— HONORARY —
— HIPPOS —
Our club is gracious to have had these fine Coaches, All Americans, and Hall of Fame Wrestlers to help us sweat, grind and become better on the mat. That said, we would like to honor them with a thank you, job well done, and looking forward to the future.
- 2010 Inducted into the State University of New York at Delhi Wrestling Hall of Fame
- 2000 Selected as the Head Coach of “Team Pennsylvania” ( National Freestyle Team) for the 2nd consecutive year)
- 1999 Selected as the Head Coach of “Team Pennsylvania” (Our National Freestyle Team)
- 1999 Inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame (based on coaching as well as wrestling accomplishments)
- 1998 Selected as the Assistant “Team Pennsylvania” National Freestyle Team Coach
- 1997 Inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame
- 1984 Inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association National Wrestling Hall of Fame
- 1978 Inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Hall of Fame (Region III covers the Northeastern United States)
- 5 time W.P.I.A.L Section “Coach of the Year”
- 2 time W.P.I.A.L. Regional “Coach of the Year”
- 33 Team Championships in 24 years as a Head Coach at Kane Area High School (I yr.), Greensburg Salem High School (6yrs.), and Mt. Pleasant High School (17 yrs.)
- *47 PIAA State Qualifiers
- *24 PIAA State Place winners
- *10 PIAA State Runner-ups
- *3 PIAA State Champions
- 35 of my former wrestlers have competed on the college level
- CAREER COACHING RECORD: 310 Wins 93Losses 7 Ties
- 1976 United States Olympic Trial Finalist at 163 lbs.
- 1973 Pennsylvania State College Conference Champion at 142 lbs.
- 1972 United States Olympic Trial Finalist at 142 lbs. (only loss was to Olympic Gold Medalist Dan Gable)
- 1970 NJCAA National Champion at 142 lbs.
- 1970 NJCAA Region III Tournament Champion at 150 lbs.
- 1969 NJCAA National Toumament-4th place at 145 lbs. “Selected as an Honorable Mention All-American
- 1969 NJCAA Region III Tournament Champion at 152 lbs. **Voted the “Outstanding Wrestler,
- 1968 3rd place in the Virginia High School State Tournament Class AAA at 145 lbs
- CAREER WRESTLING RECORD: 203 wins 23 losses 3 ties
- 1983 Pan-Am Gold Medalist
- 1983 World Team Member
- Two-time Olympian (Los Angeles, 1984 & Seoul, South Korea, 1988)
- 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist at 125.5 lbs.
- Three-time NCAA champion (1982, `83, `85)
- Four-time All-American
- One of nine wrestlers to win four Big Ten titles
- 1985 Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Year
- Member of the National Iowa Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame
- 1986 World Bronze Medalist
- 1987 World Silver Medalist
- Coached eight Big Ten champions (Trevor Brandvold, Keith Davison, Matt Hanutke, Eric Jetton, Donny Pritzlaff, Kevin Wilmot, Tom Clum and Andrew Howe)
- Coached 22 All-Americans (Kevin Black, Tony Black, Trevor Brandvold, Kole Clauson, Tom Clum, Keith Davison, Ryan Flaherty, Tyler Graff, Matt Hanutke, Craig Henning, Dallas Herbst, Grant Hoerr, Andrew Howe, Eric Jetton, Kyle Massey, Donny Pritzlaff, Kyle Ruschell, Zach Tanelli, Tyler Turner, Cory Wallman, Kevin Wilmot and Jeff Walter)
- Coached three NCAA champions (Andrew Howe, Donny Pritzlaff, Jeff Walter)
- Coached 63 wrestlers to a total of 91 NCAA appearances in 16 seasons at Wisconsin
- Recognized by National Wrestling Hall of Fame as 2007 Distinguished Member
- Has the second-most wins of any Badger coach and reached the 150-win milestone during the 2007-08 season.
- NWCA National Coach of the Year in 2010
- Helped Badgers tie for best finish in school history in 2010 when Wisconsin placed fourth at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
Ware won NCAA Division I wrestling titles at 141 pounds in 2003 and 2005. Ware is a 4-time All-American, former Big 12 Conference champion, and U.S. world team member that competed at the 2011 World Wrestling Championships.
A Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Champion and three-time EWL runner-up, Garcia is also a counselor and clinician for the Rob Wallers All-American Wrestling Camps, working camps throughout several wrestling hotbeds in the U.S.
Two-time NCAA All-American (4th, 2014; 5th, 2017)
Three-time ACC Champion (2015-17)
2014 ACC Freshman of the Year
2016-17: NCAA All-American … ACC Champion at 125 pounds … VaSID All-State first team … Left as one of only 11 wrestlers in program history to collect 100 career victories … His .851 career winning percentage ranked fourth in the Tech record book at the time of his graduation … Left as the program record holder in career dual meet victories with 69 … Went 5-2 at NCAAs to place fifth … Was the No. 2 national seed at 125 … Bounced back after a loss in the quarterfinals to defeat Nebraska’s Tim Lambert and Campbell’s Nathan Kraisser in the consolation round to clinch a spot on the podium … Earned the top seed at the ACC Tournament at 125 … Went 5-0 to claim the 125-pound title at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, the second in Tech history … Went 5-0 in ACC duals … Opened the season with a 3-1 decision over No. 18 Sean Russell of Edinboro … Career victory No. 100 came in a 5-3 decision against North Dakota State’s Joshua Rodriguez … Registered an 11-3 major decision over No. 7 Jack Mueller of Virginia in a dual … Lone loss of the season was a 4-2 decision to Lehigh’s Darian Cruz, the eventual national champion … Majored No. 12 Sean Fausz of NC State, 11-3, in the ACC dual meet title match … Defeated No. 6 Tim Lambert of Nebraska, 7-4, in the NWCA National Duals.
2015-16: Dance won his second ACC Championship in his junior year after finishing the regular season undefeated in duals … Finished the season 28-3, going 18-0 in duals and 5-0 during the ACC slate … finished runner up at Cliff Keen Invitational for the second consecutive season … Won the Hokie Open championship at 125 pounds … Recorded 11 bonus victories and his 28 victories was good for second best on the team … Went 4-0 at Virginia Duals, including bonus victories over his opponents from The Citadel and Arizona State … Won a crucial 11-9 victory over Connor Youtsey of Michigan to help Tech defeat the Wolverines as part of the National Duals Championship Series … Won his second ACC Championship to qualify for his third trip to Nationals.
2014-15: ACC Champion who posted a 28-4 record for the season … A first-team all-state selection by VaSID … Selected to participate in the 2014 NWCA All-Star Classic against Missouri’s Alan Waters, where he fell 4-3 … Picked up a pin in Tech’s win over Newberry … Wrestling unattached, won the Hokie Open by going 3-0 … Pinned 18th-ranked Sean Boyle late in the first period of the finals … Defeated No. 13 Josh Rodriguez of North Dakota State 6-3 in a dual … Rallied to beat 10th-ranked Nathan Tomasello in the Hokies’ dual meet win over Ohio State … Took second at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational … Went 4-1, picking up wins over Josh Rodriguez and a pin of Dylan Peters along the way … Fell 6-4 to Nahshon Garrett in the finals … Dropped a 7-5 decision to No. 10 Jordan Conaway of Penn State in the dual … Champion of the Midlands Championships, going 5-0 … Beat 10th-seeded Lucas Malmberg of Messiah, 16-6, third-seeded Josh Rodriguez of NDSU, 7-1 and then top-seeded Thomas Gilman of Iowa, 3-1 (SV-2) in the final three matches to take the title … Named ACC Wrestler of the Week for his performance … Went 4-0 at the Virginia Duals with a sudden victory win over ODU’s Brandon Jeske … Topped No. 6 Dylan Peters of UNI for the second in the season, this time 7-6 in the dual … Rolled to a 22-7 technical fall over Thayer Atkins of Duke in the dual … Went 2-0 at the conference championship to claim his first ACC title … Went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships, falling in the round of 12.
2013-14: Went 28-10 on the year and went 18-5 in duals … An All-American at 125 pounds who finished fourth … The ACC Freshman of the Year … Placed third at the ACC Championship to qualify for Nationals … Had three major decisions, a technical fall and two pins … Went 5-1 in ACC duals … Opened his career at 4-0 with dual meet wins against Hofstra, Kent State, Chattanooga and VMI … Beat 12th-ranked David Terao of American 3-1 in the tiebreaker in a dual … Picked up a dual meet win over UVa’s Nick Herrmann to open ACC play … Won three matches at the Las Vegas Invitational … Missed the Midlands due to a sprained ankle … Beat No. 20 Nathan Kraisser of UNC in sudden victory in the dual match … Won both of his ACC duals in the Duke/NC State weekend in close fashion … Went 3-1 at the NWCA National duals, picking up a pin, a major decision and a 6-1 win over Central Michigan’s Corey Keener, ranked 12th in the country … Earned ACC Wrestler of the Week honors for the performance … Ended the regular season with a 10-3 win over No. 17 Nick Roberts of Ohio State … Went 3-1 at the ACC Championship to take third place … Picked up two wins in the wrestlebacks to become the first true freshman to earn All-American honors in program history … Beat the Nos. 7, 6 and 5 seeds in that order to advance to the third-place match … Fell to No. 3 Nico Megaludis of Penn State in that bout … The 2014 VaSID State Rookie of the Year, as well as a first-team selection … Placed third at the ASICS University Freestyle Nationals at 57 kg, going 6-1.
During the 2015 season, Bortoluzzi won the Super Region 1 Tournament and qualified for the NCAA Division ll Wrestling Championships at 165 pounds. Prior to his 2015 season at Mercyhurst, he stood atop the podium at the Laker Open in his 2014 campaign. In addition, Bortoluzzi was successful off the mat receiving NWCA Academic All-American Honors and PSAC Scholar-Athlete Honors. Bortoluzzi transferred from Binghamton University and redshirted before arriving at Mercyhurst.
Before his college years, Bortoluzzi attended Kiski Prep located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania where he became a 2011 National Prep All-American, AAU National Duals All-American, a 2010 Beast of the East Semi-Finalist, and racked up over 100 wins with a 101-32 record. He has also coached at Rob Waller’s All-American Wrestling camps for two years.
A 2011 Cornell College graduate, Donahue was a three-time NCAA all-American at 141 pounds. He placed fourth at the NCAA Division III championship meet twice and finished seventh in 2008-09. Donahue was also a two-time Iowa Conference champion. Compiling a 109-41 career record, Donahue ranks 10th on Cornell’s career wins leaderboard. He helped the Rams post four top-20 NCAA finishes, including two in the top 10.
A Mechanicsville, Va. native, Donahue received Cornell’s Paul K. Scott Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award. He was named the team’s 2011 MVP and was a three-time recipient of the squad’s Most Dedicated Wrestler Award. He also received the Most Improved Performer Award in 2009.
Donahue also coached at Rob Waller’s All-American Wrestling Camp.
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
NCAA Division I All-American out of Oklahoma State University (2004), (2005), (2006), (2007)
NCAA Division I 157 lb – 5th place out of Oklahoma State University (2004)
NCAA Division I 165 lb – Champion out of Oklahoma State University (2005)
NCAA Division I 165 lb – Champion out of Oklahoma State University (2006)
NCAA Division I 165 lb – Runner-up out of Oklahoma State University (2007)
Big 12 Conference Championship out of Oklahoma State University (2005), (2006), (2007)
USA Junior Freestyle Championship
USA Junior Freestyle Championship 165 1b – Winner out of Oklahoma (2001)
USA Junior Freestyle Championship 165 1b – Winner out of Oklahoma (2002)
Mixed martial arts
Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC Welterweight Championship (One time)
Knockout of the Night (Three times) vs. TJ Waldburger, Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann
Fight of the Night (Three times) vs. Carlos Condit, Georges St-Pierre, Robbie Lawler
Fight of the Year (2014) vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 171
In 2014, Coach Meister won a national championship in the Veterans Division of the U.S. Open.
At Fort Hays State University (Kan.), he placed fourth at the 2004 NCAA D-II National Championships, won two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships, and capped his collegiate career in 2006 with a fifth-place finish and First-Team Academic All-American honors.
In 2003 he was NJCAA national champion, Academic All-American, and student-athlete of year at Labette Community College (Kan.).
As a senior, Dylan Took sixth place at NCAAs for his second consecutive All-America finish (4th his JR year).
Became a two-time EIWA champion and four-time finalist. Qualified for NCAAs for the fourth straight year for Cornell.
Posted a career record of 83-20 record, including 14-1 at Easterns.
Earned a first round fall at EIWAs in 15 seconds over Casey Mitchell of Sacred Heart, Cornell’s fastest-ever fall at the Eastern Championships.
John Smith is the most titled American wrestler ever.
A freestyler, he won two NCAA championships while at Oklahoma State.
His first major international victory was the Goodwill Games title in 1986, although he had also been Junior World Champion in 1985.
In 1987, he won the Pan-American Championship and the World Championship.
In 1988 and 1992, he was Olympic champion, and from 1989-91 he won the World Championships. He defended his Goodwill Games title in 1990 and his Pan-Ameican gold in 1991.
From 1986 through 1990, Smith’s international record was 150-3.
Guerrero won NCAA individual championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999 at the age of 19, 20 and 21, respectively, and he represented the United States at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Guerrero was a four-time All-American in college and was a four-time USA senior freestyle champion. Additionally, Guerrero was a two-time USA FILA junior world freestyle champion and won the 1995 USA junior freestyle championship.
As an international competitor, Guerrero made his first USA national team while he was still just a junior in college.
He earned his first berth in the World Championships following his college career in 1999.
Guerrero won four U.S. Open titles from 2001 to 2004, won a World Cup Championship in 2003, was a member of the World Team five consecutive years and helped the Gator Wrestling Club win three national team titles.
Guerrero compiled a 117-13 overall record during his time as a wrestler at Oklahoma State from 1996-99, highlighted by a perfect 31-0 record his senior year in which he recorded a fall, 12 technical falls and seven major decisions.
Additionally, he was recognized as a two-time Academic All-American.
Guerrero is a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Metcalf was a member of four U.S. Freestyle World Teams in men’s freestyle, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He won a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Canada, and claimed World Cup gold medals in 2014 and 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif. Other major international events he won included the 2014 UWW Golden Grand Prix Finals in Azerbaijan and the 2011 Olympic Test Event in England. Metcalf won a silver medal at the 2013 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Russia, considered one of the toughest competitions in the world.
Metcalf qualified for the U.S. Freestyle National Team for six straight years from 2010-2016. He won U.S. Open titles in 2014 and 2015. Metcalf placed second in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. He was also second in the 2012 Pan American Olympic Qualifier and third at the 2009 Pan American Championships. Metcalf competed on the 2006 U.S. Junior World Team.
He was a two-time NCAA champion for the University of Iowa, winning his titles in 2008 and 2010. He won the Dan Hodge Trophy as the nation’s best college wrestler in 2008. Metcalf was also second at the 2009 NCAA Championships, making him a three-time NCAA finalist, competing under head coach Tom Brands. The Hawkeyes won three NCAA team titles with Metcalf on the roster.
His college career started at Virginia Tech, where he was a redshirt in 2005-06. When head coach Tom Brands left Virginia Tech to take over the Iowa program, Metcalf joined him in Iowa, and lost a year of eligibility when Virginia Tech did not release him.
Metcalf was a high school star at Davison High School in Michigan. He won four Michigan state titles, finishing with a 228-0 record and 156 pins. He also led his team to four state team titles.
He was a record-setting wrestler in USA Wrestling’s age-group programs. Metcalf won six ASICS Junior National titles, three each in freestyle and Greco-Roman, joining Georgia’s Sean Hage as the only six-time Junior National champions in history. He was also a 2002 Cadet National Greco-Roman champion and freestyle runner-up.
2010-2011: Went 22-10 overall, earning eight pins, one technical fall, and two major decisions….had five top ten finishes in tournaments, including a first place finish at the Missouri Valley College Open and a second place finish at the Newman University Invitation….competed in the NCAA Midwest Regionals, placing sixth….posted a 18-7 record in tournament-action and a 4-3 record in dual matches.
2009-2010: Went 18-14 overall … earning two pins, one technical fall, two major decisions, and one win in a sudden victory … had four top ten finishes in tournament action including a runner up finish in the Loras Open going 3-1, and two fourth place finishes at Knox Open and Simpson Invite going 4-2 at both events, competed in the NCAA Regional, going 1-2 … posted a 17-12 record in tournament-action and a 1-2 record in dual matches.
He was a two-time NCWA national qualifier and 2008 NCWA All-American (sixth place) at 165 pounds.
He was a member of the University of Dubuque coaching staff when the wrestling program set the school record for most national qualifiers (5) in 2013.
He coached 12 national qualifiers and two all-Americans in 2012-14 and from 2005-11 as an assistant at Evansville Reitz High School coached 20 state qualifiers and 10 state place winners.
Perhaps no wrestler in American history was as fierce or as competitive as Sammie Henson. He took that ferocity of mind and spirit to become one of the most decorated athletes to step onto a wrestling mat.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Henson’s competitive career is marked by a series of firsts. In 1986, he became the first wrestler from Missouri to place at Junior Nationals. In 1987, he became the first Missouri native to win Junior Nationals.
Henson was diverse in his abilities as well. He competed in both Greco-Roman and freestyle, finding success in both styles. He reached the Greco finals at Junior Nationals three times, winning twice and making the 1988 Junior World team. He was also a two-time place winner in freestyle.
Competing for Francis Howell High School, Henson compiled a 108-5 record and was a three-time state wrestling champion, winning titles in 1987 at 98 pounds, 1988 at 103 pounds, and 1989 at 119 pounds.
After high school, several major colleges recruited him, but he chose to compete for the University of Missouri. The Tiger superstar had a strong freshman campaign, compiling a 40-8 season record and placing fifth at 118 pounds at the 1991 NCAA tournament.
Henson lost a year of eligibility when he transferred to Clemson University, but he made up for it by recording perfect seasons as a junior and as a senior. Henson won his final 71 matches, including 118-pound NCAA championships in 1993 and 1994. He became the first native of Missouri to win an NCAA wrestling title.
The best was yet to come. He posted one of the longest and most distinguished wrestling careers in American history. The apex came in 1998 when Henson, also known as “The Bull,” won the World Championships at 119 pounds in Iran. Two years later, he won a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Proving that age is not a factor, Henson qualified for the 2005 World Championships team at the age of 34. Then, in 2006, he made another World team at the age of 35, winning a bronze medal at 121 pounds.
Henson served as an assistant coach at seven different schools before being named the head wrestling coach at West Virginia in 2014.
In recognition of groundbreaking achievements at home and abroad, Sammie Henson is honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.