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Dugan to be elected to PA Wrestling Hall of Fame
Saturday, April 12, 2008
STATE COLLEGE - Former PIAA state champion and Moshannon Valley alum Mark Dugan has been selected for election as a member of the Class of 2008 into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame.

The 39th induction class will be enshrined at a banquet and ceremonies to be held at the Ramada Inn in State College on May 3.

Dugan is a 1978 graduate of Moshannon Valley and a 1984 graduate of the University of Maryland with a B.S. in health and physical education. At Mo Valley, Dugan accumulated a record of 97-9-1. He was a two-time District 6 champ, a two-time Northwest Regional champion and a two-time PIAA Class AA champion at 112 and 119 pounds, respectively.

He was named the Outstanding Wrestler for Pennsylvania in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic and was named to the "Dream Team" at 119 lbs. During his high school career, Dugan was active in post-season competition. He was a 1973 Junior Wrestling state champion. In 1976, he won both the National AAU Elite Division championships and traveled to Turkey as part of the U.S. National High School Team. Dugan was both a Middle Atlantic AAU Freestyle and Greco-Roman champion in 1978.

At the University of Maryland, Mark compiled a career record of 74-24. In 1983, he was coach at Moshannon Valley. From 1994 until the present, he has been co-editor of "Off The Mat Weekly Rankings and Results." For the past 17 years he has been an independent financial consultant.

He resides in Morann with his wife Vicki and children Sarah, Bridget and Patrick Haney.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a hospitality hour, followed by the buffet meal at 6 and the induction ceremonies at 7:30.

Tickets for the event are $28.95 and can be purchased by contacting Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association chairman Norm Palovcsik at 570-748-8887 or 570-295-3795, or by email at .

Other inductees include former Chestnut Ridge wrestling coach Jim Clark; two-time PIAA champ for Lock Haven High School Maynard August; former Penn State wrestler David Becker; 1972 PIAA champion at 127 lbs Alan Housner; former Shaler wrestling coach Rick LaFerriere; King's College wrestling coach and founder Ned McGinley; former Princeton wrestler and PIAA champ John Sefter; former Penn State wrestler and football player Larry Suhey; and former Navy wrestler Don Thomas.

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