The Oxford Area High School (OAHS) Sports Wall of Fame banquet is just around the corner. On Monday, September 29, the evening will begin with dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, followed by the Induction Ceremony in the auditorium at 7:30 p.m.Inductee Josh Weitzel, class of 2003, will long be remembered as one of the top wrestlers to graduate from OAHS. He will be one of five graduates who have been selected to be inducted into the Sports Wall of Fame.

Among his many accomplishments is a total of 150 wins on the wrestling mat at OAHS. He was coached during his high school career by Scott Gold, who has served as Oxford's wrestling coach for many decades and is a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Wall of Fame. Josh was a three year team captain and four year sectional champion in his weight class. He was also a three year district champion and finished second in the state championship during both his junior and senior year.

This hard work enabled Weitzel to receive an athletic scholarship to Division 1 University of Michigan where he became a national qualifier during his sophomore year. His final two collegiate years were spent at University of Oklahoma, where he was again a national qualifier both years in his weight class.

Weitzel received many honors while in college including 2008 Big 12 commissioners honor roll; academic first team by the Big 12 conference; named outstanding wrestler of Oklahoma University wrestling team; and named Big 12 wrestler of the week in February 2008. He was twice a Big 12 all-academic honoree.

This is a strong group of athletes that will be honored. In addition to Weitzel, other inductees for 2008 include Palmer Watkins, class of 1946, Pat Owens McCardell, class of 1960, John Peter Wolf, Jr., class of 1966, and Drew Eckman, class of 2003. The public is encouraged and invited to attend this wonderful annual event.

There is no charge to attend the ceremony; tickets, costing $10 each, are required to attend the dinner, and can be obtained at Howett's Screen Printing in Oxford or by calling Bill Ringler at 610.932.8480.

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