April 3, 2017
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association will induct three former University of Pittsburgh wrestlers to the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Sunday, April 9. Lee Hall, Justin Nestor and George O'Korn form the trio of former Pitt wrestlers among a class of eleven former wrestlers, coaches, and/or contributors.
The PWCA Class of 2017 marks the 48th consecutive year that the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association has inducted a class of deserving individuals spanning back to 1970.
Held at the Ramada Inn and Convention Center in State College, the festivities begin at 12:30 p.m. with a hospitality hour. The banquet will follow at 1:30 p.m., with induction of new members starting promptly at 2:30 p.m.
Hall, a 1965 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, receives the honor as both a wrestler and contributor. Hall competed for hall of fame coach Rex Peery where he finished second in the 1964 EIWA Championships. His career record at Pitt was 48-6, serving as team captain in 1965 and named Most Valuable Wrestler on the team that same year. Hall was a three-year letter winner at Pitt. He had an illustrious high school career as well, wrestling at Hughesville High School and valedictorian of the 1960 class. Hall compiled a 65-5 record competing for the Spartans, and won the 165 lb. state title in 1960. He later transitioned into coaching the sport. At Charleroi High School, he amassed a 142-149-4 record from 1967-1984, coaching 25 sectional champions and 5 WPIAL champions. He served as athletic director at Charleroi from 1984-1997 and was a member of the WPIAL Wrestling Steering Committee 1985-1998. He has also given back to the sport through refereeing, and was PIAA-certified in the WPIAL for 23 years. Hall became a member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame, recognized in the 2004 class.
Nestor was a four-year starter at the University of Pittsburgh, finishing with a 118-57 record and 35 pins, the latter of which sits fourth in Pitt wrestling history. Nestor was a four-time NCAA qualifier and placed four times in the EWL Championships, winning the EWL title in 2006 at 165 pounds. He also placed third in 2003 and 2004 and fourth in 2005. Nestor received an assortment of awards at Pitt, including Most Improved Wrestler for the 2002-03 season, Ironman Award in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and Outstanding Wrestler in 2005-06. Before coming to Pitt, Nestor created quite the accomplished resume at Reynolds High School. He was a four-time section champion, a three-time District 10 champion and three-time Northwest Regional champion. He was also a four-time PIAA state place winner and a three-time Class AA state champion in 1998, 2000, and 2001. In 2001, Nestor was voted Class AA Outstanding Wrestler at the state tournament. As a freshman he captured the 135 pound title, and captured state titles at 145 pounds his junior and senior years. In high school, Nestor amassed a 153-11 win-loss record, highlighted by a 39-1 mark his junior campaign. In 2011, Justin was inducted into the Reynolds High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
O'Korn was a three-year letterman in wrestling at Pitt, qualifying for the NCAA Division I Tournament twice. He also played football at Pitt, playing quarterback and defensive back and was a two-year letterman in the sport. He made the Pitt baseball team as well, but an injury nixed him being a three-sport letterman. He graduated from Pitt in 1978 with a B.S. degree in Communications. Prior to Pitt, O'Korn attended Canon-McMillan high school and graduated in 1973. O'Korn was one of Canon-McMillan's all-time great athletes, earning nine varsity letters in football, wrestling, and baseball. O'Korn was a two-time WPIAL champion and a two-time PIAA state champion. He captured his first state title in 1972, a 165 pound junior. He repeated as a senior in the same weight class. O'Korn compiled an 81-5 scholastic record and was named to the Scholastic Wrestling News' All-American team in 1973. In football he was Western Conference MVP, All-WPIAL and Honorable Mention All-State as quarterback.
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