Seven Honored by National Wrestling Hall of Fame - PA Chapter

Six men were honored for their lifetime service to wrestling on Saturday, April 23rd in Pittsburgh at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame - Pennsylvania Chapter annual banquet. Additionally, one man was recognized and honored for the "Medal of Courage."


Marty Strayer (L) presents Steve DeAugustino
with his plaque as Stan Zeamer assists.


Steve DeAugustino was the first four-time PSAC champion under Hub Jack. He was also a two-time PIAA champion and coached high school for over 40 years. He was the first coach in Pennsylvania to coach 500 dual meets. He is a member of the PWCA Hall of Fame, Lock Haven University Hall of Fame, and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.





Marty Strayer (L) presents Tom Dolde
with his plaque as Stan Zeamer assists.
Tom Dolde, former head coach at Connellsville, was named Coach of the Year in the WPIAL in 1992, 1994, 2000, and 2001. His record was 448-137-6.
Tom was a member of the original Slippery Rock wrestling team in 1959. His teams won 25 of 27 sectional titles and four Regional titles. He coached seven PIAA Champions and 28 place finishers.

Tom Elling (L) with former fellow Bald Eagle
wrestler Fred Powell.
Fred Powell was an NCAA Champion in 1964 for Hub Jack and the Bald Eagles. Fred then went on to become a very successful coach at Slippery Rock University from 1967-1991. He was named NCAA College Division Coach of the Year in 1971. Currently, Fred is coaching at Slippery Rock High School, a program he initiated in the mid-90s.


Marty Strayer (L) presents Joe Solomon
with his plaque as Stan Zeamer assists.
Joe Solomon was a former Pitt wrestler under Rex Peery and a top wrestling official for 25 years. He wrestled at Canonsburg High and was a 3-time WPIAL champ, winning one PIAA Championship and one runner-up medal. Joe was on the Dapper Dan Classic Commitee for 20 years and was a member of the Pennsylvania Olympic Committee.


Al Ray Johnson (L) congratulates Frank
Vulcano, Jr. upon Frank, Sr's award.
Frank Vulcano, Sr., also wrestled for Hub Jack in the early 50s. He served as the head coach at California State College from 1968-1984. Frank also achieved fame as an official and for starting what is now known as the PowerAde tournament. His son, Frank, Jr. accepted on his behalf as Frank has some health issues.

Harry "Bo" Wood receives conratulations by
Board Member John Thomas.
Harry "Bo" Wood is a Philipsburg native who did not wrestle until he went to college at Indiana State Teachers College. He served as head coach at Indiana High and coached the late Jim Nance to two PIAA Titles. Nance was also a two-time NCAA champion and went on to a record-setting career in professional football with the Boston (New England) Patriots. Bo was a six-time Gold Medalist in the PA Senior Olympics and was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.

Medal of Courage

Jeremy Feldbush did his high school wrestling for Ken Hackman at Derry Area. He graduated from Pitt and entered the Army where he became an Army Ranger. He was seriously injured in April of 2003 while serving the United States in Iraq. He proved his mettle and saved countless lives with his bravery and fighting skills. Jeremy lost his site and suffered collateral head injuries and according to his neurosurgeons was expected to not survive his injuries. For his bravery and service to his Country, Jeremy received the Medal of Courage award.

A plaque for each honoree will be placed in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Neil Turner served as Master of Ceremonies.

Mike Clair, the National Director of the State Chapters pf the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Stan Zeamer, former PA president and recipient of the 2005 National Order of Merit, and Marty Strayer, president of the Pennsylvania Chapter, presented the awards.

Board Members include: John Thomas, Ron Weller, Dave Vannoy, Al Fasnacht, Ann Peery Ritter, AlRay Johnson, Dick Hurst, Howard Kroesen, and Tom Elling.

Neil Turner served again as the master of ceremonies and did a
marvelous job.

Dave Vannoy, Mike Clair, Sgt. Bailey, and Al Fasnacht discuss the heroics of Jeremy Feldbusch.


Steve DeAugustino with friend Martha

Jeremy Feldbusch with Board Member Hob Kroesen

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