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President: Bill Archer
Vice President: Garry Bender
Treasurer: Wayne Bennett
Secretary: George Keeney

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Dave Poe
Jim Potts
Dr. Tim Miller
Ron Mauck
Sidney Boggs
Bill Hinegardner
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West Virginia State Chapter

2003 Inductees
(Charter class)

"Lifetime Service to Wrestling"
Coach Bob Dutton graduated from Weston High School in 1940. He received his bachelors and masters degree from West Virginia University in 1946 and 1950 respectively. Bob first coaching position was at East Liverpool, Ohio in 1947. He taught and coached at Weston High School from 1949 until 1951.

Coach Dutton joined the Parkersburg "Big Red" coaching staff in 1951, and was assistant wrestling coach under Jim Scott for five years. Dutton became head wrestling coach at the school in 1956.

Bob Dutton coached wrestling at Parkersburg High School from 1951 until 1976. His squads won seven state team titles (1957-1959, 1962, 1965, and 1970-1971). In fact, Dutton was the only mat mentor to win seven scholastic wrestling championships during a time when all schools competed in one class. Coach Dutton produced 37 individual state champions and had a dual meet record of 184-65-5.

Coach Bob Dutton was named "West Virginia Wrestling Coach of the Year" two times (1971-1976). He topped off his final year of coaching "Big Red" wrestling by producing four individual state champions.

George Nedeff, the author of The Emergence of High School Wrestling in West Virginia, referred to Coach Bob Dutton as representing "the finest in wrestling circles." The National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors Bob Dutton with a "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" award, class of 2003.

"Lifetime Service to Wrestling"
Coach Steve Harrick was born in 1897 at Fordham, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from West Virginia University. As a Mountaineer, Steve Harrick was a charter member of West Virginia University's first wrestling team in 1921.

Coach Harrick served as wrestling and baseball coach at West Virginia University, as well as Associate Professor for 29 years until his retirement in 1967. He also served as athletic director and coach of all sports at Virginia Tech from 1934 until 1947. Coach Steve Harrick was the original author of the book, ABC'S of Wrestling, which was published in 1950. He also acted as tournament director of the West Virginia State High School Wrestling Championships for 13 years.

Coach Harrick's West Virginia University wrestling record in dual meets was 155 wins, 90 losses, and five Southern Conference Championships. He produced three All-American wrestlers--Lew Guidi, Jimmy Cox, and Bob Perry. For his dedication to the mat sport, Harrick was inducted into Wrestling's Helms Hall of Fame in 1969.

Steve Harrick was just as successful in baseball. His Mountaineer baseball teams had a record of 324 wins and 160 losses. Steve's squad won six Southern Conference Titles. He produced one All-American, outfielder Bill Marovic, in 1964.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors the late Steve Harrick with a "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" award, class of 2003.

"Lifetime Service to Wrestling"
Coach Dix Manning is one of the most beloved mat mentors in West Virginia. A graduate of Concord College, Dix Manning earned a Master of Science degree from West Virginia University, as well as taking post graduate work at Penn State and the University of Tennessee.

In 1958, Dix Manning began his coaching career at Shady Springs High School. During that time, he amassed 300+ wins in dual meet competition. Coach Manning also produced 25 state champions, including one three-time state titlist (Dave Farley) and two two-time state winners (Mason Epperly and Kenny McMillion). Farley was named the outstanding "West Virginia AA Wrestler of the Year" in 1980. Manning's wrestling teams have won five state championships, two AAA (1963-1964) and three AA (1980-1981-1987).

Coach Dix Manning was named "West Virginia AA Coach of the Year" on two different occasions (1981-1987). Furthermore, Coach Manning was inducted as a charter member into the Raleigh County Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1981. He also received the 'Lifetime Achievement Award" from the same organization.

Coach Dix Manning retired from coaching in 1998, concluding 40 years of dedicated excellence to the sport of wrestling. In fact, the following year the AA coach of the year award was named after Dix Manning.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors Dix Manning with a "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" award, class of 2003.

"Lifetime Service to Wrestling"
Coach Vince Monseau began his association with West Liberty State College when he enrolled as a freshman student in 1958. Coach Monseau earned letters in wrestling, track and football as a "Hilltopper" athlete. He received his bachelor's degree in 1962. Monseau furthered his education, earning both a master's and doctorate degree from West Virginia University in 1964 and 1977, respectively.

Over the years, Vince Monseau has coached at Oak Glen High School (1963 until 1968), Charleston High (1968-69), and Weir High (1969 until 1972). His Oak Glen "Golden Bears" Wrestling Team won the 'West Virginia State Championship in 1967.

Coach Monseau returned to his college alma mater in 1973 and put the "Hilltopper" mat team on the national map over the last 30 years. He has produced 72 All-American wrestlers, including five national champions: Dave LaMotte (1979 NAIA), Brian Davis (1995 NAIA), Scott Shipman (1996 NCAA Div. II), James Branch (1997 NCAA Div. II), and Nick Spencer (2001 NCAA Div. II).

Coach Vince Monseau takes as much pride in having worked with 28 Academic All-Americans. In fact, his 2002 WLSC Wrestling squad was the "Academic National Division II Runner-ups" and not surprising, the 2003 Hilltoppers' mat team was the "Academic National Division II Champions."

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors Dr. Vince Monseau with a "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" award, class of 2003.

"Lifetime Service to Wrestling"
Coach Rod Oldham was once referred to by a Parkersburg sportswriter as the "drill instructor" of South's wrestling team. Yes, Rod "DI" Oldham was considered one of the most successful wrestling coaches in West Virginia wrestling's storied history.

A native of New Martinsville, Coach Rod Oldham was a graduate of Ripley High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Glenville State College in 1959, and did graduate work both at Marshall University and West Virginia University.

In 1961, Rod Oldham began teaching Driver's Education at Parkersburg High School. He also coached every sport at Hamilton Junior High School for the next six years. Rod Oldham was named the first head wrestling co-coach at Parkersburg South High School in 1967, and never looked back. His "Patriot" teams have won four state championships (1975 and 1983-1984-1985). Coach Oldham was also named the "West Virginia Wrestling Coach of the Year" four times.

Upon his retirement in 1986, Coach Rod Oldham produced 30 individual state champions, including four three-time state titlists: Jim Weatherholt, Brad Dornick, Rich Underwood, and Darren Moore.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors the late Rod Oldham with a "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" award, class of 2003.

"Lifetime Service to Wrestling"
Coach Vic Peelish was one of the pioneer coaches to initiate the first state wrestling tournament. He was a native of Raleigh County, and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1939.

Vic Peelish received a football scholarship to West Virginia University, where he lettered three years in football. He played in the Blue-Gray All-Star football game at Montgomery, Alabama in 1942. After his junior year, Coach Peelish joined the armed forces to fight in World War II for three years.

Coach Vic Peelish returned to West Virginia University after the conflict and earned his fourth football letter under Coach Bill Kerns. He received his bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in 1948.

Coach Vic Peelish coached the Beckley "Flying Eagles" Wrestling Team from 1948 until 1949. During his tenure as the school's first wrestling coach, Vie Peelish's teams won three state championships in 1949, 1952, and 1954. He also produced 25 individual state titlists, which ranks him in the top ten coaches of developing state champions. Three of Coach Peelish's wrestlers were two-time state champs-Mike Techak, Tom Slater, and John Summers.

Coach Vic Peelish retired from coaching wrestling In 1971. He was among the first class of inductees in the Raleigh County Wrestling Hall of Fame (1981).

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors Vic Peelish with a "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" award, class of 2003.

(Special Thanks to George Nedeff for the preceding biographical sketches)

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