As a Trinity High School wrestler,
Veryl Long amassed a dual meet record of 65 wins and two losses. He was
a WPIAL, and Regional champion in 1955 and 1956. Long was 138-pound
runner-up for the State title in 1955, and the PIAA State Champion at
145 pounds in 1956.
Long entered the U.S. Army after graduating from high school and while
stationed at Fort Knox, KY, won the Post championship in free style and
Greco Roman at 147 pounds. From 1958-1960 he was a member of the
All-Army Wrestling Team. He was a member of the Pan American team in
1959 and of the 1960 U.S. Olympic team. In the final training camp
before the Olympics in Rome, Italy, Veryl lost to Shelby Wilson who went
on to a Gold Medal in the Olympics.
Veryl won a full scholarship at Iowa State University in 1962. His dual
meet record over the next four years was 95-4. Wrestling at 147 pounds,
he was third in the NCAA National Wrestling Championships in 1963 and
1964, and first place in 1965.
After graduating from college, Long became an assistant wrestling coach
at Montclair State College, in Montclair, NJ. In 1973-1974 he was the
head wrestling coach at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. From 1989
to 1997 he was the head wrestling coach at Carrick High School in
Pittsburgh, coaching 46 Pittsburgh City Champions, with 24 wrestlers
winning runner-up titles and 15 finishing third. Carrick won the City
title once, finished second eight times and in third place one time. He
retired from the coaching ranks in 1997. He has been a PIAA wrestling
official for 14 years.
In 1987 Coach Long was elected to the Pennsylvania State Wrestling
Coaches Hall of Fame.