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Wrestling

  • Bryan Bishop

    Career Highlights

    • The "Elmer Engel" of Bay City Central Wrestling
    • Bishop has been a fixture on the Central sports scene for 40 years.
    • Varsity Wrestling Coach - 26 seasons, posting a 508-268-4 dual record from 1989-2014.
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He helped produce 63 Bay County champions, 39 Saginaw Valley League champions and 15 state medalists, including 1996 state champion Eric Johnson. 

    • Bishop led the Wolves to five SVL titles and four district crowns. 


    • Assistant Bay City Central football coach - posting a 203-97 record with eight SVL championships as an assistant coach since 1983. 


    • Bishop served as head JV coach the past 12 seasons.
    • He also spent 15 years as a track and field coach.
    • As a 1980 Central graduate, he exceled in football and wrestling and went on to play football at Albion College.

  • Charlie Beaver

    Charlie Beaver

    For 25 years, Beaver carried the torch and showed the way for youth wrestlers of Bay County. He served as president of the Bay County Road Runners youth wrestling club, introducing hundreds of kids to the sport and paving the way to spectacular careers. He helped launch the Mid-Michigan Wrestling Association and the Northeast Michigan Wrestling Association, expanding opportunities for kids across the state. Beaver died in 2020 at the age of 77.

  • Clarence Whipp

    Inducted 2001

    Career
    Highlights

    • Handy Coach - Basketball, Football, Golf & Wrestling
    • Western High - Basketball, Football, Golf & Wrestling
    • University of Maryland - All American Football & Lacross
    • Boxing Champ - Southern Conference -- 1947
    • State of Michigan Golf & Wrestling Official
    • Passed Away in 2000
  • Dean Oswald

    Inducted 2007

    Career
    Highlights

    • Little League 'Pony' Federation Baseball
    • Pee Wee Jr. Sr. Mens Ice Hockey, Flag Football Mens Sr. League Bay City
    • Varsity Wrestling , Baseball T.L. Handy
    • Amateur Boxer 1957-68 Pro Boxer 1968-79.
    • Coached Boxing 1965-79. Started Jr. Olympics.
    • U.S.A. Boxing Coach 1977-78-79, Originator of Toughman Contest 1979, Pro Spar Partner
    • Operates Oswalds Bear Ranch Since 1984

  • Dick Corcoran

    Inducted 2011

    Career
    Highlights

    • Bay City St. Mary All State Football 1958 - 1960
    • High School All American All Conference Basketball & Baseball
    • Hillsdale 1963 Football
    • Signed by Chicago Bears 1964
    • Pro Wrestling Career

    >> Click HERE to read the MLive story.

  • Doug Ruterbush

    Inducted 2011

    Career
    Highlights

    • Wrestling Coach 1968-1981 - Bay City Handy & Bay City Western
    • Career Record: 108 Wins, 22 Losses, 1 Draw
    • Eight Time Champion Saginaw Valley League
    • His Teams - Only One Dual Loss Between 1971-1975

    >> Click HERE to read the MLive story.

  • Ed Langenburg

    Inducted 2000

    Career
    Highlights

    • BC Handy All Conference Football 1958-59
    • All-State Honorable Mention - Football - 1958-59
    • Central Michigan - All Conference Wrestling 1960
    • Wrestling Coach - Bay City Central
    • Wrestling Coach Bay City Handy
    • Michigan Wrestling Hall of Fame 1993


  • Gary Frieders

    Inducted 1998

    Career
    Highlights

    • Bay City Central 1960-64 / Football, Wrestling, Tennis
    • Earned Full Football Scholarship to U of Missouri
    • Missouri - 1964-68 / Football & Wrestling
    • 1966 Sugar Bowl Starter - Offensive Guard
    • 1966 Sugar Bowl - Bell Trophy Winner
    • 15 Yr Wrestling Coach - BCC - 3 Conference Championships
  • John Engel

    Inducted 2002

    Career
    Highlights

    • All Valley and All State Football 1969-70
    • BCC Wrestling Co-Captain 1970
    • Cheboygan Football Coach 1974-80
    • Football Coach Bay City Western - Vally Champ 1985
    • Football Coach - Saginaw High - State Champ in 1999
    • BCC Co-Athlete of the Year - 1969-70
  • Karl Briggs

    Karl Briggs

    Career
    Highlights

    • Bay City Western High School State Wrestling Champ 1974
    • University of Michigan 4 Year Letterman 1974-1978
    • Captain University of Michigan Wrestling Team 1978
    • 4th Place Finish in the Big Ten Wrestling 1977
    • Saginaw Valley State University Head Wrestling Coach
      -- Top 20 National Finish
      -- 3 All Americans 1980-1983
    • Founder of MBS Jets Girls Softball Organization

      Click HERE To Read MLive Article.
    • Michael "Mike" Gaken

      Inducted 2012

      Career
      Highlights

      • Member CMU Top Ten National Wrestling Teams -- 1972-73
      • 28 Year Wrestling Coach - Pinconning
      • Coached 478 Team Match Wins
      • Coached 11 Conference Titles, 7 District Titles
      • Winningest Wrestling Coach in Bay County History
      • Top 10 Winningest Coaches in Michigan Wrestling History

      >> Click HERE to read the MLive story.

    • O'NEIL, DAVID (2017)

      Name David O'Neil Address 19815 Sauk trail Sport(s) wrestling, boxing, football, mixed martial arts Telephone 13604036884 High School Awards undefeated high school state champion in wrestling with a record of 43 and 0 and a 4-time bay county champion. in football, he was a 1st team all-conference TVC east defensive end College Awards while in college O'Neil compete in mixed martial arts (cage fighting) was ranked first in the state and had over 21 wins. and in boxing. he had 5 wins and beat the Michigan state boxing champion in a 3 round decision Professional Teams and Awards Short Biographical Background oneil has volunteered time coaching youth and high school wrestlers since 2008 every year. he has help coach several youth and high school all-state and state champion wrestlers. he joined the navy and moved to Washington state and coached Arlington Washington high school team to a team state title in wrestling. he is a master at arms petty officer first class in the US Navy. If this person is nominated, would he/she be available for the awards ceremony? YES Name of Local Person to Contact -- Jim or Carol Oneil 9898936992 Essexville Garber senior David O'Neil -- 2008 regular season matchup in the Tri-Valley Conference East Division. O'Neil finished his senior year in perfection, however, winning 2-1 for a 43-0 record. PHOTO CUTLINE Essexville Garber's David O'Neil controls Birch Run's Earl Leach during the 285-pound division 3 state championship match at the Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday. O'Neil defeated Leach 2-1.
    • Patrick O'Shea

      Inducted 2009

      Career
      Highlights

      • Bay City Handy Football, Wrestling 1971-1975
      • Two Time Class A Golden Helmet Player of The Year 1973-1974
      • Two Time All Valley Fullback 1973-1974
      • All State Fullback-Linebacker 1974
      • Central Michigan University Football 1975
      Click HERE To Read MLive Article.
    • Ray Duch

      Inducted 2010

      Career
      Highlights

      • Football & Wrestling Coach at Bay City Central
      • 4 Year Football Player at CMU
      • Coached Rick Czap to State Wrestling Championship 1961
      • Superintendent of Bay City Public Schools
      • Assistant Football Coach to Art Nixon & Elmer Engel During 37 Year Coaching, Teaching Career

      >> Click HERE to read the MLive story.

    • Rick & Scott Rechsteiner

      Inducted 2010

      Career
      Highlights

      • Bay City Western High School Wrestling Stars 1976-1980
      • U of Michigan Stars *Scott - All American 1986 *Rick- Fastest Pin (15 sec) in U of M history
      • WCW Heavyweight Tag Team Champs (6 times)
      • WWF Heavyweight Tag Team Champs
      • IWJP Tag Team Champs
      • World Heavyweight Champion WCW, WWF

      >> Click HERE to read the MLive story.

    • Rick Czap

      Inducted 2002

      Career
      Highlights

      • State Champ - Heavyweight Wrestling
      • All-State Tackle in Football
      • 3 Year Defensive Starter - Nebraska Football
      • All Big 8 Defensive Tackle
      • Associated Press Lineman of the Week
      • Shot Put State Finalist
    • Steven G. Goss

      Inducted 1997

      Career
      Highlights

      • Bay City Western High School - 1978 Michigan State Finals - 3rd Place
      • 1979-1983 Central Michigan University NCAA All-American, Most Valuable Wrestler, 108 Career Wins
      • USA Wrestling -- 11-Plus State Championships
      • USA Wrestling -- 12 Year All-American
      • 1983 USA National Champion
      • 1985 Olympic Festival Gold Medal Winner
    • Tom Muir

      Inducted 2013

      Career
      Highlights

      >> Click HERE to read the MLive story.

    • Tony Grant

      Inducted 2015

      Career
      Highlights

      • Started all 23 games in 2000 and 2001 at Michigan State University
      • Named MSU Co-Special Teams Player of the Year 2001
      • Academic All-Big Ten in 2000 and 2001 and Academic All-American Nominee in 2001
      • Rated the #1 Long Snapper in College Football 2001; Signed by the Washington Redskins in the 2002 NFL Draft
      • Received 8 Varsity Letters at Western High School in Football, Wrestling & Baseball
      • Football 1996 Team Captain, 1st Team All-Saginaw Valley, Golden Helmet Recipient, Midland Area Dream Team, Detroit Free Press All State and Starter in the East/West All Star Game
      • Wrestling Four-Year Starter at Heavyweight, 1996 Team Captain, Two-Time All-State (4th Place in 1997), 133 All-Time Wins
      • 1996-1997 Western High School Scholar Athlete of the Year and Detroit Free Press Scholar Athlete
      Click HERE To Read MLive Article.

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