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Dave Riggs - 1974
Dave holds the distinction of being the first wrestler to compete on the mat for Erwine Junior High School at 70 pounds. He is also Coventry High’s first state champion and runner up. Dave holds a career individual record of 63-4. He received an athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona where he continued his wrestling career. While at Arizona, Dave was a four-year varsity wrestler and Team Captain. Dave was a PAC-10 Conference runner-up and competed in the Olympic trials in 1980. After his wrestling career ended, Dave took up coaching. He has been coaching wrestling on the high school level for twenty-eight years, twenty-two of those years as a head coach. Dave’s record is very impressive, to say the least. As a head coach, he has produced eighteen state champions. Dave’s teams have won 214 matches over his career. While at coaching at Massillon Perry High School, Dave has helped to lead the Panthers to thirteen Federal League Titles.
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