Shadyside’s Grinch named 2019 Mr. Mat

SHADYSIDE — John Grinch is a 1970 graduate from Dubois High School in Dubois, Pennsylvania. After high school, he attended Clarion University and graduated with a degree in education. He began his teaching and coaching career at Wintersville High School.

He coached both football and wrestling. He was the Junior High wrestling coach under Dick Edge in 1975, and then served as varsity assistant under Gus Huber in 1976-77.

He became the head wrestling coach at Wintersville from 1977 through the 1980 wrestling season.

In 1980, Grinch took a teaching and coaching job at Shadyside High School. Along with coaching football, he was an assistant under head coach Terry Brinker for the 1980-1981 wrestling season. Grinch took over the Shadyside wrestling program in 1981. He remained head coach for 11 seasons through 1992.

During his time as head wrestling coach, he coached 30 OVAC placers, three OVAC champions, 21 Ohio State qualifiers, 11 Ohio State placers, and two Ohio State champions. His teams won three class A titles at the OVAC Wrestling Tournament. His 1986 and 1989 teams both finished in the top 10 in Division III at the Ohio State Wrestling Tournament.

Grinch resigned from the head wrestling job after the 1992 wrestling season to become Shadyside’s head football coach. He served as head football coach for six seasons before resigning. In 1999, he came back as head assistant for Shadyside’s head wrestling coach John Haswell. He served as assistant wrestling coach from 1999-2004. After Haswell resigned in 2004, Grinch took over the reins of the Tiger program again for two seasons from 2005-2006.

All together, Grinch has coached more than 30 years of wrestling, along with 42 years of football. At the age of 65, he still remains as defensive line coach for the Shadyside football team. Over the past 35 years, Grinch has run many wrestling tournaments at Shadyside for the high school, junior high, and Shadyside’s youth program. He has influenced many young men on and off the mat by being a positive role model who led by example.

Currently, Grinch is employed by Shadyside Local Schools as their Technology Coordinator and EMIS Coordinator. He currently resides in Shadyside with his wife Penny. The couple have three sons, Paul, Sean and Chase.