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Garfield Heights High School
Class of 1966

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Wrestling Team Photograph
Bottom Row: Bob Simrak (127), Captain Mike Rubin(120), Irland Tashima (112), Chuck Angello, Len Angello (103). Middle Row: Manager Jeff Steckle, Geoffrey Karny , Chris Geiser (154), Tony Nelli, Foster Kestranek, Novello, Coach Jeff Lewis. Third Row: Al Neubert, Rich Karwan, Bob Mirous (145), Ray D'Eusanio, John Dombos (175). Not Shown: John Caral, Frank Federico (133), Bruce Marich, and Manager Ken Nowak. (Note: Members of the Class of 1966 are shown in italics and known weight classes are in parentheses.)

Greater Cleveland Conference
(Bedford, Berea, Eastlake North, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Midpark)

Season Record (9-2)  Conference Record (3-2)
Dates   Scores
Sat. December 4, 1965
Fri. December 10, 1965
Sat. December 18, 1965
Wed. December 29, 1965
Thurs. December 30, 1965

Fri. January 7, 1966
Sat. January 15, 1966
Sat. January 22, 1966
Fri. January 28, 1966
Thurs. February 3, 1966
Wed. February 9, 1966
Sat. February 12, 1966
Fri. February 18, 1966
February 25 & 26, 1966
March 3 & 4, 1966
March 11 & 12, 1966
  Garfield Heights 18
Garfield Heights 31
Garfield Heights 29
(Brecksville Tourney)
(Brecksville Tourney)

Garfield Heights 28
Garfield Heights 6
Garfield Heights 19
Garfield Heights 28
Garfield Heights 11
Garfield Heights 31
Garfield Heights 26
Garfield Heights 20
(Sectional Tournament)
(District Tournament)
(State Tournament)
Euclid 17
University School 6
South 11
Garfield Heights 35
6th place out of 20

Cleveland Heights 13
Maple Heights 29
Eastlake North 18
Midpark 8
Bedford 24
Western Reserve 6
Berea 9
Mayfield 18
Score n/a: 2nd place
Score n/a: 3rd place
Score 11: 17th Place


Under the leadership of first year coach Jeff Lewis, the talented and spirited Garfield Heights varsity wrestlers made the 1965-1966 campaign one to be long rememebered. Their 9-2 record overall was the best since the 1938 matmen went 7-1. With a 3-2 Greater Cleveland Conference record, the grapplers finished in third place. 1965-1966 ScheduleIn post-season competition, Garfield Heights placed second in the Sectional and third in the District while seniors Mike Rubin and Al Neubert helped the Bulldogs place 17th out of 351 at the State level.

Mike Rubin earned the right to compete in the 120-pound division of the Ohio State Interscholastic Wrestling Tournament by placing first in the District. In the first round, Rubin upset defending State Champion Dick Meyer of Toledo 2-1. Then, after defeating Pete Chakeris 3-1 in the quarter-finals, Rubin earned a hard fought 7-6 decision over Tom Porter of Toledo Macomber in the semifinals to qualify for the championship match. In that match and in front of 6000 spectators in The Ohio State University's St. John Arena, Rubin took a 2-1 lead into the third period, but lost the match 5-2 to Bob Buddie of John Marshall for a second place finish in the State.

Al Neubert qualified for the State tournament in the 138-pound weight class by placing second in the District. Neubert defeated Bob Milligen 4-2 in the first round, but lost to eventual State Champion Bill Ennemoser 5-0 in the quarter finals. Following his disappointing loss, Neubert remarked: "It was a thrilling experience just to go to Columbus."

At the annual All-Sports Banquest, Rubin was honored as the team's MVP and Neubert was given the trophy for Garfield's most improved wrestler by posting a 9-2 record after finishing 2-6 as a junior. The MVP trophy was donated by the Garfield Heights Kiwanis.

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Did You Know...

At 165 pounds, Foster Kestranek held the dubious distinction of having gained more weight during his four years of wrestling at Garfield than any other senior. Back in 9th grade, Kestranek weighed only 115 pounds.

Mike Rubin's greatest thrill came not in State competition, but during a tension-filled match with Euclid. Garfield was ahead by four with one match to go when heavyweight Rich Karwan had to face an opponent who was all too capable of scoring a pin for enough team points to give Euclid the victory. Although he lost the match, Karwan kept from being pinned and preserved Garfield's first victory over Euclid in ten years.

Steve Rubin, who also had an outstanding wrestling career at Garfield, attended "The Ohio State University" after graduating in 1965. During his first year as a Buckeye, he was awarded the "Most Valuable Freshman" award.

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