National Wrestling Hall of Fame
PA Chapter to honor 10 Inductees in 2018
The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is proud to announce the 25th Class for induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for spring of 2018. The date of the banquet is April 29, 2018, the site is the Hershey Lodge. Details for the banquet (cost of tickets, etc.) will be posted in the near future on the PA Chapter website: https://nwhof.org/pennsylvania/ and also the PA Wrestling website: http://www.pawrsl.com/pa/tebullnew.htm.
Lloyd Rhoades (Board Treasurer) stated that the board is particularly proud of this year’s class. Two of our distinguished board members are entering the Hall – our beloved President Ann Ritter and David Vannoy. The PA Board feels that again this is again a special class for the 25th anniversary of the PA Chapter, the oldest and first State Chapter established by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Our state committee has selected another great class of Honorees to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Each year we are amazed at the caliber of the nominees and each year the selection process is difficult, since only a few people can be honored each year, while so many have dedicated a lifetime to service our great sport. This just shows the depth of quality of amateur wrestling in Pennsylvania. Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2018:
Lifetime Service to Wrestling Awards
Bruce Kennett – has been involved in Wrestling for more than 50 years and still is fully involved. Bruce is a coach’s Coach. He is at once a technician, positive motivator, and highly respected by his wrestlers, their parents, opposing coaches, officials, administration and fans. He has coached at many different levels including Junior High, Senior High, Club, Cadet National Team and AAU Middle Atlantic Grand National Team. All with great success. He is well known as an excellent clinician. Bruce has regularly given up his summers to PAWF and wrestling programs like Foxcatcher and Club Team Renegade. Bruce in his role as a tournament director he is very professional, positive, caring and unflappable demeanor at mat side and during seeding meetings. Whenever the need arises in wrestling, Bruce is the first to volunteer. Bruce and his wife, Sheila, reside in West Chester, PA.
Mike Millward – Was a 1979 Bald Eagle Area grad while there he had a career record of 72-18-3. He was a Centre County Champion, a 2x District 6 Champion, a 2X NW Regional Champion, and a 2x PIAA State Qualifier. He finished as a State Runner-Up his senior year. At Lock Haven University, he was a 4-year starter and a 3-year team captain. He was a 3x NCAA Qualifier, a 3X EWL Runner-Up, 2x PSAC Runner-Up. He graduated in 1984 and finished LHU with a career record 105-38-3. In 1984 he started his coaching career at Bucknell and then moved onto Lock Haven High School in 1985 as an assistant coach. In 1986 he started coaching at Williamsport as an assistant coach, where he coached 20 District Champions, 7 Regional and 7 PIAA medalists including 2 State Champions. In 1994, he became the Head Coach at Montoursville. He had a 3-year career record of 36-20-1. In 1996 he returned to the collegiate level and coached at Lycoming College until 1998. Mike has also been doing wrestling camp in PA and neighboring states for 25 years. Mike started officiating in 1998 and for 19 years and he has done both PIAA and NCAA, but with a greater focus on Collegiate officiating. He has officiated in the Big 10, EWL, EIWA and Metro Conference Championship Tournaments. He has refereed in several NCAA Qualifier events, and the NCAA team Dual Championships. He is a member of the District 4 Wrestling Officials Chapter, as well as the EWL and EIWA Officials Chapters. He is part on the Officials consortium for the Big 10, Big 12 and MAC since 2006. Mike is a member of the Bald Eagle Area, Lock Haven University, and District 6 Wrestling Halls of Fame. Mike and his wife, Bobbi reside in Bellefonte, PA.
Ken Foxy Moyer – went to Bellefonte High school where he had a career record of 54-6-1 and was PIAA Runner up in 1950, and then a PIAA Champion in 1953. He defeated the legendary Johnny Johnston of Clearfield at the 1953 District tournament. Foxy attended Stevens Tech and compiled a 32-0-1 career record. In 1954, he was 15-0-1 and tied Pitt’s NCAA Champion, Ed Perry. In 1955 he won the National Prep School Championship and the MAC Championship, and was named the Outstanding Wrestler. Foxy was never pinned or even gave up any back point in his entire wrestling career – an amazing achievement. In 1975, he was an assistant coach at Bellefonte High School, then starting officiating in 1959. He had a 20-year career, in which he refereed in Districts, Regionals and States. He is a member of the Penn State and Nittany Lion Wrestling Clubs, and is in the Bellefonte High School Wrestling Hall of Fame, as well as District 6 Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was a teacher at Centre County Vo-Tech School and lives in Woodward with his wife Rose Marie, but they winter in Florida.
William Racich – has been a head coach for 36 years at Ur sin us College where he serves as the Director of Athletics, and has a built career coaching record of 514-114-8. He ranks #6 as the all-time winningest coach and ranks #2 as the all-time winningest active coach. He has coached 7 East Region Champions, 16 NCAA All Americans and 74 NCAA Division 3 Scholar All Americans. He has been Coach of the Year 11 years in the Centennial conference, as well as NCAA East Regional Coach of the year in 2014. While at Ursinus he has won 11 conference championships, 11 dual meet championships, and has 11 undefeated seasons. During his time at Ursinus he served a tournament director for Centennial Conference and NCAA East Regional Tournaments. Bill is the founder of the North-South Duals, the Fall Brawl, and the Citrus Invitational. He graduated from West Chester State College in 1975, where he was a 4-year starter and team captain. He was a 4x conference finalist, 2x NCAA Division 1 qualifier, 1974 Middle Atlantic Conference Champion, and an East Coast Conference Champion. Bill won many other titles, including a 1978 National Freestyle Team Championship. Bill still teaches in the Spring-Ford School District, where he is the District Chair for Health and Physical Education, Middle school Athletics Coordinator, and the Head Cross Country and Track coach at the Middle School. Bill is exemplary coach who educates his students about life through the great sport of wrestling. He has served as a wonderful mentor to not only the coaches on his staff, but also his colleagues in the department. One of Bill’s most admirable characteristics is his ability to always keep the big picture in mind, remembering that students are here to learn, and get an education – and the goal of a coach is to foster that learning through sport. Bill and his wife, Julia Elaine, reside in Collegeville, PA.
Ann Ritter –grew up in a well-known wrestling family. Her father, Rex, brothers Hugh and Ed, are all 3x NCAA Champions and Distinguished Members of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Ann was their number one cheerleader and possessed a distinctive voice that could be heard anywhere in the gym! She continues today to be a great cheerleader and top advocate for our sport. An outstanding athlete herself, she was voted “Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year” in high school. Later, she became a wrestling referee, one of the few female officials in PA. She officiated midget and high school wrestling matches. Ann has served wrestling for many years in many different capacities. In 1999 she was elected to the first Board of Directors of the PA Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. She and other Board Members helped guide a fledging chapter through its infancy. Today, the PA Chapter serves as a model for other state programs. Ann represents the PA Chapter in national meetings in Stillwater, OK, and she also serves on the National Advisory Board for the National Hall of Fame and Museum. She is a member of the Veterans Selection Committee, responsible for reviewing and recommending worthy candidates for induction into the Hall. As one can see, Ann is active at both local and national levels of our sport. In her spare time, Ann has been chairperson of the Hampton Township Recreation Board, a Boy Scout den mother, a church Elder, chairperson for “Meals on Wheels” program, and voted an Outstanding Young Woman o of North Hills, PA. One of Ann’s quotes include, “One of my greatest pleasures in life is the sport of wrestling, supporting its activities and helping make it grow.” Her time, effort and energy in support of our sport is noteworthy. Rex Peery, Hugh Peery and Ed Peery left a wrestling legacy that Ann has embraced with ALL her heart, and exemplifies EVERY day. Ann resides in Allison Park, PA.
Al Silveri – still is an active coach at Wyomissing High School, still serving as an Assistant Wrestling and Football Coach, though he is a retired teacher. Al went to Mahanoy Area High School and then Bloomsburg University, where he graduated in 1970, but did not wrestle there. Al coaching career started 1970 at Wyomissing, where he spent the next 9 years serving as an Assistant Wrestling Coach until 1979. From 1979 to 1982 he served as the Head Coach at Conrad Weiser and then the Head Coach at Muncy from 1982-1984, He returned to Conrad Weiser as Assistant Wrestling Coach, leaving there in 2003 to go Wyoming Area as a coach until 2012, before returning to Wyomissing High School. Al was one of the founding members of the Berks County Mat Club, and is currently a member of the PWCA. Al helped to organize and worked at numerous wrestling tournaments at Wyomissing, Conrad Weiser and in Berks County during his nearly 40-year involvement with our sport of Wrestling. Al and his wife Marianne live in Wyomissing, PA.
Dave Vannoy – started coaching baseball and football from 1980-1988, and was the coordinator for Manor Ridge AA and Lancaster AA, helping to organize fund raising and tournaments. Since 1983 Dave has been a volunteer football and wrestling coach (and mentor) for the School District of Lancaster. He is responsible for coordinating, organization and consulting to the booster clubs, and assists in off season weight training. Dave also plans and organizes summer camps, plans the transportation, and plans to provide the funding for tuitions and team motivational apparel. In 1993, he donated temporary office space for setup of the PA Chapter of the NWHOF and the NWCA Headquarters. Since 1993 he has been a Board Member of the PA Chapter and has assisted in establishing the state chapter blueprint for by-laws, banquet organization and a varied of fund raising activities. In 2010 he became Board Chairman for Lancaster Alliance Wrestling, and in this role he managed the club operations at Franklin and Marshall, as well plans for the elite training and traveling arrangements. In 2016 he became a Board Member on the Wrestler in Business Network (WIBN) Lancaster Chapter. Dave is the presently semi-retired and is still the owner Mr. V’s Cash Register Company. He and his wife Marlene reside in Millersville, PA.
Outstanding American Awards
David Lehman – was raised on a farm, did his wrestling for Solanco High School. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall in 1968. David received F&M College’s Alumni Model in 2007. Then in 2014 David made a Five Million Dollar Lehman Endowment Gift to support wrestling for generations of student-athletes at F&M. The gift fully endows wrestling program operations, including funding for personnel, equipment, competitions, and recruitment. Dave is the president and CEO of Denver-based DJ Resources. At F&M, Dave was a 4-year wrestler, a Trustee of the college, and a long-term supporter of F&M’s academics in the field of geoscience. David’s ongoing contributions touch-motive-inspire pride in the legacy of the student-athlete experience at F&M. David is in a class of few people, who have taken a stand for the sport of wrestling with a commitment endowment and a declaration to persevere wrestling at a college level program. It is the responsibility and mission of the NWHOF to honor, promote, preserve and protect the high achievements and legacies of individuals who have supported the sport of wrestling to the highest. It is a distinct honor, David L Lehman, who has exemplified that spirit this entire life. Dave splits his time in Colorado, Texas and PA, but his residence is in Houston, TX.
Dan Langdon – is currently the CEO of East Penn Manufacturing Company in Lyon Station, PA and has served on various organizations in his professional career. He is a Board Member at the United Way of Berks County, High Industries, Greater Berks Development, and many other groups. He is a trustee at Lycoming College and a member of the Executive board for Hawk Mountain Boy Scouts of America. Dan graduated from Lycoming College in 1973 and has been recognized by many professional organizations. Dan has officiated for 44 years and was inducted into Berks County Wrestling Hall of Fame and has officiated over in 40 Sectional, 32 District, 5 PIAA State Individual Championships and 1 PIAA State Team Championship. He has served as Rules Interpreter and past President of the Berks County Chapter Wrestling Officials. Dan and his wife, Kathy, reside in Wyomissing, PA.
Medal of Courage Award
Tom Long – was born on January 8, 1967 in Doniphan, MO, with a crippling disease called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenital, or AMC for short. It is a disease that affects every part of his body but is most noticeable in his hips, knees, legs, and feet. Tom’s mother, Anna, moved the family from Missouri to Philadelphia, PA to get him the best possible care. From just after birth, till the age of twelve, Tom underwent many constructive and corrective surgeries at the Children’s Seashore House in Atlantic City, at the University of PA Hospital in Philadelphia, and the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. In 1973, Tom started wrestling for the Warminster Spartans and 1974 was a State Runner-up in age and weight. Tom was a member of the Spartans traveling team and continue his youth career winning many tournaments and Outstanding Wrestler awards. Tom also played football for the Warminster Bulldogs and the Warrington Warriors. From 1978-1981, he wrestled at Log College Middle School, where his team had three undefeated seasons, and 3 league championships. Tom won a League Championship and had two runner-up finishes. In summer wrestling, Tom was an AAU National Champion, and a PA, NJ, and DE Tri-State Champion. In 1982 he started his varsity wrestling career at William Tennent High School. While there, Tom placed 3rd at PIAA Sectionals, was a PIAA District Champion, PIAA Regional Champion, PIAA State Qualifier. He was recruited to wrestle at Delaware Valley College. At Delaware Valley, Tom was a 2x NCAA MAC Division III Place Winner. Tom and his wife, Melissa, reside in Orange Park, FL.