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Regalbuto wins Schultz Excellence Award

August 01, 2000

Regalbuto wins Schultz Excellence Award



By AL DITZEL / Staff Writer


While his high school career has ended, awards continue to go the way of Hedgesville graduate Anthony Regalbuto.

The Herald-Mail's co-wrestler of the year learned in late May that he had been named the National Wrestling Hall of Fame's Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award for the state of West Virginia.

"I really didn't know much about it when I got a letter from them, but after reading about it, it's really quite an honor,'' said Regalbuto.

The National Hall of Fame and Museum notified the media last week.

"I needed to send some stuff back to them right away,'' Regalbuto said. "I hadn't heard from them again. They told me in the letter than my name will be engraved on a plaque that will be in the Hall of Fame (Stillwater, Okla.). I hope to get a chance to visit the Hall when we wrestle a meet in Oklahoma.''

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Regalbuto, much like he has for the last few years, is training three days a week. Instead of preparing for a scholastic season, the two-time West Virginia state champion, who posted a 160-7 career record, is preparing to wrestle at West Virginia University.

"I'm not doing anything different really,'' he said. "Maybe going a little harder and longer.''

Regalbuto received the Dutton Award this year as the state's best wrestler and was also selected Tri-State Wrestler of the Year. He was also named to the Wrestling USA All-America squad, and is only the fourth athlete in school history to have his uniform retired.

Regalbuto has hopes of cracking the West Virginia starting lineup.

"I would have to get down to 141 (pounds),'' said Regalbuto, who currently weighs 157, but won his state title this year at 145. "Over the next couple of weeks, I'll step up my training and watch my weight a little more.

"If I can get down to 150 and feel comfortable, then I think I can get to 141. If not, then I'll most likely red-shirt."

The award is named for Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz, who was murdered in 1996. Schultz's career highlights include 1984 Olympic champion, 1983 world champion, three-time world silver medalist, and two-time world bronze medalist. He was a Goodwill Games champion in 1986, a Pan American Games champion in 1987, and a World Cup champion in four times.

"I never saw (Schultz) wrestle in person, but I saw him on TV,'' Regalbuto said. "It's really a great honor.''

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