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Gone, Lost and Forgotten…Their Best: Swarthmore

By Stephen Stonebraker

Even though Pennsylvania has the most amount of varsity wrestling programs at the collegiate level today, the state has still lost a lot of programs. One of those programs is Division III Swarthmore which we lost back in 2000.  One of the only schools that I’ve ever heard of that also dropped its football program.

Bill Rawlings took fourth place at the 1977 NCAA Division III championships.

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Pat “Hondo” Holmes


Without a doubt the best wrestler to ever grace the Garnet and Grey is Pat “Hondo” Holmes who made the NCAA Division III finals as a junior in 1980.  He came back as a senior to place fourth.  He holds multiple records at Swarthmore including career wins at 116, career points at 481 & career falls at 32.

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Jay Peichel


Jay Peichel, one of the heads of the successful Haven Youth wrestling club in Pennsylvania was also a standout wrestler for the Garnet.  He placed seventh at the 1987 NCAA Division III championships.

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