Sheridan, Leavitt Inducted into Wrestling, Track & Field Halls of Fame
A pair of legendary Mercersburg alumni—Larry Sheridan ’51 and Bob Leavitt (1903)—have been chosen for enshrinement in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame, respectively.
Sheridan won the National Prep Wrestling title at 154 pounds while representing Mercersburg in 1950 and later wrestled for Lehigh University; his father, Billy, spent more than four decades as Lehigh’s head coach and is credited with founding the National Prep tournament in the 1930s. Following his graduation from Lehigh, Larry Sheridan spent more than 20 years as a wrestling official and nearly 30 years as a wrestling commentator. He covered the EIWA and PIAA wrestling finals on an annual basis and also announced several East-West duals and Russia vs. USA matches.
Sheridan is already a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Pennsylvania chapter, as well as the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and the PIAA District XI Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the EIWA Hall of Fame March 9 in Binghamton, N.Y.
“Larry has dedicated much of his life to the sport of wrestling, so this is a well-deserved honor for him,” says Mercersburg director of athletics Rick Hendrickson, who spent 15 years as the school’s wrestling coach. “He has always kept Mercersburg—where he was a national champion—in his heart. We see him every year at the National Prep Tournament at Lehigh.”
Sheridan was chair of the EIWA’s Hall of Fame Committee for 17 years. Before retirement, he worked in real estate for Bethlehem Steel, the Lehigh Valley (ABE) International Airport, and Marquard Real Estate. He continues to live in his hometown of Bethlehem, Pa.
Leavitt was the first of Mercersburg’s 12 Olympic gold medalists, winning the gold in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1906 Summer Olympic Games (also known as the Intercalated Games) in Athens, Greece. He also set Pennsylvania state and U.S. interscholastic records in the 120-yard and 220-yard hurdles.
Leavitt, who died in 1954 at age 70, was officially inducted into the PTFCA Hall of Fame February 24 in State College, Pa. He is one of 11 members of the PTFCA Hall of Fame with Mercersburg ties, joining Lee Talbott (1907), Ted Meredith (1912), Al Robinson (1914), Allen Woodring (1918), Bill Cox ’24, Bill Carr ’29, Eddie Morgan ’39, Charles Moore ’47, Rolando Cruz ’60, and Jimmy Curran (Mercersburg’s legendary head track & field coach from 1910-1961).
Like Leavitt, Talbott, Meredith, Woodring, Cox, Carr, Moore, and Cruz were Olympians; Meredith (two golds), Woodring (one gold), Cox (one bronze), Carr (two golds), and Moore (one gold, one silver) won Olympic medals (as did Leavitt).
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