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Frank Wadas Memorial Scholarship


Frank Wadas

Frank Wadas was a lifelong leader in the sport of wrestling in the State of Pennsylvania. Frank was married to Patricia Gorda Wadas for 53 years and has three children, Mark, Tara, and Matthew. He graduated from Dallas High School in 1964 and then from Mansfield University in 1968 with a BA in Secondary Education & Biology. He taught in the Tunkhannock Area School District where he spent his first four years as Assistant Wrestling Coach before taking over as the TAHS Head Wrestling Coach for the remainder of his 32 years. Frank had an impressive career in the sport of wrestling. His Tigers won two Suburban League Championships (1978/1979), the Lackawanna League Championship (1982), the Wyoming League Championship (1985), and the AAA Tournament of Champions (2003). Frank retired in 2014 with 329 wins during his 32 years as Coach.

Frank was inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003 for his dedication to the sport of wrestling. Then in 2007, Frank was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for his 40+ year career in officiating wrestling, baseball, and softball. Finally, in 2016, Frank was honored thy being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

In addition to coaching, Frank served as the Tournament Director for the Tunkhannock Holiday Wrestling Tournament and for several MAWA District events. Frank also spent over four decades leading the District 2 & 12 Wrestling Coaches Associations, 14 of those years as President. Finally, Frank was instrumental in his role here at the PWCA serving 43 years on the PWCA Executive Board of Directors including many years on the Convention & Clinic Committee, the Brute Select Cup,  the Scholarship Selection Committee, as as Treasurer. He will be greatly missed by the PWCA and the entire Pennsylvania Wrestling Community.

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