2017-08-02 / School News

BSHS 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Josh Waugh

by Jamie Harris

In the past four years since the inception of the Berkeley Springs High School Athletic Hall of Fame each year wrestling seems to find individuals who have earned their fame on the mat. This year the Class of 2017 is no different as two wrestling state champions have taken their rightful place in the BSHS Athletic Hall of Fame starting with Josh Waugh.

Waugh who was a 1997 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School was not only a wrestling standout, but also dominated on the football field and in track and field.

On the gridiron, Waugh was an All-Area punter in 1996, All Conference Lineman in 1995 and 1996, and Second Team All-State as a lineman in 1995 and in 1996. Waugh earned First Team All-State honors again for his dominating work as a lineman for the Berkeley Springs Indians football team.

In track Waugh earned All- Conference honors in the shot and discus. Waugh then picked up a fifth place finish in the shot put at the Class AA WV State Track & Field Championships in the spring of 1997.

However, it was on the wrestling mat under the coaching of Hall of Fame coach Horace Blankenship that Waugh was a “Beast on the Mat.” Wrestling in the heavyweight class Waugh was a three time Potomac Valley Conference champion, Class AA Region II runner up in 1995 and 1996, Class AA Region II champion in 1997, Class AA State Runner-up in 1995 and 1996, and the 1997 Class AA State Wrestling Champion.

Entering the 1997 wrestling season Waugh was a man on a mission. Match by match Waugh dominated his competition and entered the 1997 Class AA WV State Wrestling Championships with a perfect 44-0 record. In the first round Waugh decimated Leslie Midcap of Cameron in 38 seconds. In the championship quarterfinals Waugh pinned Vinson’s Gunner Greene in only 27 seconds.

In the championship semifinals Waugh had to work a little longer, but once again recorded a first period pin of Oak Glenn’s Alex McClung in 1:49. Heading into the championship finals Waugh brought his perfect 47-0 record and a final chance to capture state gold to championship stage. Needing only 1:35 Waugh easily pinned Frankfort’s Bill Andrews to put the final exclamation point on an undefeated season.

In four matches at the state wrestling championships Waugh pinned all four of his opponents and wrestled just over five minutes total on his dominating run.

By the time Waugh graduated from Berkeley Springs High School he had earned all-state honors six times in wrestling, football and track. With accolades like that it was an easy decision for the Hall of Fame committee to select Josh Waugh to the Class of 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame.

Upon his graduation from high school Waugh attended West Liberty University where he graduated in 2001. Currently Waugh is living in Boynton Beach, Fla. where he is a real estate agent for Waugh’s Real Estate.

The Berkeley Springs High School Athletic Hall of Fame will have their induction ceremony on Saturday, September 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the high school auditorium. The Class of 2017 Hall of Fame members will be introduced at half time of the Indians and Francis Scott Key football game Friday, September 8 at 7:45 p.m.

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