Rotary Information Contact
Publicity Chair – Terry Stark
Craig Tefft –Oxford Wrestling Coach CTefft@oxac.org 843-2025-ext 1263
Stark – Oxford Rotary TStark@stny.rr.com 843-9414
Clyde Cole Wrestling Tournament
Set for December 6th
and December 7th
57th annual Clyde Cole Wrestling tournament, cosponsored by the Oxford Rotary Club and Oxford Academy & Central School, will be held at the high school gym on Friday, Decemberr 6 and Saturday, December 7th.
The tournament will host 14 teams including several local teams being challenged by teams from other parts of the state. This year's local field includes Oxford-Greene, Norwich, Sherburne-Earlville Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton-Harpursville, and Sidney. Other regional teams include Maine-Endwell ,Groton and Spencer-VanEtten. Strong returning contenders from outside the area include Averill Park, Carthage, Elder-Liberty-Sullivan West (ELS) and perennial powerhouses Queensbury and Shenendehowa. It appears this year's tournament can again be expected to be one of the strongest in the area and provide a high level of competition very early in the season.
More than 8,000 wrestlers have participated in
the Clyde Cole Tournament over the years, including more than 50 Section IV and
State Champions. The tournament has also
produced three NCAA Division I Wrestling Champions:
Kyle Dake Lansing Cornell University - NCAA Title 2010-2012
Oxford Harvard University
NCAA Title 2010
Brad Penrith Windsor,
Iowa University NCAA Title 1986
The Wrestling schedule is as follows:
Friday, December 6th, 2019
3:30 - 4:30 Weigh-ins
5:00 - 7:00 Preliminary matches
7:30 - 9:30 Quarterfinal matches
Saturday, December 7th, 2019
8:00 - 9:00 Weigh-ins
8:30 9:30 Breakfast
9:30 - 11:00 Semi-finals
& First Round Wrestle backs
9:30 5:00 Wrestle backs, Consolation Matches
11:00 - 12:00 Lunch
5:00 9:00 Tournament Finals
Prior to Finals Tournament
9:00 Special Awards
wrestling schedule may be moved ahead if wrestling allows*****
Finals will not start
any earlier than 5PM if this happens
Awards this year include a Team Championship trophy, a runner-up team trophy, Olympic style Medals and jackets for all first-place finishers and Olympic style medals for 2nd and 3rd place finishers. Other awards include an Outstanding Wrestler Plaque (Voted by Coaches and referees), a Pin Plaque (most pins in the shortest time), Director's Plaque (Champion with least amount of points scored against), and a Sportsmanship Plaque (wrestler who displays the best qualities of sportsmanship).
Oxford Rotary will again provide candy, beverage,
and food including pizza, chili, and hot dogs.
The Club, which co-sponsors the tournament, uses the proceeds to support
Community Service projects, especially projects for the youth of the
community. Such projects include Parks
maintenance and development, Public Library contributions, village and town
beautification, Rotary International Student Exchange program, student scholarships
and the Oxford Wrestling Team. Oxford
Rotary is always seeking community-minded people to join Rotary. Anyone Interested in joining Rotary should
contact Rotarian Terry Stark at 843-9414.
Beyond the Wrestling and the reinvestment of
the proceeds back into the community, the tournament has become a vehicle to
establish long-term friendships with other schools, coaches, wrestlers, and the
community. Oxford area residents
annually opened their homes during the weekend to house wrestlers and coaches
from out-of-the-area-teams. Also,
numerous volunteers from the community and school participate in the tournament
operations. Because of this cooperation
from the community, school, and Rotary the tournament continues to flourish.
Admission Friday Night:
Saturday Semi-finals & Wrestle
Saturday Night Finals
There is also a tournament Pass, which can be
purchased Friday night at the door for $10.00 for Adults. This includes all
sessions, tournament program and a $.50 food coupon for use in the cafeteria
during the tournament. Student weekend pass is $6.00 and allows admission to
During the 1930's and 1940's, the wrestling teams from Oxford Academy were renown throughout New York State. In those years, under the guidance of Rotarian Clyde Cole, the sport flourished. In 1947 wrestling was dropped from the Oxford Athletic Program for a variety of reasons.
Through the 1950's, the pros and cons of reinstituting the sport at Oxford were discussed. During the summer of 1962 a new 36' x 36' Resolite Wrestling Mat was purchased and at the end of the fall sports season of that year a call was put out for any boys interested in wrestling. A total of 23 young men responded to the challenge and wrestling was on the road back.
Progress was slow, and problems were many. With the new schools still a dream, a practice site was a necessity. Mr. Don Hackett, a former wrestler under Mr. Cole, offered the use of his paint shop on Route 12 and his offer was accepted. Athletic Director & Rotarian Al Doyle became the coach, and he was ably assisted by Don Hackett and Edwin Winner another former wrestling great of Mr. Cole's era. Uniforms were fashioned of "long johns" dyed black and gym shorts. A schedule was made, with the "Blackhawks" competing against J.V. teams from the area. Through the winter of 1962, the new grapplers trekked through the snow and cold from the school to the paint shop and back nightly. On weekends, the mats were tucked to the gym-auditorium on a Briggs Lumber truck donated graciously by former Norwich wrestler & Rotarian Harry Charles, and the die was cast.
The idea of an Oxford Holiday Tournament began to take shape and became a reality in December of 1963. Under the leadership of Coach Gary Hill, the Oxford Academy and Central School "Blackhawks" won the first annual Clyde Cole Tourney. The rest of the history can be seen on the pages of this year's program.
Through the efforts
of many, and most of all through the interest and hard work of the young men of
the school, wrestling has regained its rightful place in the Oxford Athletic