1965-66 Bishop Kearney Kings Wrestling Team
ROW: Rich Moll, Ed Habza, Tom Bailey, Mike Callan, Glen Barnard.
ROW: Tom Ciaccio, Gene Oberst, Greg Brown, Al Ozminkowski, Art
Rogers, Rich Palmer, Pat Walsch, Terry Mather (head coach).
ROW: Ron Rucker (asst. coach), Dan Oberst, Pete Scott, Don Vella,
Phil Dollard, John Numetko, Tony Joy, Tom Garney (manager).
"The mark of a
great team is its ability to bounce back after heartbreaking
disappointment. The BK varsity wrestling team has proved its
greatness. Having won its first seven meets, the team suffered two
close defeats, shattering hopes for an undefeated season. Undaunted
by these setbacks, the Kings rebounded in their final three matches,
taking victories with the cumulative total of 118-12!
doubts about BK's superiority over other area teams were dispelled
at the Eastridge Christmas Tournament. Here the Kings took tourney
honors as the edged out seven other squads, including the host team
and Madison, county and city champs, respectively. The grapplers
further attested to their prowess as they garnered the New York
State Catholic Championship, beating their nearest rival by almost
The only tournament letdown came in the Leo
Tournament in Chicago, where the matmen had to settle for a second
place finish. Nonetheless, it was a strong second, considering the
caliber of the opposition, which came from many parts of the
In dual matches, BK added to this great record by
defeating such local powers as Eastridge, Irondequoit, Franklin, and
McQuaid. There were, unfortunately, two losses ―― one to Ithaca, the
other to East Rochester, but valid excuses can be presented in the
defense of the team's showings. Adverse weather conditions prevented
practicing for a week, and a key performer was injured. Head Coach
Terry Mather offers no alibis, however, most likely because he can
look forward to next year's bright prospects, when he will have
eight returning starters, besides members of a junior varsity team
which posted a record of 12-2."
(Bishop Kearney High School Yearbook,