News from May...2001

May 6th, 2001

Steves Earns National Wrestling Honors

Legendary Fort LeBoeuf coach Art Steves and seven other area standouts received national recognition Saturday, April 28, with induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Chapter.
Steves, Tom Canavan, Ed Onorato, Tom Carr, Neil Lineman, Jack Sinnott and the late David Clelland were awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards. State Sen. Bob Robbins was recognized as the Outstanding American from Pennsylvania. All eight individuals will have permanent displays at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, OK.
"Hard work brought all the success for the kids and myself, and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity," Steves said. "It was fantastic because I was blessed with a bunch of young people who didn't like to lose, number one, and, number two were willing to take steps to prevent it. Whether they did it or not, the effort is what counted and I was pleased to be associated with it."
Steves guided the Bisons to 325
wins from 1963-1989.
"Rich Deluca is the man who set the groundwork before me," Steves said. "Tradition has a lot to do with (success), There's a lot of little kids running around in elementary school that think they'd like to put on the Bison blue.
"So the thought has already been implanted. Now we know they are nowhere near ready yet, but they aspire to do this. And that's why these young high school kids that are the student athletes have a job to be kind of a hero, an image, to set an example."
Steves, who coached 23 District 10 champions and three PIAA champions, said there's a fine line between winning and losing.

"Some matches you'll win because you're lucky. Once in a while there will be a call that will cause you to lose and that's less than fortunate. Just take all of that and balance it together,"Steves said. "Some of my most complimentary remarks have been aimed at gentlemen who lost, but who did it with dignity".
Sinnott pioneered the Iroquois program in 1964 and led the Braves to 150 wins during his 13 year tenure, Iroquois won ECL titles in 1970 and 1972, and finished second in 1968 and 1973.
Onorato left Penn State Behrend for Cathedral Prep in 1978 before retiring following the 2000 season. Under his watch, the Ramblers sported 29 District 10 champions and three PIAA titlists.
Carr, who won PIAA titles in 1948 (103 lbs.) and 1951 (138 lbs.) headed the Tech program from 1963-1990.
His teams won 169 matches with 29 individual District 10 champions and five state titlists.
Lineman led Reynolds to 201 wins from 1961-1977. He coached 27 District champions and five state champions. Reynolds lost just one match during his final 10 seasons.
Canavan has been Pennsylvania State Chairman for USA Wrestling since 1972.
Clelland, who passed away in 1994, led Greenville to 171 wins in 14 seasons. One of his top
wrestlers was Robbins, a PIAA champion in 1962 at 127 lbs.
"When people set goals and direct you in the right way, and you set goals, then good things happen," Robbins said. "My first coach (Clelland) felt strongly that you should go to college and use wrestling as a vehicle to get you there. I believed him, and that really started the whole thing."
Robbins wrestled at the United States Military Academy at West Point before serving in Vietnam.

By Matt Wieczorek
Sports Editor-BTN

Coach Graham Named Coach of the Year!

Coach Luke Graham was recently named the ECL Jr. High Coach of the Year for the 2000-2001wrestling season. His Jr. High team finished this season with a 15-2 dual meet record.
Congratulations to Coach Graham and his excellent assistants, Tommy Kirdahy and Dan Harrison.


Three McLane wrestlers compete
in AAU tournament

A trio of General McLane wrestlers trekked to Pontiac, Michigan, near Detroit recently to compete in the AAU Folkstyle National Championships held at the Silverdome (home of the Detroit Lions).
John Heynoski, Travis Goss and Branden Stearns all competed in the tournament, along with nearly 3000 other wrestlers.
While this was their first trip to the event, all three vowed to return next year.
Heynoski soundly defeated opponents from Iowa and and Michigan to reach the quarterfinals before losing. He then dropped a very controversial 17-13 decision to Zungia from Michigan. At one point, Heynoski appeared to have definitely pinned his opponent, but was not awarded the call.
Stearns went 1-2 in a tough 152 lbs. Cadet division. After an opening round win, Stearns lost to the eventual champion from New York. Stearns then dropped a tough decision in the consolation round on a controversial pin call to end his quest.
Goss battled strong in his first match, but his Iowan foe proved to be the superior wrestler.
In his second match Goss appeared to have taken the lead on a double leg takedown at the edge of the mat, but was ruled out of bounds and ended up losing a heart breaker to his Ohio opponent 3-1.
Kody Hiner, Jason Alexander and Kory Hiner, all from Ft.LeBoeuf also competed in the event. Alexander finished 4th in the 80 lbs. Schoolboy class.
Kody Hiner was crowned the National Champion in the Cadet 88 lbs. class. He was named the outstanding wrestler in his division, giving up only 2 points in the entire tournament.
Hiner pinned Ohio and North Carolina state champs along the way and won by tech fall in the finals.
All six wrestlers agreed that the Tournament was a great experience and look forward to returning to the Silverdome next year.


Lancer Wrestling
2001-2002 ECL Schedule

Dec 6
Dec 13
Dec 19
Jan 3
Jan 9
Jan 16
Fort LeBoeuf
Jan 23
North East
Jan 30
Feb 1
Independent matches to be added at a later date.

Edinboro Wrestling Team Signs Five New
Recruits, Including 3 Former State Champs

The Scots wrestling program signed five new recruits that will hopefully help them continue their climb as a Division 1 powerhouse. Head coach Tim Flynn will add three state champions to a Scots team that finished 12th at the NCAA tournament this past season, had an individual National Champion (Josh Koscheck) and an NCAA All American (Dave Shunamon).

Here are the new ESU signees:

Florida heavyweight Joe Hennis who was a 3-time Florida state champ. Hennis finished his senior season with a 40-0 record, including 38 pins. Hennis did not allow an offensive point to be scored against him this past season.

Ron Doppleheuer from Connellsville, PA. Doppleheuer is a two-time PA. state champion and a three -time PA. state placewinner. Doppleheuer finished his senior season at 42-2 with 23 pins, after a 40-3 season as a junior in 2000.
He holds the school record for career wins with a 144-20 record. Doppleheuer is also a three-time Tool City Tournament champ.

Shawn Bunch, a two-time Kansas state champion leaves Kansas as the top ranked wrestler (according to InterMat). Bunch was a two-time state runner-up and a two-time state champ. He posted a perfect 43-0 season as a senior. Bunch set an all-time wins record for Leavevworth High School by finishing his wrestling career at 150-10. He also holds the school's first and second spots for single season wins at 43 and 40, career pins (60), career takedowns (437) and career tech. falls (37).

Glenn Sample, a local product from Saegertown was the PIAA runner-up at 112 lbs. in 2000 and followed that up with a 5th place finishat 119 in 2001. He finished his high school career with a
128-21 record.

Ohio state 5th placer, Michael Ashby will become a Fighting Scot next season. His 38 wins for Mentor High School were the 3rd most in school history. Ashby had a career high school mark of 82-30.

Edinboro coach Tim Flyyn has high hopes for this group of incoming freshmen. "These are some real quality kids that have the talent to make a run at All-American honors and even add another national championship to our program".

Condensed from Joshua Hughes article in the BTN




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