Robert J. “Roc” O’Connell
Sayre High School (Bradford County)
Penn State University
Wrestling – Posthumous

• Considered the “Father of High School Wrestling” in Western Pennsylvania

• Coached five years at Canonsburg High School (1933 – 1938) compiling a 61-4-1 record (.938) after losing his first 4 matches

• Retired from coaching after the 1938 season but continued his association with the WPIAL as chairman of the wrestling steering committee for 24 years.

• Principal at Canonsburg High School more than 20 years and a long time administrator for the Canon-McMillan School District.

• 1994 Inductee into the Southwest Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame

• 1970 Inductee into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame



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