Mary gets Hall of Fame invite

Phil Mary, a two-time PIAA champion from Chartiers-Houston, will be one of 10 individuals inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The induction ceremonies will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 22 at the Ramada Inn in State College.
Mary will join Jimmy Carr, a state champion from Erie East; Lenny Ferraro, a coach at Johnsonburg and Brookville High Schools; Rod Frisco, a former wrestling writer for the Harrisburg Patriot-News and editor of the Rodfrisco.com website; Tony Koontz, a two-time PIAA champion from Delone Catholic; Troy Letters, a national champion from Lehigh; Art McCall, a coach at Upper Darby High School; John Orr, a two-time NCAA runner-up at Princeton; Dick Santoro, an All-America at Lehigh; and Stan Zeamer, a national champion at Northwest Missouri State.
Mary compiled a 109-6-1 record at Chartiers-Houston, winning state titles in his sophomore and junior seasons and finishing third as a senior. He was a three-time section champion, a two-time WPIAL champion and a member of the famous 1982 team that captured the PIAA Class AAA team title with a Class AA enrollment.
He attended Clarion, where he went 31-17 and was on the undefeated team during the 1985-86 season.
He coached for nine seasons, eight at Peters Township and one at Chartiers-Houston, compiling a 113-49 record.
Mary, a member of the WPIAL wrestling committee, was inducted into the Southwestern Pa. Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Washington-Greene Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.


Anonymous cm wrestling alum said...

Congrats to a well-deserving coach Phil! One of the best coaches and mentors I've ever had the pleasure of wrestling with.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Brian Krenzelak said...

Truly, congratulations to this deserving honor of a great wrestler, coach, mentor and all around ambassador of our sport of wrestling!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 12:29:00 PM  
Anonymous J.Dami said...

Congrats Phil on a great acomplishment.You earned it

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:25:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Awesome!! Very proud.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

phil in peters twp you are wrestling congrats on a great honor your a class act

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Clarion Football #55 said...

I lived in the same hall as Phil and actually right across from his room at Ballentine Hall at Clarion University. I saw every home wrestling match and Phil was a good college wrestler. He had the tough task of always wrestling these guys who would be 5'9" 150lbs in the off season and drop to 126.Phil just wasn't that big. Most of those 17 loses were very very close matches against older all americans when phil was a freshman. He also beat some very good kids who were national qualifiers. He is in my opinion one of the greatest wrestlers in Pa history. By the way his loss at PIAA his senior year he was dominating that match and got caught. came back and took third to show his character as a winner

Sunday, February 27, 2011 3:56:00 PM  

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