December 10, 2010 |
He was the multimillionaire heir to one of the most fabluous estates in the Philadelphia region - the roughly 600 acres of rolling hills and horse stables near Newtown Square known as Foxcatcher Farm, anchored by a stately Georgian-style mansion called Liseter Hall. But in the end, the chemical-fortune scion John Eleuthere duPont died all alone, apparently of natural causes, in a western Pennsylvania prison cell where his frail and lifeless body was found at 6:55 a.m. yesterday. He was 72. DuPont's millions were powerless against the psychological demons that caused his slide into insanity - which led him to reportedly declare himself the red-robed "Dalai Lama of the United States" and finally to gun down a gold-medal-winning Olympic wrestler for no apparent reason.
February 7, 2003 |
Pitman's Mike Bellocchio was treated at South Jersey Hospital Systems-Elmer Division early yesterday and released after suffering a concussion and neck injury in Wednesday night's wrestling match, according to his coach, Wayne Murschell. "Mike was real tender in the neck area and complaining of pain," Murschell said. "X-rays were taken, and everything was OK. The doctors advised him not to go to school [yesterday]. "He's still shaken up, and his eyes were real dilated when I saw him. " Bellocchio was released from the hospital at 12:30 a.m. yesterday.
January 17, 2003 |
George Mason University junior Rob Becker, a Clearview High graduate, is the 19th-ranked collegiate wrestler in the nation in the 149-pound weight class. Becker won all four of his matches last weekend to improve his overall record to 15-4 and earn the national ranking by InterMat, an authoritative Internet site. Becker has placed in each of the tournaments in which Mason has competed, finishing second in the Beast of the East College Invitational, fourth in the East Stroudsburg Open, and seventh in the prestigious Las Vegas Invitational.
March 5, 1995 |
Spring-Ford's Tom Ingram continued to warm his game for the upcoming PIAA state meet by winning the 171-pound championship in impressive fashion last night at the Class AAA Southeastern Regional at Norristown. The undefeated junior saw most of his opponents duck him this winter; after Christmas, he had but three live bouts before the tournament season began. But Ingram, now 35-0 on the season, looked sharp in decking Neshaminy's Vic Hilleart in 3 minutes, 5 seconds to capture his second straight regional title.
January 5, 1999 |
After a wrestler places an impressive sixth in the state at 119 pounds in the PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament, other achievements may not have the same luster. Especially when they have a quality of inevitability to them. That was the case for Phoenixville senior Jason Meister on Dec. 28, when he attained the 100-victory mark for his career, becoming he first wrestler in his school's history to achieve the status. Meister, who is 13-0 this season at 130 pounds and owns a career record of 103-19, downplayed the achievement by noting that, in the past, freshmen often did not compete on the varsity level.
June 10, 2000 |
University of Minnesota champion wrestler Brock Lesnar is joining the World Wrestling Federation, the school announced yesterday. Lesnar signed a multiyear contract that starts Aug. 1 when he reports to Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, Ky., to join the WWF talent development program. Lesnar won the national championship this past season in the 285-pound weight class and posted a 31-1 record. The two-time All-America also won his second consecutive Big Ten title and led the Golden Gophers in pins with 15. "It's just what I'm looking for," Lesnar said.
August 8, 1987 |
The scholastic 110-pound folkstyle wrestling championship at the Keystone State Games came down yesterday to two William Tennent athletes - sophomore Brian Crognale and senior Mike Phillips, both of Warminster. In a tough match, Crognale scored an escape in the third period to emerge with a 3-2 victory, the gold medal and a new-found confidence for the coming year. "It does feel good to beat a good high school varsity wrestler like Mike," said Crognale. Quakertown's John Hangey also took a gold, at 185 pounds, decisioning Joe Hilferty of West Chester, 11-0.
May 13, 1996 |
Zeke Jones made a surprise visit to the U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling Central regional qualifier in Coraopolis, Pa., with one goal - to keep an opponent from qualifying for the Olympic Trials. "I came to beat Sam Henson," said Jones, who already had qualified for next month's trials. "I didn't have to enter this tournament, but I figured if I beat him now, I wouldn't have to worry about him at the trials. " It was mission accomplished for the second-ranked Jones, who eliminated the third-ranked Henson, 5-4, in the 114.5-pound final Saturday.
April 6, 2004 |
Former Unionville wrestling standout Zack Leathers achieved all-American honors by finishing fifth in the 149-pound class at the NCAA Division II championships last month in Mankato, Minn. The Shippensburg junior opened the tournament by losing to eventual national champion Anthony Jiron of Western State (Colo.), 8-2. But he rebounded to win his next three consolation-round matches before being pinned by Ryan Ickes of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. He took fifth by pinning Jeremy Roe of South Dakota State.
February 17, 2002 |
Olympic wrestling champion Rulon Gardner was listed in fair condition yesterday after surviving a frigid night in Wyoming's backcountry. Family members said Gardner was being treated for frostbite. It was unclear how long he would remain hospitalized at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. Temperatures Thursday night dipped to 20 degrees below zero in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, where Gardner got stuck in deep snow while snowmobiling with three friends.