Tim Harrison. General McLane's First State Wrestling Champion....1975-1976.

*(Written by Tim's brother, Greg Harrison)

In many ways, Tim Harrison embodied the spirit of Lancer wrestling. He came from one of the most established General McLane sports families. From the first time he stepped on to the mat at age 9 years, he demonstrated the dedication, determination and discipline of every Lancer champion. He had immediate success in Junior Olympic wrestling, and advanced perennially to the state tournament with other familiar wrestling names such as the Kirdahys, Seths, Frndaks and his brother Greg. He placed as high as second in the state.

Tim wrestled during the "Golden Era" of McLane wrestling in the 1970s. A four-year starter on the varsity team, he progressively advanced in post-season tournaments. Tim's high school career peaked in his junior and senior years. It was here that he demonstrated his unparalleled persistence and unwavering focus on excellence. He overcame injuries, losses and other obstacles. As a junior, he won the section tournament, placed in districts and regionals, and then surprised Pennsylvania wrestling elite by finishing second in the state.

As a senior, he had a season-long battle with his arch-rival Dave Daniels of Iroquois. Never before had the two top wrestlers in the same weight class in the state been in Erie County. The two wrestled each other four times that season. Daniels won the first three matches, but Tim learned from each encounter - inching closer to victory every time. Never one to take the easy way, Tim defeated Daniels when it mattered most - the state finals. In wrestling one of his smartest matches ever, Tim became General McLane's first state champion in any sport.

Tim went on to wrestle for Cornell University. Although he underwent three knee surgeries in college, he was named All-Ivy three times and All-Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association. A two-year team captain, Tim earned a place in Cornell's wrestling history for his resiliency, drive and leadership.

The character Tim developed on the mat defined him in every aspect of his life. It earned him a long, successful career as a business executive; reflected his life as a community leader; and served as a foundation for being a devoted husband and father. He was a Lancer wrestler to the end, fiercely battling cancer until his death on March 31st, 2005.



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