Meadville Tribune

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January 6, 2013

Tool City emcee, Roe, has best seat in the house

MEADVILLE — Mitch Roe has a pretty good view from up in the announcers booth at the Meadville Area Senior High School gymnasium, where he’s been positioned the last five years or so as one of the emcees for the Tool City Wrestling Tournament.

What sticks out for Roe, though, is how the sport continues to thrive on the gym floor below. And he can’t help but notice the role he himself has played in it.

“You stand up here when you’re doing your announcing,” said Roe, “and you look out and you see an Academic All American, Jim Cessna, he’s refereeing now. I see Jason Walker is refereeing. From Thomas Jefferson High School, (head coach) Rudy Nesbitt, who I had in 8th grade and coached him through junior high school. You look over and you see the other guys that are coaching — Barry (Anderson, Meadville’s head coach).

“You see all these guys that are coaching and refereeing now that you had coached. There’s no better feeling. It’s like, hey, you did something. It’s really nice.”

In between announcing mat assignments and bout results during Saturday’s round, Roe made a brief appearance at center mat where he was recognized for his many years of service to the sport.

His resume includes 11 years as coach of the Meadville Junior High program, five years as coach for the now-defunct Allegheny College team, and 17 years as a coach with the Meadville varsity program.

Roe’s sizable role in area wrestling was described in a short reading and he was presented with a plaque from Tool City’s tournament director Ed Longstreth.

And of course, Roe has a history with him, too.

“Oh sure, Ed, I coached him in high school and college,” Roe says with a laugh.

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