Meadville Tribune

Sports

January 8, 2014

Meadville wrestling celebrates 50 years

MEADVILLE — There were already a number of established high school wrestling programs in the area when Meadville Area Senior High School jumped on board in 1963. But Dick Lumley, who helped get things going and served as the program’s first head coach, knew that with a lot of help, the Bulldogs could be as successful as any of those other programs.

When the Meadville Area Senior High School wrestling program celebrates its 50th anniversary tonight at 7 during a dual match with Strong Vincent, there will be plenty of accomplishments to laud.

In Meadville’s 50-year history, 107 section titles, 75 District 10 titles and five state titles have been won. Meadville also owns 20 100-match winners and has seen 35 of its wrestlers go on to compete at the collegiate level since 1980. One of those wrestlers, Sean O’Day won a Division I national championship at Edinboro University.

A great deal of those exploits have something to do with Lumley’s involvement.

Lumley began his high school coaching career in Townville in 1960 and was there three seasons before Meadville decided to start a varsity program. Lumley applied and “that was where I was,” he said.

Lumley coached from 1963 to 1967 when he made the decision to move south to Pittsburgh to tend to his wife’s family. He coached at Keystone Oaks for four seasons, but made his return to Meadville in 1971 where he remained the head coach through the 1997-98 season.

Lumley oversaw some memorable moments, especially during the 1980s.

Meadville won six section titles, five District 10 titles and four region titles from 1982 to 1989 and placed second, fifth and eighth at the state championships.

In 1982, Meadville crowned its first state champion, Jack Uppling (1985). Three others followed for the Bulldogs during that decade: Doug Stanford (1984, 112 pounds), Sean O’Day (1985, 132 pounds) and Mike McHenry (1986, 167 pounds).

As far as a pinnacle moment in Lumley’s career?

“Every kid was a memory,” Lumley said.

There are a couple memories, though, that do stand out.

“We had four state champions and were second in the state once,” Lumley said. “But my biggest feeling of accomplishment was the number of kids I pulled off the street, got them into wrestling and they are college educated today.”

Lumley credited a number of people for Meadville’s success over the last five decades, including former Meadville Tribune sports editor Craig Phillips, Mitch Roe, Art Cocolin, Pat McHenry and the late Patsi Mantini.

And even 50 years later, Lumley has some connection to the Meadville program. Current head coach Barry Anderson and assistants Jeff Longstreth and Terry Tidball all wrestled for Lumley as did prior coaches such as Jon Frye and John Amato.

Lumley, who will turn 75 next month, is expected to be among the alumni of Meadville’s wrestling family that will be on hand for tonight’s celebration.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Hawley scores District 1 finishes off dominant pool performance by trouncing New Jersey

    Pitchers often get the most credit in shutout victories. And Emma Osborne, Katy Dunn and Emily Beddick have certainly been deserving for District 1.
    Its defense, though, has been equally deserving.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sliding into second District 1 remains unbeaten after two routs

    Becca Siple’s response to a question on Twitter may have said it all.
    “Best experience of my life,” Siple said, when asked by The Meadville Tribune via Twitter to describe her experience thus far at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament. Following her response was the hashtag #D1isfamily.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Steelers camp Steelers LB Spence caps lengthy comeback

    The whistle blew and Sean Spence sprinted forward, each cathartic step distancing the linebacker from the horrific knee injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it even really began.
    Spence almost gleefully smashed into fullback Bryce Davis during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first full contact drill of training camp on Monday. The two tussled for several seconds before Davis — his fists full of Spence’s jersey — pulled them both to the ground.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • District 1 dominates at East Regional

    Outscoring its opponents 32-0, District 1 moved to 3-0 at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament on Monday with a pair of wins.

    July 28, 2014

  • Kissing the bricks Gordon wins at Indy for record 5th time

    With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.
    Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roethlisberger OK with choice to wait on new deal

    There are days when Ben Roethlisberger can feel every single hit he’s absorbed during a decade as one of the NFL’s most fearless quarterbacks.
    And there are days when the Pittsburgh Steelers star sees the young faces surrounding him in the huddle and it seems like he can play forever.

    July 26, 2014

  • Teen doping Survey: Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise

    Michael Guerreri wanted to try human growth hormones so he could look like a pro wrestler. Joe Badalanato hoped HGH would help him become a better football player. James O’Brien figured the drug would improve his fastball.
    The three 18-year-olds from suburban Philadelphia told The Associated Press this week that they bought bottles of HGH online in the past year. Turns out, what they bought was fake.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Montoya back at Indy intent on winning for Penske

    Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske.
    The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the few trophies missing from his collection.

    July 25, 2014

  • Haley Wise District 1 looking forward to bigger goals

    The members of the District 1 Senior League softball team haven’t spent a whole lot of time playing together.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meadville's magical season comes to an end

    The state run is over for the Meadville Junior League All-Stars.
    Guess they’ll just have to content themselves with a District 1 championship, a Section 1 championship and an incredible turnaround from the year before.

    July 24, 2014

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Poll

A South Carolina woman was arrested recently after the McDonald’s employee let her daughter spend the day playing in a nearby park while she worked her shift. The decision has created a debate over “free-range” parenting and whether it’s a good idea or not. What’s your take?

I’m fine with it. If she cannot afford childcare, what choice does she have?
This is horrible and very bad parenting.
I’m torn. It’s not right what she did, but it sounds like the mother had few other options.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks