Canonsburg High School
Posthumous – Football
An outstanding athlete at Canonsburg High School, Phil Ahwesh won the
1936 and 1937 Western Pennsylvania Wrestling Championships before the
PIAA had a championship. In 1938, he added a PIAA title in the 185 lb.
Phil was a three-time Honorable Mention All-American at Duquesne in
football, playing for coaching legend “Buff” Donelli. Duquesne football
went 29-4-2 during Ahwesh’s four years at the university. He was drafted
by the Washington Redskins in 1942, but enlisted in the United States
Marine Corps instead.
Ahwesh coached football and wrestling at Canonsburg High School in 1946
and 1947, producing ten WPIAL wrestling champions during that time. His
1947 team was undefeated and was inducted into the Washington-Greene
Chapter of the Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. His coaching record at
Canonsburg was 29-1-1.
Phil left Canonsburg to coach football at his alma mater, Duquesne, in
1949 and 1950. He was inducted into the Duquesne University Sports Hall
of Fame in 1972 and the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall
of Fame in 1981.
Phil Ahwesh served as president of the Washington-Greene Chapter of the
Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and 1997, vice-president from 1991 to 1993,
and executive committee
Co-chairman in 1995.
Ahwesh was appointed chairman of the Pennsylvania State Racing
Commission by then Governor Milton Sharp, and he also helped to form the
Canon-McMillan School District, serving as board president for four
years and a member for twelve years.