Buckeye West grad inducted to Ohio Wresting Officials Hall of Fame

COLUMBUS — A former Ohio Valley resident received a prestigious award prior to the championship finals of the 81st annual Ohio state wrestling tournament Saturday night at Value City Arena inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University.

Scott Myers, a 1976 Buckeye West graduate, was inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Officials Hall of Fame. He started his officiating career in the Columbus area 30 years ago before transferring to the Mad River Association when he and his wife, Janet, purchased a farm in South Vienna.

“It’s a great honor,” Myers said. “I’m very proud to have been nominated.”

Myers actually got his start as a coach in Harrison County.

“John Stephenson was a big influence on my career. He helped me out a lot,” Myers noted. “Then I moved to the Columbus area and started officiating. I guess the rest is history.”

One of Myers’ youth wrestlers back then was Paul Coffland, who happened to be one of three Ohio Valley Athletic Conference officials working the three-day event.

“Paul was about 50 pounds and had wee little arms,” Myers recalled. “Look at him today. He’s grown into a fine young man.”

Myers’ work as an official was quickly recognized as a district tournament referee before moving on to the state level for many years. A student of the rules and mechanics, he has been the rules interpreter for the Mad River association for more than 10 years. He has also presented at the OWOA clinic several times.

A very popular official, both with the coaches and fellow officials, Myers was awarded the prestigious Tony Montonaro Award by the Central District Officials. the NFIOA Ohio Official of the Year in 2017, and this year he was the Honoree at the Sally George Invitational in Marion.

During the spring and summer, Myers competes as a calf roper in the Mid States Rodeo Association where he has captured the annual championship on two occasions.

Congratulations in Order

Wheeling Jesuit University’s Terrance Fanning became the Cardinals first-ever NCAA Division II national wrestling champion. The red-shirt junior from Preston County High School did so over the weekend at the nationals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Bruceton Mills, W.Va., native defeated No. 1 ranked Cameron Teacher of Notre Dame College in the championship match, 8-2. Teacher is a sophomore from Columbus where he attended Grove City Central Crossing High School.

WJU’s Tyler Warner, a freshman from Claymont High School, also placed seventh at 141..

West Liberty’s 133-pound junior Darius Bunch also earned all-american honors with a fourth-place finish.

NCAA D-I Nationals at The Q

Ohio State can make it back-to-back national wrestling championships with a strong performance this weekend at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The Buckeyes qualified all 10 team members.

Steubenville graduate Tariq Wilson also qualified through the ACC with North Carolina State.