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West Virginia State Chapter

2005 Inductees

(Additional feature AT THIS LINK)

Coach Dugas (right) receives award from Mike Clair, State Chapters Director, National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Ed Dugas -- "Lifetime Service to Wrestling"
Coach Ed Dugas is a graduate of Moundsville High School and West Liberty State College, where he lettered in wrestling, football and track. At WLSC, he was a West Virginia Conference Wrestling Champion.

Coach Ed Dugas began his coaching career in 1968 as assistant coach to ultra-successful coach, Bill Hinegartner at John Marshall High School. A "good cop, bad cop" team (guess who the bad cop was), Coach Dugas and Coach Hinegardner produced four West Virginia AAA State Championship teams (1972, 73, 74, & 79). In 1982, Coach Dugas took over the reins as the head coach of the John Marshall "Monarchs."

During his tenure at the Monarch helm, Coach Dugas produced 11 individual state champs, two All-Americans, and finish in the top 5 at states seven times. In 1982, Coach Dugas's squad won the gigantic OVAC Tournament, followed by a runner-up finish in the 1983 state tournament. His teams won 217 dual meets.

A member of the National Wrestling Coaches Association for 29 years, Coach Dugas was named the 1982 OVAC Coach of the Year. He was later honored as the 2003 OVAC "Mr. Mat" award recipient.

Ed Dugas resides in Moundsville, West Virginia with his loving wife Mary Jean. They have three grown children - Edward A. Dugas, Rebecca Bisutti, and Patricia Dugas. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors Ed Dugas with a "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" award, class of 2005.

Coach Handlan (right) receives award from Mike Clair, State Chapters Director, National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Joe Handlan -- "Lifetime Service to Wrestling"

Coach Joe Handlan is a graduate of Parkersburg High and Ohio University. Since 1968 until 2000, Coach Handlan has coached wrestling on the scholastic and collegiate levels at Parkersburg and Eastern Kentucky University.

Coach Joe Handlan's accomplishments over the years are nonpareil. Handlan has produced 52 state champions, the most in the state's history, ranking him in the top ten coaches across the United States. He was also honored by the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference for this achievement in 2001.

Coach Handlan also produced six state championship teams, six outstanding wrestler award winners, and 12 All-Americans. His coaching colleagues have honored him as the West Virginia AAA Coach of the Year six times. Coach Joe Handlan averaged two state champions per year during his quarter century as head coach at Parkersburg High.

In 1964, Coach Joe Handlan was a state champ, himself, under Coach Bob Dutton's guidance. Coach Joe Handlan attributes much of his success in the mat sport to what he learned from Coach Harry Houska at Ohio University.

Coach Handlan assisted Coach Dutton during the 1960s and 1970s until 1976 when Bob Dutton retired. Coach Handlan then took over the reins and continued the "Big Red" dynasty on the mats.

Joe Handlan resides in Vienna, West Virginia with his devoted wife Terry. They have two children Joseph and Julie.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors Joe Handlan with a "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" award, class of 2005.

Coach Kee (right) receives award from Mike Clair, State Chapters Director, National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Steven Kee -- "Lifetime Service to Wrestling"

Coach Steven Kee is a graduate of Glenville State College, the class of 1966. He coached at Herbert Hoover High School from 1967 until 1988 when he retired from coaching.

Coach Steven Kee was instrumental in starting the first youth league program in Kanawha County in 1968. He initiated some of the first junior wrestling programs in the area, including two middle school wrestling squads in Herbert Hoover's attendance area. For the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Department, Coach Kee organized youth wrestling clinics and trained the youth league's wrestling coaches.

Coach Steven Kee's teams were very successful on the mats as well. His squads posted a dual meet record of 289-73- 6. They were the Kanawha Valley Champions six times. He was named the Kanawha Valley Wrestling Coach of the Year on several occasions. Coach Kee produced two regional championship teams. His best team finish at states was 3rd place in 1978. He developed many outstanding All-State wrestlers the likes of Dave Adkins, Jim Shamblin, Randy Robertson, Bob Walker, Bill & Kevin Crede, Max Blizzard, Joe Norman, Alan Wimer, and Jay Martin.

Steven Kee resides in Clendenin with his lovely wife Lynn. They have three children Patrick, Kim, and Stephanie, who passed away in 1988.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors Steven Kee with a "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" award, class of 2005.

Coach Michael (right) receives award from Mike Clair, State Chapters Director, National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Roy Michael -- "Lifetime Service to Wrestling"

Coach Roy Michael, a 1966 graduate of Rivesville High School, earned his bachelor's degree from Fairmont State College, where he was the throwing quarterback on the school's 1967 NAIA National Championship football team.

Coach Michael began his teaching and coaching career at Mannington High School, where he instituted the school's first wrestling team. In less than a decade he produced two West Virginia A/AA State Championship wrestling teams (1978 & 1979). Coach Michael was voted by his peers as the 1979 West Virginia A/AA Wrestling Coach of the Year.

When Mannington consolidated with three other schools to form North Marion, Coach Michael kept the wrestling tradition going in full speed. His 1998 squad won the West Virginia AAA State Championship. Coach Michael was also named the West Virginia AAA Coach of the Year in 1998. By winning state championships at Mannington and North Marion, Coach Roy Michael became only the third coach in the state's history to win state mat championships in two different classes.

During his 33-year tenure as a head wrestling coach, Roy Michael not only won three state championships for Mannington and North Marion, but also produced 23 individual state champions.

Roy and his devoted wife, Janis, have three children - Michele, Jay and Misti. They also have three grandchildren - Gage, Gene, and Anna.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors Roy Michael with a "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" award, class of 2005.

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