Larry Guenot graduated in 1975 from Bald Eagle Area, wrestling for legendary Hall of Fame Coach, Dick Rhoades. BEA was just turning its program around, and Larry was a three-year letterman and one of team’s better wrestlers. Larry could be found putting in extra time after practice to better his skills. His work ethic gained him the respect of his teammates and coaches. He served as captain of the team his senior year, when he won the Manheim Holiday Tournament and was also a Sectional Champion that same year.
Larry became a PIAA Wrestling Official in 1978. He quickly ascended the hierarchy of local referees, and soon became a fan favorite because of his wrestling knowledge, skills, and fairness in making calls. His face became familiar to most of the wrestling community because of the sheer numbers of meets in which he has officiated. As a respected member of the Charles Goldthorp Chapter of District 6 Wrestling Officials, he has served as Chapter Vice-President and President.
Larry was also hired for countless “big meets,” which include 7 State Individual Tournaments, 4 State Dual Meet Championships and Finals, and 2 Challenge of Champions Meets. He also appeared in 34 District Tournaments, 26 Regional Tournaments and 14 District Team Finals.
Hall of Fame Reporter, Ron Bracken said of Larry, “He will admit…to a few bad calls…but Larry Guenot makes way more good ones than not. When he shows up to work a meet or a tournament you can be sure that the quality of officiating will be as good as you could hope for in Pennsylvania.
In addition to his challenging schedule as a wrestling official, in the 80’s and 90’s, Larry also volunteered as an assistant coach in the BEA Elementary Wrestling Club for 11 years. Larry added structure to the program, and great technique, and coached both of his sons. He then returned as a volunteer during 2015-2018, helping to coach his grandson, Gavin! Larry was inducted into the Bald Eagle Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010.
Larry worked for PennDOT for 31 years until he retired. Larry and his wife Vicki started Trophy Rack Lodge Hunting Reserve in 2003 in Karthaus, PA, which where they live and they still operate today. They feature whitetail, elk, and exotic hunting, before adding wild PA elk to the mix in 2010.
Whether it was while on the mat as a superior referee, of in his current business as a bigtime gig game outfitter, Larry has been a success.
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