Two Former Wrestlers Inducted Into GM Hall of Fame
Two former wrestlers were inducted
into the General McLane Hall of Fame. The GM Athletic Booster
Club will hold it's annual Hall of Fame ceremony on Aug. 31st
at the first home football game. Four new members will be formally
inducted during the halftime ceremony. The two former wrestlers
to be inducted are:
Bill Kirdahy is a 1981 graduate
of General McLane. He was a standout wrestler. Kirdahy was a
4 year letter winner, 4 time All-ECL selection, 2 time Sectional
runner-up, 2 time sectional champ, 3 time District 10 champ,
3 time regional runner-up, 3 time PIAA quarterfinalist, 3 time
GM Christmas Tournament champ, 3 time ECL champ and winner of
the ECL Oustanding Wrestler award in 1980.
Kirdahy finished his wrestling
career with an outstanding 104-16 record, including 50 pins.
He wrestled for West Virginia and received a B.S. in business
administration. Kirdahy resides in Saegertown with his wife
and two children. He is a senior marketing specialist for the
Thomas Publishing Co. and is president of W.R. Kirdahy Associates,
Gary Paul Gilbert
Gary P. Gilbert was a 1989 graduate
of General McLane. He played football and was a member of the
wrestling team. As a senior, he was unbeaten and was a unanimous
selection to the All-ECL wrestling team. He was voted the wrestling
team's most outstanding wrestler in his junior and senior years.
He was also a standout on the football
squad, rushing for 1,141 yards as a senior. He was also selected
to the All-ECL football squad that same year. He was also selected
to play in the Save-An-Eye Football Game and was a Lions Club
and Channel 24 athlete of the week.
Gilbert resides in Little Valley
N.Y. with his wife, where he teaches science and coaches wrestling.
There were also two other inductees
to this year's Hall of Fame. Melanie Dunn Ross and Dr. Matt
Ross, a 1988 graduate, played basketball and
softball at GM. Ross,is a softline manager at K-Mart and lives
in Erie, with her husband.
Walker graduated in 1990 and played
football, basketball and track. He resides in Maryville MO.
with his wife and son, where he is an assistant professor in
the Communications and Theatre Arts Dept. at Northwest Missouri
More details can be found in the August 26th
2001 issue of the Independent Enterprise.