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Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Father of High School Wrestling in Western Pennsylvania.



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(61-0)...Retired from coaching after 1937-38 season, but continued association with the WPIAL as chairman of the wrestling steering committee for 24 years...Principal at Canonsburg for more than 20 years...Member of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame


Southwestern Pennsylvania Wrestling

Hall of Fame
1990
Dr. James Conklin
George Custer
Steve DeAugustino
Anthony Gizoni
Andrew Puchany
1991
Don Haney
Dr. William A. "Doc" Harris
Rex Peery
Hugh Peery
Ed Peery
1992
Leonard "Gus" DeAugustino
Lynn W. Kling
George Lewis
Anthony Paulekas
Frank Vulcano Sr.
1993
Carlton Hazelrig
George Lamprinakos
Manuel Pihakis
Robert Siar
WJPA Radio Station
1994
Kurt S. Angle
Gene Bowman
Ken Lockey
Raymond "Bucky" Murdock
Robert J. "Roc" O'Connell
Sue Siar
1995
Mike Babyak
John Dasta
Michael M. DeAugustino
Thomas E. Dolde
Ronald L. Garrison
Pat Santoro
1996
Paul William "Bill" Bane Jr.
Ray Brinzer
Arthur "Bucky" Maughan
Tynan "Ty" Moore
John "Buzz" Walters
1997
Dave Kling
Jim Kriek
Stan Mousetis
John Richey
Joe Solomon
1998
Stan Dziedzic
Floyd Marshall
Robert Marshall
Rande Stottlemyer
Robert Waller Sr.
1999
Joe Ayersman
Cary Kolat
Jack Spates
Bob Truby
Asa G. Wiley
2000
Tom Alberts
Ed DeWitt
Jim Harrison
Larry Lauchle
Paul Powell
Ron Schirf
2001
Fred A. Ambrose
Thomas P. Harbert
Robert J. Kopnisky
Veryl D. Long
Ken Nellis
2002
Frank Bonifield
Dave Clelland
Ernie Closser
Sylvester Terkay
Creed Westfall
2003
Mark Angle
Jeremy Hunter
Teague Moore
Joseph Shook
Ken Wunderly
2004
John Abajace
Dave Ailes
Dick Bane
Lee Hall
Phill Mary
2005
Mark Caffrey
James W. Horner
Kraig M. Nellis
Chuck Tursky
Frank L. Vulcano, JR.
2006
Vertus Jones
Jay Robison
James W. Sterner
Robert M. Waller III
Shawn R. Whyte
2007
Dave Adams
Bruce Closson
Butch Marino
Kevin Sangina
Edward Driscoll