54th. JC Gorman Wrestling Tournament January 8 & 9, 2016
Mansfield Senior High School
Friday wrestling starts at 4:00 PM
Saturday wrestling starts at 10:00 AM
Finals Saturday night:
Recognition Program at 5:00 PM
Parade of Champions at 5:40 PM
Wrestling starts 6:00 PM
Per session – adults $7.00, students $6.00
All session – adults $18.00, students $15.00
Participating Schools J. C. Gorman Tournament 2016
Mentor Lake Catholic
Norwalk St. Paul
St. Mary Central Catholic
1965 JC Gorman Team Champions Madison High School
Head Coach – Tom Ellis
1965 JC Gorman Weight Class Champions
103 – Dwane Ferguson, Mansfield Senior
112 – Charles Barlee, Ohio School for Blind
120 – Jim Burch, Madison High School
127 - Greg Gilmore, Madison High School
133 – Robbie Fritzinger, Ashland High School
138 – Bill Danuloff, Madison High School
145 – Bruce McCartney, Mansfield Senior
154 – Rusty Mohler, Madison High School
165 –Virgil Kline, Ashland High School
175 – Mark Camp, Ashland High School
HWT – Rod Norris, Ashland High School
MVP – Charles Barlee, Ohio School for Blind
Tom Wolff, Ontario Wrestling Coach
Brent Rastetter, Lexington Wrestling Coach
Mrs. Jean Flanegan
Mike McCreary, Marion Harding Wrestling Coach
Barry Ferguson, Ashland Wrestling Coach
I was a four year letterman in wrestling at Madison. My accomplishments include; two time JC Gorman Wrestling Champ, two time State qualifier, Senior year fourth place in State tournament 1965. My wrestling career continued at Ashland College. In 1967, I became Ashland’s first “All American” wrestler by placing fourth in the nation in the college division. After wrestling, my interests turned to law enforcement. I joined the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in 1972. After 32 years of service I retired as Major where I oversaw the law enforcement side of the Sheriff’s Office.
After the JC Gorman Wrestling Tournament, I was the Cardinal Conference Champion at 175, won my bracket at Sectional and lost 1-0 in overtime at the District Level which cost me a trip to the State Tournament. After graduation I attended Ashland College (University) lettering in football. I was the assistant wrestling coach under Barry Ferguson for two years 1966-67 and 1967-68. I officiated wrestling my senior year at Ashland College 1968-69 doing several dual meets, tournaments and the Mansfield Sectionals. After graduating from AC, I was the assistant wrestling coach at Strongsville High School from 1969 through 1971 and officiated those years as well. I was an assistant football coach 1970-1975. I left the teaching field in 1976 and went into business. I became a manufacturer’s representative and I later co-founded an electrical/electronic distribution ship. Lastly, I have been a volunteer at the MIT (Medina Invitational Tournament) for the past 36 years observing some of the best wrestlers in the State of Ohio.
I have been the head wrestling coach at Beaufort High School in Beaufort, SC for 26, years and currently serve as an assistant coach there. My team has 372 victories, 8th. all time in South Carolina, with numerous top three finishes at state. Eleven state champions, twelve state runner-ups, three national high school All-Americans. South Carolina coach of the year multiple times, area coach of the year, and region coach of the year.
Graduated 1965 from Madison High School. Wrestling in high school: 1964 -junior year 4th.place Gorman 133, 1965 – senior year Gorman Champion 138, Cardinal Conference Champion 138, Sectional winner 138, lost in District. Jim Burch and I each received a wrestling scholarship to Ashland College from Chris Ford. Wrestling in college, 1966 Freshman year, wrestled 152. College record 3-1-1. Lost at NAIA National Tournament in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Graduated from Ashland college, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration majoring in Business Management and Computer Science. Graduated from Ashland College, Master’s Degree (MBA). Married in 1968 to high school sweetheart Lori. Will be celebrating 48th. marriage anniversary in August 2016. Have three children, (Ann Marie, Nicole, and Robert). Two grandchildren (Paige and Charlie). Retired in 2010 from The Gorman-Rupp Company, as Vice President and CIO (Chief Information Officer) after almost 40 years. Remains very active in church activities at St. Peter’s Catholic Church and in community service, serving on numerous boards and organizations.
Madison High School graduate. Taught in the Ashland City School system from 1965 until 1994. As head coach of the Ashland wrestling team Coach Ferguson won 2 Gorman Team titles, 43 individual weight class champions, and 1 wrestler chosen Gorman MVP. Co-founder of the Ashland biddy wrestling program, JAWS. Served as head golf coach and assistant football coach at Ashland High School. Assistant football coach at Ashland College from 1972 to 1988. Enjoyed playing slow pitch softball and golf. Served on the board of Little Brothers and Little Sisters. Barry passed away in 2010.
I’m honored to be considered for recognition at the next J.C. Gorman Tournament. Though we now reside in TN, I would gladly fly to Ohio to participate. Sadly I have a scheduling conflict with an event that we planned a year ago. My wrestling career was rather short, since the sport was not available to me until my last two years at Mansfield Senior High. However, between the library, wrestling with five Brothers and the guidance from Coach “Father” Flanagan, I managed to make it to the State Championships one year. Much of the preparation that took me to that level was the competition experience that I gained during the J.C. Gorman Tournaments. I tried to continue my wrestling career at OSU, but finances would not allow that. After graduating with a degree in Engineering, I enlisted in the United States Air Force as a pilot. I retired after 22 years and several tours including Viet Nam and Desert Storm. After flying another 18 years for American airlines, I was forced into retirement by age limitations. Not happy with that prospect, I have continued in General Aviation and I am teaching civilian pilots the art of formation flying. That leads back to my scheduling conflict, since a number of pilots are gathering in FL for a week beginning 8 Jan 2016. This will be our third annual event and so far we’ve always had it in early January. Mansfield Senior High and Coach Flanagan gave me opportunities that I did not appreciate until many years later. As you can imagine, my travels have taken my wife and I around the world. We now reside in TN with our Son, Daughter and three Grandchildren. Thank you for the recognition and please pass along my appreciation to all of those who made it possible. My short wrestling career provided me a lifetime of benefit.
I attended the University of Akron where I wrestled and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. I taught 31 years in Wadsworth City Schools where I met my wife, Paula. We have two children; Amanda, who is a nurse practitioner at University Hospital in Cleveland, and Chad, who is a teacher and wrestling coach in Medina City Schools. I coached wrestling for 35 years and refereed wrestling for 9 years. In 1998 I was inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Officials Hall of Fame. Now that I’m retired, I build furniture and toys for friends and family. I also play a lot of golf.
Coach Ellis introduced wrestling to Tim as a freshman at Madison High School back in the 1962-63 season. Over the past 54 years Tim has been involved in wrestling as a wrestler, coach and official. As a wrestler for Madison, Tim competed in 3 JC Gorman Tournaments and at the University of Akron, qualified for the Nationals twice. Tim coached at Crestline, Wadsworth, Willard and Galion – with 15 of his teams competing in the JC Gorman Tournament. During his coaching years Tim worked with the Ohio USA National Freestyle and Greco Roman Wrestling teams. As a wrestling official: Tim has worked 16 JC Gorman Tournaments over the years, has been honored by being selected as the “Outstanding Wrestling Official in Ohio”, has been inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Officials Association’s Hall of Fame. Time has worked 13 State Tournaments being selected as team captain 8 times. Tim hung up his stripe shirt at last year’s State Tournament but the State asked him to work with the Official Development Program. His duties now are observing officials work and give pointers to help them get ready for the State Tournament series. His territory is from Mansfield to Columbus and Bellefontaine to Zanesville. Tim wishes everyone the best of luck in the finals and a sincere apology for not being able to be here tonight with his friends and teammates.
William “Rusty” Lee
After graduation from Madison High School in 1966, Rusty retired from wrestling. He did however earn a degree from The Ohio State University and served 4 years in the United States Navy, touring the world including Viet Nam. Rusty has been an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA and a telecommunications guru for several companies. He has launched 2 companies, climbed 4 volcanoes, 2 mountains, and traveled to 35 different countries. Rusty’s hobbies include flying solo as a student pilot and winning numerous medals in 5K foot races. Rusty and his wife Kathi have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
First of all, I appreciate the invitation to be part of the 54th. celebration of a fantastic wrestling event. I have been to all three venues in Mansfield to see exciting wrestling as an assistant coach, head coach, spectator and served the 43rd. Gorman as a table worker. My head coaching lasted six seasons from 83/84 to 88/89 after serving as an assistant nine years prior with head coach, Ed Marvich at Marion Harding. My best Gorman finish as head coach was runner-up to Galion in 87. I was named an assistant principal in 1989 and wouldn’t you know; Harding won its 1st. Gorman that season. Harding did win its second Gorman title in 96 when my oldest son won his second Gorman Tournament. My second son won a Gorman title in 98, but was unable to defend in 99 because “Old Man Winter” cancelled the JC Gorman. My youngest son also experienced the Gorman and was a placer. My bio includes: two times Ohio Heartland Coach of the Year, dual meet record of 41-26, seven state qualifiers and five state placers, OHSAA wrestling coordinator from 1991 until 2004, and 2012 inductee into the Ohio Wrestling Officials Hall of Fame. I am an Army veteran and retired as the Marion Harding principal after serving Marion City Schools 35 years. Since then, I have served as principal at Kenton City Schools four years and currently serving as principal at Elgin Local Schools. Thank you for this opportunity.
During his 12 seasons as Head Coach at Lexington High School his Minutemen competed in the JC Gorman 11 times (1 snow out), finishing 1st. as a team on 8 occasions and had 1 runner up finish. Five of his wrestlers got the honor of being named the Bill Flanegan Outstanding Wrestler. During that time period, Nick Hile became the only 4 time JC Gorman Champion. During those 11 tournaments, the Minutemen won 39 Individual Gorman titles with another 52 individual placers taking home hardware. Brent also coached 4 state champions, 26 state placers, and 45 state qualifiers.
Dick, a Madison High School graduate, wrestled in the JC Gorman Tournament from 1963-1965. He wrestled in both the 175 and 165 weight classes. The wrestling team of 1965 was one of great skill under the leadership of Coach Tom Ellis. It was with this team of wrestlers that they came home Champions of the 4th. JC Gorman Tournament in 1965 – the first local team to win the tournament. Following graduation, Dick was drafted into the Army serving most of his tour of duty in Germany. Dick says that wrestling taught him self control and fitness that helped in the endurance of boot camp and throughout his military service. It gave him the vision of team work and self-confidence. Upon returning from active duty, he returned to working at Ideal Electric and married his high school sweetheart in 1969. They have a daughter and son which were both born in Mansfield. In 1984 the family moved to Littleton, Colorado where Dick began a position with Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin). At Martin, Dick started out as a mechanic, later becoming a missile mechanic, building and testing Atlas and Titan missiles as part of both government and private space programs. He was part of the team that transported rockets to CA and went to FL for rocket launches. Dick is now retired from Martin and still lives in Littleton with his wife and continues to keep active with their 5 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren that keep them busy will all of their sporting and other activities. It is an honor to be here with my former team mates and Coach Ellis for this special celebration.
I was a member of the varsity wrestling team for three years at Madison High School. I wrestled at Defiance College for three years, captain during two of the years. Assistant wrestling coach at Madison from 12/69 through 6/72. Head wrestling coach at Cooper City HS (Broward County, Florida) 72 – 73. My team beat my brother’s team in a dual. I was named the Broward County Wrestling Coach of the Year (about 25 schools). Head wrestling coach at Box Elder High School (Utah) 73 – 78. One term as president of the Utah State Wrestling Coaches Association. Assistant wrestling coach and high school principal at Union High School (Utah) 78 – 81. Team finished in the top three in the state each year – state champions one year. Head wrestling coach and District Superintendent at Bear Lake High School 92 – 97. Idaho 3A State Wrestling Coach of the Year, 95 – 96 season. Father of six children including four boys who all wrestled. All four placed in their respective state tournaments (Wyoming & Idaho). Two sons wrestled in college. Married to Susan Witt for 47 years. We have 6 children and twenty grandchildren. Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) – currently serving a mission for the church. We live in Morgan, Utah. I am a retired educator: 45 years as a teacher and coach, then an administrator, President of the Utah School Superintendent’s Association, twice Utah Superintendent of the Year and served as a teacher, coach or administrator in six different states. Thanks for your efforts to organize such an event. Coach Tom Ellis was a great mentor and friend and the opportunity to wrestle for him and with the great people that you are recognizing was certainly a high light in my early life.