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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Former Ardmore coach Dabbs into Wrestling Hall of Fame

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  • Former Ardmore coach Richard Dabbs will be one of seven contributors to the sport of wrestling honored Oct. 13 by the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
     
    Dabbs, Dr. Gary Breece, Tom Frohnapfel, Charlie Gomez, Thomas Holland, Lee Roy Smith, Jr., and Robert Zweiacher will be honored at a banquet and induction ceremony in Oklahoma City at the Jim Thorpe Museum. A reception hour will begin at 3 p.m. with dinner and the ceremony to follow at 4 p.m.
     
    Reservations are $50 per person and are available online at www.ok-nwhof.ticketleap.com and are being accepted at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater.
     
    Dabbs was the head wrestling coach at Anadarko High School from 1983-2001, at Sulphur High School from 2004-2008 and at Ardmore High School from 2008-2013. Highlights of his career include a 277-121 high school varsity dual meet record, a state dual team championship and one runner-up finish and 11 district dual championships. His teams finished in the top 10 at the state championships 10 times. He also coached 11 individual state champions, 55 state place winners, three high school All-Americans and five individuals who were All-Americans in USA Wrestling freestyle and Greco-Roman competition. Included in Dabbs’s list of champion wrestlers is his son, Eric, a four-time state finalist, who won the state tournament as a junior and as a senior (2000-2001). Eric went undefeated both seasons and was named 3A Wrestler-of-the-Year. In 1993, Coach Dabbs was named 3A Wrestling-Coach-of-the-Year and was selected to coach in the All-State meet .
     
    Six of this year’s honorees will be inducted with Lifetime Service to Wrestling Awards, an honor given annually to those coaches, officials and contributors who have given a minimum of 20 years of service to the sport of wrestling, to their communities, and, most importantly, to the young people they have coached, taught and inspired. Dr. Gary Breece will receive the Outstanding American Award, an honor given to those who have succeeded outside of wrestling but attribute part of that success to the values they learned in wrestling.
     
    To register for the banquet go to www.ok-nwhof.ticketleap.com or call (405) 377-5243.
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