Was a three-time section champion, three-time WPIAL champion, one-time PIAA champion, and one-time PIAA runner-up at Trinity, where he posted an 80-4-1 record and had 38 pins. Was a Big Ten runner-up and Big Ten champion at Michigan State, where he posted a 30-7-1 record. Was an assistant coach for 3 years at the University of Pittsburgh and 2 years at Trinity, before accepting head coaching position at Chartiers Valley. Returned to Trinity one year later as head coach and held that position for 20 years. Retired with a 284-85-3 career record. Coached 50 section champions, 16 WPIAL champions, 9 PIAA finalists, and 5 PIAA champions. Inducted into Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
DAVE AILES - A graduate of Waynesburg High School and Waynesburg College. Was employed at newspapers in Wheeling, W.V, Salem, Ohio, Waynesburg and Latrobe before joining the Tribune-Review in 1963, first as a news reporter, feature writer and part-time news editor before switching to sports. Was named Sports Editor of the Tribune-Review in Greensburg in 1969 and held that post until his retirement in 1998. Covered the WPIAL Wrestling Tournament when it was a one-day event at Fitzgerald Field House and decades of PIAA tournaments at Penn State's Rec Hall before the event was moved to Hershey. Also covered the Pittsburgh Steelers during the glory years of the 70s, including all four Super Bowls.
DICK BANE - A 1963 graduate of Trinity High School and a 1968 graduate of West Liberty State College. Was a three-year letterman at Trinity. Won four conference titles at West Liberty, was name Outstanding Wrestler twice, and was an NAIA All-American in 1966. Began his coaching career in 1968 as junior high coach at Shaler. In 1969, he was named head varsity coach at Gateway High School, where he remained for 34 years. Compiled a 302-187-6 record at Gateway, which ranks him among the top 14 wrestling coaches in WPIAL history and among the top 50 coaches in Pennsylvania history. He coached 49 individual section champion, 13 WPIAL place-winners, and 6 PIAA place-winners. Was Student Assistance Coordinator at Gateway from 1984-2003 and was nominated for State Teacher of the Year once.
LEE HALL - A 1960 graduate of Hughesville High School and 1965 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Won the PIAA 165-pound title as a senior at Hughesville. Became head coach at Charleroi High School in 1967 and coached until 1984. Returned as coach at Charleroi for two more years and retired with a 142-149-4 career record. Coached 25 section champions and 5 WPIAL champions. Was the Athletic Director at Charleroi from 1984 until 1997. Was a referee in the WPIAL for 23 years. Was also a member of the WPIAL Wrestling Steering Committee for more than ten years.
PHIL MARY - A 1983 graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School and 1988 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania. Won two WPIAL titles in 1981 and 1983 and two PIAA titles in 1981 and 1982 while attending Chartiers-Houston, and compiled a 109-6-1 record. Chosen to wrestle in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic in 1983. Wrestled three years at Clarion University before transferring to California. Began his coaching career in 1988 at Chartiers-Houston, then took over at Peters Township. Coached nine years and compiled a 112-49-1 record. Is now the assistant coach at Canon-McMillan under his brother Chris.
2003 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
MARK ANGLE - A 1995 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School and 2001 graduate of Clarion University in 2001....Compiled a 148-3 record in high school and won four WPIAL titles (1992-95), one PIAA title (1995), and one National High School title (1995)....Compiled a 136-11 record in college and placed in the NCAA Division I Tournament three times: 3rd in 1998, 4th in 1999, and 3rd in 2000....Won two Cadet National Freestyle titles and three Junior National Freestyle titles. Currently head coach at Seneca Valley High School.
JEREMY HUNTER - A 1996 graduate of McGuffey High School and 2001 graduate of Penn State University....Ranks first in the WPIAL and second in the PIAA with a career record of 171-2....Won three WPIAL titles (1994-96) and four PIAA titles (1993-96)....Ranks fifth at Penn State with a 123-17 career record....A three-time NCAA Division I placewinner and one-time champion: 5th in 1998, 2nd in 1999, and 1st in 2000....Ranks third at Penn State with 62 career dual meet wins and third with 29 career pins....Currently an assistant coach at Illinois University.
TEAGUE MOORE - A 1995 graduate of North Allegheny High School and 1999 graduate of Oklahoma State University....Compiled a 140-9-1 record at North Allegheny....Won three WPIAL titles (1993-95)....A three-time PIAA placewinner: 2nd in 1993, 3rd in 1994, and 1st 1995....Ranks 12th in Oklahoma State history with 112 career wins....A three-time NCAA Division I placewinner: 4th in 1997, 1st in 1998, and 3rd in 1999....Three-time Junior National Freestyle champion....Placed 3rd in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials....Placed 2nd in the 2002 World Team Trials and 6th in 2001.
JOSEPH SHOOK - A 1954 graduate of Trinity High School and 1958 graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington....Won two WPIAL titles (1953-54) and two PIAA titles (1953-54)....Began his coaching career in Indiana before returning to Pennsylvania as an assistant at Chartiers-Houston in 1959....Became an assistant at Trinity in 1961 and took over as head coach in 1967....Coached for four seasons at Trinity, then returned to the team in 1975 for another four-year stint....Compiled a 121-19-1 record at Trinity and led the Hillers to four WPIAL titles.
KEN WUNDERLEY - A 1977 graduate of South Allegheny High School and 1981 graduate of Penn State University....Covered amateur wrestling at the scholastic, collegiate, and Olympic level for 19 years....Covered wrestling for the Associated Press, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Press, Washington Observer-Reporter, Tribune Review, Valley News Dispatch, North Hills News Record, and McKeesport Daily News....Compiled a statistical history of WPIAL wrestling in 1994....Named Wrestling USA National Writer of the Year in 1988....Named Pennsylvania Wrestling Writer of the Year in 1991.
2002 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
DAVID H. CLELLAND A 1946 graduate of Waynesburg High School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball....A 1951 graduate of Waynesburg College, where he played football and baseball....Began coaching career at Waynesburg High and posted a 50-8 record in 4 seasons and led team to WPIAL titles in 1957 and 1959. Moved to Greenville in 1959 and coached 14 seasons posting a 171-14-1 record....Coached 10 PIAA finalists, 5 PIAA champions, 20 regional, 60 district champions, and coached eight undefeated teams....Inducted into Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1976.
FRANK BONIFIELD A 1924 graduate of Ohio's Athens High School....A 1928 graduate of Ohio University....Began teaching and coaching at Carmichaels High School and started the wrestling program....In 1945, moved to Waynesburg High School and coached wrestling, football, and baseball....In 10 seasons as wrestling coach at Waynesburg, his teams compiled an 83-57-4 record....The Raiders won the WPIAL team title in 1946 and finished second five times....His best record came in 1950, when the squad finished 11-2-1....Coached 13 WPIAL individual champions and 6 PIAA champions....Inducted into Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1979.
ERNEST CLOSSER JR. A 1941 Waynesburg High School graduate who wrestled in high school and in college....Attended Waynesburg College for one year, then completed his education at Penn State University in 1948 after serving in the military. Was Penn State's captain his senior year....Coached 13 seasons at Waynesburg High School and compiled an impressive 136-37 record, after four years as an assistant coach. The record included 48 consecutive dual meet wins....Led Waynesburg to six WPIAL team titles, including five in a row from 1960 to 1964....Inducted into Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1975.
SYLVESTER TERKAY A Canon-McMillan graduate who posted a 21-2 record and came within one win of a PIAA berth as 185-pound senior, despite a serious knee injury....A North Carolina State graduate who placed three times in the NCAA Division I Tournament and won four Atlantic Coast Conference titles. He placed third at heavyweight as a sophomore, second as a junior, and first as a senior....Compiled a school record 122-14 career record at North Carolina State. Also owns school record for career pins with 64.
CREED S. WESTFALL A graduate of St. Vincent College where he lettered in football and basketball....Taught and coached in West Virginia for 10 years before coming to Latrobe High School....Introduced the sport of wrestling at Latrobe and coached from 1951 to 1971. He compiled a 162-79 record, which included a streak of 50 consecutive wins from 1955-59....Latrobe had 6 wrestlers win WPIAL individual titles during his career....His teams also won 61 invividual and 8 team titles at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Tournament....Inducted into Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1974.
2001 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
FRED A. AMBROSE - A graduate of Dormont High School, Slippery Rock State College and University of Pittsburgh....Coordinator of wrestling for Pittsburgh City League and rules interpreter from 1989 to 2001....PIAA and NCAA official for 34 years, from 1967 to present....PIAA rules interpreter from 1976 to present....NCAA rules interpreter from 1990 to present....Currenly ranked No. 3 in the country among NCAA Division I officials....Member of Sports Legends of Pittsburgh Hall of Fame, National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame, and National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
THOMAS P. HARBERT - A graduate of Wilkinsburg High School, Shippensburg University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania....Head wrestling coach at Latrobe High School for 20 years and compiled a 202-87-5 record....Was named WPIAL Class AAA Coach of the Year in 1985....Head wrestling coach at St. Vincent College for eight years....Cross country coach at St. Vincent for 29 years and men's lacrosse coach for 12 years and women's coach for three years....Thirty years as a PIAA wrestling official.
ROBERT J. KOPNISKY - A graduate of Shaler High School and University of Maryland....Won PIAA title in 1961 and concluded high school career with a 58-4 record....At Maryland, was a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference champion and two-time NCAA placewinner....Won NCAA title at 157 pounds in 1965....Coached wrestling from 1965 to 1986, including head coach at University of Missouri from 1973 to 1986, where he compiled a 124-74-4 record. Returned to coaching in 1995 as assistant at Indiana's Carmel High School....Member of Univ. of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame and Univ. of Missouri Hall of Fame.
VERYL D. LONG - A graduate of Trinity High School and Iowa State University....Compiled a dual meet record of 65-2 at Trinity....A two-time WPIAL champion and two-time PIAA placewinner, who won a state title in 1956....Compiled a 95-4 record at Iowa State....A three-time NCAA placewinner, who finished third twice and won a title in 1965....Finished second in the Olympic Trials in 1960....Head wrestling coach at Duquesne University for two years and at Carrick High School for 10 years....Wrestling official for the last 14 years....Member of Pennsylvania State Wrestling Hall of Fame.
KEN NELLIS - A graduate of Shaler High School and Clarion University....Was a four-time section champ, three-time WPIAL champ, and two-time PIAA champ at Shaler....Compiled a 124-3 high school record....At Clarion, was a four-time NCAA qualifier, four-time Eastern Wrestling League runner-up, and three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion....Compiled a 113-28 record in college....Now in his fourth season as head coach at Clarion, after seven years as an assistant.
2000 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
TOM ALBERT - Graduate of Waynesburg High School and the University of Pittsburgh....Won WPIAL and PIAA titles at 154 pounds in 1949 and repeated in both tournaments at 165 the following year....Won an NCAA Division I title at 167 pound in 1957, then placed second in the same weight in 1959....An assistant coach at Trinity High School from 1970-77....Member of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
ED DEWITT - Attended Chartiers Township High School until his senior year and won WPIAL and PIAA titles at 145 pounds in 1951. Graduated from Trinity High School the following year and won WPIAL and PIAA titles at 154 pounds....Graduated from University of Pittsburgh....Placed third in the NCAA Division I Tournament at 157 pounds in 1955, then won the 157-pound title the following year....An alternate on the 1960 Olympic Freestyle Team....Member of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
JIM HARRISON - Attended Virginia's Granby High School until his senior year and advanced to the state finals twice, winning as junior. Won another state title as a senior at Princess Anne High School and graduated from there....Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh....Placed third in the NCAA Division I Tournament at 167 pounds in 1962, then won the title in 1963 at the same weight.
LARRY LAUCHLE - Graduate of Muncy High School and the University of Pittsburgh....Compiled an 89-17-1 record at Muncy advanced to the PIAA Tournament twice. Placed second at 103 pounds in 1955 and first at 112 pounds the following year....Compiled a 53-4 record in college. Placed second in the NCAA Division I Tournament twice at 130 pounds and won the title in 1961....Member of the 1960 Olympic Team....Head coach at University of Pennsylvania from 1970-86....Member of numerous Hall of Fames, including Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. PAUL POWELL - Graduate of Lock Haven High School and the University of Pittsburgh....Compiled a 37-12-1 record in high school and won a district title in his senior year....Posted a 46-3-1 record in college and won the NCAA Division I title at 123 pounds in 1958....Member of the Clinton County Hall of Fame.
RON SCHIRF - A graduate of Latrobe High School and the University of Pittsburgh....Was a starter on Latrobe's first two squads....Placed third in the NCAA Division I Tournament at 191 pounds in 1956, then won a title at the same in 1957....Member of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame and Westmorland County Hall of Fame.
1999 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
JOE AYERSMAN - Graduate of Waynesburg High School in 1954 and Waynesburg College in 1958 with a degree in business administration and social studies....Two-year lettermen in high school....Four year letterman and two-time small college champion in college....Coached 32 years at Waynesburg High School, including 21 as head coach. Compiled a 248-79-4 record and never had a losing season. Coached 24 WPIAL individual champions and 15 PIAA placewinners. Is the only coach in WPIAL history to win team tournament titles in both Class AA and AAA....WPIAL and PIAA coach of the year in 1989....Member of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
CARY KOLAT - Graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School and Lock Haven University....Compiled a perfect 136-0 record and won four PIAA Class AA titles from 1989-92 while at Jefferson-Morgan....Wrestled at Penn State University for two years and placed second in the NCAA Division I tournament as a freshman and third as a sophomore....Won two NCAA titles in 1996 and 1997 at Lock Haven University....Won Cadet National titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman in 1989....Has been a memer of Team USA's freestyle team since 1993. Won U.S. National freesyle titles and was World Team Trials champion in 1997 and 1998. Placed second in the 1997 World Championships.
JACK SPATES - Graduate of New York's Smithtown High School and Slippery Rock University....Won a New York state title at Smithtown....Compiled a 118-8 record and won the 1973 NCAA Division I title at 118 pounds for Slippery Rock....Served as an assistant coach at Baptist Bible College, University of Pittsburgh, and United States Military Academy....Became head coach at Cornell in 1988 and compiled a 74-14-1 record in five seasons. Became head coach at University of Oklahoma in 1993 and has led Sooners to a 73-36-3 record in six seasons....Member of the Slippery Rock Athletic Hall of Fame.
BOB TRUBY - Graduate of Trinity High School in 1987....Won two Maryland state titles and compiled a 60-2-1 record for Sherwood High School in Sandy Springs, MD....Also won two PIAA Class AAA titles and compiled an 80-0 record at Trinity....Graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Art....A two-time NCAA Division I All-American at Penn State. College record: 101-26-8....Worked as a Graduate Assistant wrestling coach at Oregon State University for one year and two years at the University of Pittsburgh. Received an Elemenatary Certification at Pitt and now resides in Corvallis, Oregon.
ASA G. WILEY - A 1929 graduate of Wind Ridge High School and 1933 graduate of Waynesburg College....Earned a degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954....Started the wrestling program at Waynesburg High School. In five seasons, he lead Waynesburg to a 37-11-1 record and a WPIAL team title in 1942. Produced 4 PIAA and 13 WPIAL champions....Coached at Greensburg High School for ten years and revied the program and produced another PIAA champion. Also coached at Slippery Rock College for 15 years and officiated for 10 years. Retired in 1974.
1998 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
STAN DZIEDZIC - Graduate of Slippery Rock University in 1972....Won three College Division NCAA titles (1970-72) and a University Division title in 1971....While serving as an assistant coach at Michigan State, 1972-78, he won four national freestyle championships and two gold medals in the World Cup....Won a bronze medal in the 1976 Olympic games in 1976 and a gold medal in the Freestyle World Championships in 1977....Served as national freestyle coach for Amateur Athletic Union from 1978-84....Was elected wrestling's Man of the Year in 1980....Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1996.
FLOYD MARSHALL - Graduate of Burgettstown High School in 1960. Also attained degrees at Findlay University, West Chester State College, and Indiana University of Pa....Three-time WPIAL champion at Burgettstown (1958-60). Two-time PIAA runner-up (1959-60). Undefeated in dual meet and tournament competition 1958-60....Became Findlay's first NAIA national champion in 1964....Qualified for U.S. Olympic Trials in 1964....Head coach for 26 years at five different schools, including 20 years at Norwin High School, where he compiled a 130-98-3 record....Member of Findlay College Hall of Fame, Hancock County Hall of Fame, and NAIA Hall of Fame.
ROBERT MARSHALL - Graduate of Burgettstown High School in 1958, Purdue University in 1962, and West Virginia University in 1967....Three-time WPIAL champion at Burgettstown (1956-58) and one-time PIAA champion (1957)....Lost only one dual meet in three seasons at Purdue and placed third in thee NCAA Division I Tournament twice. Also won three Big Ten Titles....Began coaching career at Dickinson College and had a 37-37-7 record in 7 years. Has continued coaching career at Delaware Valley College, where he has a 302-51 record in 23 seasons....Member of Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
RANDE STOTTLEMYER - Graduate of Hickory High School in 1973 and University of Pittsburgh in 1978....PIAA Class AA runner-up in 1973....Two-time Junior National Freestyle champion....Three-time NCAA All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier. Compiled a 68-16-2 record while wrestling at Pitt....Became head coach at University of Pittsburgh in 1979 and has since compiled a 147-144-8 record in 19 seasons. Has coached 17 NCAA All-Americans and 61 NCAA qualifiers during his career....Named EWL Coach of the Year twice....Member of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
ROBERT WALLER SR. - Graduate of Annandale High School in Virginia. Lost in state semifinals during senior year in 1964....Attended State University of New York, California University of Pa., and Slippery Rock University, and wrestled at all three schools. Won NJCAA title in 1970. Placed 5th at NCAA Eastern Regionals in 1971....U.S. Olympic finalist in 1972 and 1976....Has coached at Kane High School (1 year), Greensburg Salem (6 years), Mt. Pleasant (16 years) and has compiled a 303-90-7 record....Fifteen of his former wrestlers are coaching at either the high school or junior high level....Member of the NJCAA National Hall of Fame.
1997 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
DAVE KLING - Graduate of Keystone Oaks High School in 1965 and Indiana University of Pa. in 1969....Four-year starter on the wrestling team at both schools....Placed fifth in the NCAA College Division in 1968 at 130 pounds....Posted a 53-4-2 record in dual meets in college....Assistant coach at Indiana for one season (1969-70), then junior high coach at Keystone Oaks from 1971-73....Took over as head coach at Keystone Oaks in 1973 and has since compiled a 318-118-2 record....WPIAL Coach of the Year in 1986....Member of Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
JAMES M. KRIEK - Graduated from Franklin High School and Grove City College, with three years in between in the Air Force...Spent seven years as Sports Editor and general reporter for The Courier in Chatham, N.Y....Came to the Connellsville Daily Courier in 1961 and spent 18 years as its Sports Editor....Joined the staff of the Uniontown Herald-Standard in 1979 as a Sports Reporter and worked there until retiring in 1991....Since that time, have worked part-time for the Herald-Standard....Have covered wrestling for more than 30 years.
STAN MOUSETIS - Graduate of Washington High School in 1946 and Franklin & Marshall College in 1950....Won WPIAL and PIAA titles in 1946 as a 133-pound senior....Lost only one dual meet during his college career and won an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association title in 1948....Began long coaching career at Bellefonte High School in 1951, but moved back to Washington in 1955 and coached his alma mater for 24 years....Also coached at Plum (1979-85), University of Pittsburgh (1985-90), and Franklin Regional (1990-96)....Compiled a 304-235-11 record in 40 years of coaching.
JOHN RICHEY - Graduate of Connellsville High School in 1991 and University of Pittsburgh in 1996....Four-time Southwest Regional champion and PIAA qualifier from 1988-91....Won PIAA Class AAA title as a 130-pound senior in 1991, after placing fourth as a 125-pound junior, and second as a 119-pound sophomore....Compiled a 143-11-2 record at Connellsville....Placed second once and third twice in the Eastern Wrestling League to earn three trips to the NCAA Division I Tournament....Compiled 67-33 record at Pitt....Currently an assistant coach at Southmoreland High School.
JOE SOLOMON - Graduate of Canon-McMillan High School and University of Pittsburgh....Three-time WPIAL champion (1949-51)....Three-time PIAA finalist - champion in 1950 and runner-up in 1949 and 1951....Won Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Title in 1955 at Pitt....Captured NCAA Division I titles in 1954 and 1955 at Pitt....Represented United States in 1956 Olympic games....PIAA wrestling official for more than 20 years....Member of the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic Committee for more than 20 years....Member of Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
1996 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
PAUL WILLIAM ''BILL'' BANE JR. - Graduate of Trinity High School and Indiana University in Bloomington...Four-year lettermen at Trinity, compiling a 56-3 record...Two-time WPIAL champion (1953-54)...PIAA champion (1954)...Three-time Big Ten Conference placewinner at Indiana...Finalist for 1956 Olympic Trials...Compiled a 77-7 record as head coach in Indianapolis at Southport High School (8 years) and Beech Grove High School (7 years)...Credited with starting the Indiana state tournament, and was tournament director for eight years...Indiana state rules interpreter for three years...Inductee into the Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame.
RAY BRINZER - Graduate of North Allegheny High School...Compiled a 143-5-1 record at North Allegheny, which included 109 consecutive wins...Three-time Southwestern Regional Class AAA champion (1988-90)...Three-time PIAA Class AAA champion (1988-90)...Asics Tiger Scholastic National Wrestler of the Year in 1990...Three-time Junior National Champion...Compiled a 60-22 record in college, three years at University of Iowa (1993-95) and one year at Oklahoma State (1991)...Two time Big Ten Conference champion (1994-95) and one-time Big Eight Conference champ (1991)...Placed third in the NCAA Division I Tournament twice (1993, 1995).
ARTHUR ``BUCKY'' MAUGHAN - Graduate of Canonsburg High School, Moorhead State University, and North Dakota State...Three-time WPIAL champion (1957-59)...One-time PIAA champion (1959) and two-time runner-up (1957-58)...One of the few wrestlers in collegiate history to win two national titles in one year - NAIA 123-pound title and NCAA Division I 115-pound crown in 1963...Also won NAIA 123-pound title in 1962...Began coaching career in 1964 at North Dakota State and has a 320-87-9 record in 31 seasons, including 26 straight winning seasons, going into this season...Coached team to NCAA Division II title in 1988 and four second place finishes.
TYNAN ``TY'' MOORE - Graduate of North Allegheny High School and University of North Carolina...Set WPIAL record for career wins (which has since been broken) by compiling a 146-1 record at North Allegheny...Owns PIAA record for the most career pins with 113, which includes 34 in 1990...One of only eight wrestlers who have won four PIAA titles (1987-90)...Three-time Southwest Regional champion (1987-88, 90)...Four-year starter at North Carolina and compiled an 80-31-2 record, including 26 pins...Three-time NCAA Division I qualifier (1991-92, 94)...Two-time Atlantic Coast Conference runner-up (1991-92).
JOHN ``BUZZ'' WALTERS - Graduate of Mapletown High School and Waynesburg College...Compiled a 20-2 record as a two-year starter at Mapletown...Compiled a 24-5 record as a four-year starter at Waynesburg...Qualified for NAIA Tournament as a junior...Took over as head coach at West Greene High School in the second year of the program's existance and coached there for 29 years, which included 28 winning seasons...Has a career record of 300-143-4, which includes two years at Beth-Center...Was also an assistant at Clay-Battelle High School for two years and took over as head coach this year...WPIAL Class AA Coach of the Year in 1974.
1995 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
MIKE BABYAK - Graduate of Cumberland Township High School (now Carmichaels) and Waynesburg College...Officiated scholastic and collegiate wrestling for 30 years from 1952 to 1982...In those 30 years, he worked over 500 dual meets, 21 district tournaments, 13 regional tournaments, and 2 PIAA tournaments...In 1965, was inducted into the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Officials Association and served as table official at 3 EIWOA and 1 NCAA wrestling tournament...Coached wrestling at Dormont High School from 1945-53.
JOHN DASTA - Graduate of Penn Hills High School...Four-year starter for the Indians, compiling a 136-6-1 career record. Became the fifth wrestler in WPIAL history to win four Southwest Regional titles (1985-88)...PIAA Class AAA champion with 33-0 record at 138 pounds as a senior in 1988...Compiled a 60-2-5 record and 3 pins in three years at Clarion University...Won Eastern Wrestling League title in 1991 and placed second in 1992, qualifying for NCAA tournament both times...National Italian Athlete of the Year in 1988.
MICHAEL M. DeAUGUSTINO - Graduate of North Allegheny High School and Penn State University...Two-time WPIAL champion (1975-76) and three-time PIAA champion (1974-76) with a 76-1 career record...In 1974, Mike and father Gus became the first father-son combination to win state titles...Three-year letterman at Penn State who had a 55-18 career record...Won Eastern Wrestling League title as a freshman and placed sixth in the NCAA Tournament...Assistant coach at Sugar Valley High School (1987-88) and North Allegheny High School (1988-91)...Member of Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
THOMAS E. DOLDE - Graduate of Connellsville High School and Slippery Rock State College...In 27 years as head coach at Connellsville High School, the Falcons have compiled a 333-112-6 record, with 23 winning seasons and 17 section championships...Has led Connellsville to a WPIAL record 17 consecutive appearances in the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament, including two titles...Named WPIAL Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1992...Member of Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
RONALD L. GARRISON - Graduate of Munhall High School...Covered wrestling for Homestead Messinger as both a photographer and writer for 10 years...Founded Brotherhood of Wrestling Foundation to recognize the academic and athletic achievement by senior wrestlers in Southwestern Pennsylvania...Awards medallions to the top wrestler in more than 40 tournaments each year...Has taken more than 80,000 photos of wrestling bouts...Member of Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic Committee and also its historian.
PAT SANTORO - Graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School and University of Pittsburgh...Won two NCAA Division I titles (1988-89) and was a four-time placewinner (1986-89) en route to a school record 167-12 record at Pitt...Also owns Pitt record for the most career pins with 42...Three-time Eastern Wrestling League champion...Runner-up at 1992 United States Open Freestyle competition and finished third at 1992 Olympic trials...Assistant coach at Duquesne University last season and assistant at Lehigh University this year.
1994 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
KURT S. ANGLE - Graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School and Clarion University...Two-time WPIAL (1986-87) and one-time PIAA champion (1987) at heavyweight with 94-8 career record...Junior National freestyle champion (1987)...Espoir National champion (1989)...Two time NCAA Division I champion (1990,92) and one time-runner up (1991) with a 143-10-2 career record...World Cup freestyle bronze medalist (1992)...Olympic team alternate (1992)...World Cup alternate (1992)...Currently a member of Team USA's freestyle team and volunteer coach at Duquesne University.
GENE BOWMAN - Graduate of Canonsburg High School and Waynesburg College...Three-time WPIAL champion (1945-47), PIAA runner-up in 1947, and 63-9 high school record...PIAA referree from 1949 to 1955...Assistant coach at Waynesburg College (1955-58) and Canon-McMillan (1958-65)...Head coach at Chartiers Houston (1965-69)...Member of the Wrestling Classic Committee for 20 years, including 18 years as its director...Member of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and a future inductee to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (May 19-20).
KEN LOCKEY - Graduate of Philipsburg-Osceola High School, Clarion University (Bachelors Degree), and Westminster College (Masters Degree)...Two-year letterman at Philipsburg and 3-year letterwinner at Clarion...Started the Seneca Valley High School wrestling program in 1966 and has compiled a 335-139-12 record over the last 28 years, which includes a current streak of 26 consecutive winning seasons...Member of Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
RAYMOND ''BUCKY'' MURDOCK - Graduated from Waynesburg High School, Waynesburg College (Bachelors Degree), and West Virginia University (Masters Degree). Two-time WPIAL champion (1939-40) and two-time Cleveland 4-I tournament champion (1942,47) in college...Was hired as Waynesburg College's head coach in 1948 and compilied a 121-21-2 record in 16 years, which included six undefeated seasons...Member of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame and Waynesburg College Hall of Fame.
ROBERT J. ''ROC'' O'CONNELL - Graduate of Sayre High School in Bradford County and Penn State University...Considered the father of high school wrestling in Western Pennsylvania...Coached five years at Canonsburg High (1933-38) and compiled a 61-4-1 record after losing the first four matches...Retired from coaching after 1937-38 season, but continued association with the WPIAL as chairman of the wrestling steering committe for 24 years...Principal at Canonsburg for more than 20 years...Member of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
SUE SIAR - Graduated from Wilcox High School and St. Vincent School of Nursing in Erie...Has become one of the foremost tournament pairers in the world over the last 25 years...Currently holds the highest rank possible for pairing officials with FILA International ``Pairings Master'' and the United States ``1-Exeptionelle''...Served as Pairings Coordinator at the Junior and Cadet National Championships, the world's largest tournaments, over the summer...Was one of four Pairers involved in the 1984 Olympics.
1993 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
CARLTON HASELRIG - Graduate of Johnstown High School and University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown...One-time PIAA champion (1984)...Three-time NCAA Division I champion (1987-89)...Three-time NCAA Division II champion (1987-89)...Compiled a 10-0 record in high school and 143-2-1 record in college...Was drafted in the 12th round of the NFL amateur draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1989 and has started every regular season game the last two years as an offensive guard...Was voted to the American Conference Pro Bowl team this season...Member of Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
GEORGE LAMPRINAKOS - Graduate of Allegheny High School and University of Pittsburgh...Compiled at 332-129-6 record in 31 years as coach at Mt. Lebanon High School...The Blue Devils recorded 22 section titles, 6 Western Conference Championships, 7 WPIAL titles, and had three undefeated seasons under his tenure...He also coached 13 individual state champions...Voted PIAA coach of the Year in 1973...Member of Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame...Member of Pittsburgh Press/Post Gazette Wrestling Classic Committee for 16 years.
MANUEL PIHAKIS - Graduate of Canonsburg High School and Indiana University in Bloomington...Four-time WPIAL champion (1949-52)...Three-time PIAA champion (1950-52)...Compiled a 99-1 record in high school and 37-8 record in college...Olympic trial freestyle finalist (1956)...Director of Athletics/Activities at Canon-McMillan High School for 36 years...Member of WPIAL Wrestling Steering Committee and current chairman...Member of Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Washington County Hall of Fame...Member of Pittsburgh Press/Post Gazette Wrestling Classic Committee for 16 years.
ROBERT SIAR - Graduate of Brookville High School and Slippery Rock State College...Compiled a 315-107-7 record in 30 years of coaching...Established Brookville's first high school wrestling team in 1961 and coached four seasons...Coached at Shaler from 1965 to 1987 and at Hampton from 1989 to the present...Coached 40 WPIAL individual champions and 5 PIAA champions...Member of USA Wrestling's Long Range Planning Commission, the USWOA Executive Board, and elected Secretary of USA Wrestling's Officials Association...Member of Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
WJPA RADIO STATION - The station, owned by the Siegel Family for 51 years, has broadcasted high school wrestling for the past 43 years...Its coverage began in 1951 under the direction of Pete Stanton, who put in over 30 years on the air. Bob Gregg joined Stanton in 1976 and took over when Stanton retired in 1984. Mark Uriah joined the coverage team in 1982...The station's coverage has increased over the years and has aired 150-175 hours of high school wrestling each of the last 10 years...Its broadcast of the PIAA tournament includes more than 40 hours of coverage each year.
SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL
OF FAME INDUCTEES
LEONARD "GUS" DEAUGUSTINO
LYNN W. KLING
FRANK VULCANO SR.
SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL
OF FAME INDUCTEES
DR. WILLIAM A. "DOC" HARRIS
SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRESTLING HALL
OF FAME INDUCTEES
DR. JAMES CONKLIN