George Edwards, Jr.

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Dubbed as “a wrestler’s wrestler”, Edwards, a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Edwards, 500 North Second Street, Shamokin garned one of the most phenomenal records ever recorded by a high school performer. Edwards registered an amazing 74 victories, five losses and one tie, including tournament competition.

In addition to his brilliant log, the performer had broken almost every record in Shamokin High wrestling history in his high school career. He had broken six records, one of which is his own, and tied two.

After high school, George entered Penn State and continued his winning ways. As a freshman he was 8-0 and the following three years as a varsity performer his record was a brilliant 28-2-1. An All-American in 1965, he also placed second in Easterns and garnered a fifth place in National competitions.

After four years as freshman coach at Penn State, he became head coach at University of Virginia in 1968. At that school his wrestlers have won 28 individual ACC championships and the team three ACC titles. Six of his wrestlers have won or shared six most valuable awards in that conference. His teams have won more matches than any other Virginia wrestling coach.

Categories: 1981 Hall of Fame