Wrestling Returns to Temple University as a Club Sport
Monday, March 2, 2015
Posted by: Mattie Potter
For the first time since 1985 Temple University in Philadelphia has a wrestling team. Thanks to a generous donation from Temple alumnus Phil Richards, CEO of North Star Resource Group, wrestling has returned to the campus as a club sport. Richards received a wrestling scholarship and served as team captain for the Owls in the late 50’s and early 60’s on a wrestling scholarship. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009 and the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010.
The program’s rebirth finds it as part of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (“NCWA”), a non-profit association of more than 150 universities and colleges and other institutions that have come together. Many of the club teams were part of the NCAA, displaced by Title IX legislation.
“It’s incredible to be part of the rebirth of wrestling at Temple,” said Kurt Paroly, Temple’s head coach, who’s a life-long resident of the Philadelphia-area. “The response from the student-athletes that wanted to be a part of this club was overwhelming.” Paroly added, ““Special thanks go out to Phil Richards, Bob Ferraro of the National High School Coaches Association, Steve Young and Kevin Clark at Temple University, along with many other Temple Alumni and the wrestling community for all their hard work over the last 2 two years in order to make this happen. We are also very thankful for the Pennsylvania National Guard for loaning us wrestling mats to practice on this season.”
Over 40 student/athletes attended the first organizational meeting for the Temple University Wrestling Club. Almost all of them had high school wrestling experience. “It was awesome to hear that I would be able to wrestle at Temple,” said Mike Molz, Temple’s team captain, who wrestled four years at Abington High School in southeastern Pennsylvania. “The best part of this club is that we (the students) have tremendous responsibility to make sure it succeeds.”
Temple, which is part of the NCWA’s Mid-East Conference, is off to a 4-0 this season with wins over Lehigh University’s club team, Valley Forge Military College, Widener and Williamson School of Mechanical Trades.
“It gives me great joy to have a hand in wrestling returning to Temple,” said Phil Richards, who during his time at Temple served as Student Body President as a senior and won the prestigious Sword Award as outstanding senior classman. “The discipline that comes from the sport has been a key factor in my success as a businessman and I want to make sure that today’s student-athletes at Temple can benefit from all of the great things that come from the sport.”
“We are proud to be a part of providing an opportunity for temple students to continue their wrestling career in college,” said Robert Ferraro, Founder and CEO of the NHSCA. “The Temple wrestling club is the model for all colleges to emulate that do not offer a varsity wrestling program.”
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