Superior’s Joe Reasbeck was among six new inductees into the Martins Ferry (Ohio) Athletic Hall of Fame.
Reasbeck, a 1963 graduate of MFHS, was among the inductee Class of 2018 with Mike Frazier (1975), Dale Schaal (1975), John Miller (1976), Diana Swearingen (1980) and Mike Kuri (1985).
This year’s inductees were honored Friday, Sept. 7, with an afternoon luncheon for the inductees and their families, and later that night at the Purple Riders’ home football opener against Union Local.
Reasbeck, a four-year wrestler with the Purple Riders, was a two-time Ohio Valley Athletic Conference champion (1962 and 1963); and a district champion and state qualifier in 1963.
An inductee into the Martins Ferry Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003, Reasbeck was also a three-year member of the track team and played one year of baseball.
Reasbeck went on to compete in wrestling at the University of Wisconsin-Superior from 1963-67, where he was a two-time Wisconsin State University Conference champion and twice was runner-up in the State Intercollegiate Wrestling Championships. His college career also included a fourth-place finish in the Midwest AAU championship.
After graduating from UWS in 1968, he placed fourth in the wrestling tryouts for the 1968 Olympic Games and won the 1970 Inservice Championship for the Marine Corps while also coaching the team.
Returning to UWS, Reasbeck spent the 1971-72 season as assistant wrestling coach for the conference champion Yellowjackets. He also founded and directed Mertz Mortorelli Memorial Wrestling Camps and Tournaments and the Wisconsin USA Wrestling Camps.
He then began a 20-year stint as wrestling coach and teacher at Superior Senior High School (social studies and physical education), and during those years he earned a master’s degree in 1976 and officiated at college wrestling matches.
He was inducted into the UWS Athletic Hall of Fame both as an individual and as part of the 1966-67 team which reached the NAIA National Championships.
Reasbeck has won 35 national wrestling championships (freestyle, Greco-Roman and folkstyle), including the USA 2002 National Wrestling Championships Masters Division at 213 pounds (this was his fourth national tournament win competing in the Master’s Division starting in 1997).
He also won the 213-pound division (45-60 age group) at Greco Grand National Wrestling Tournament in Shreveport, La., qualifying for FILA World Championships in Iran, but the team did not attend due to conflict in that part of the world at the time; and twice won the World Wrestling Ironman Championship.
Reasbeck also finished second in the 2015 World Championships in Athens, Greece, and placed fourth in the Fila World Championship.
Reasbeck is also a military veteran, having served from 1968-1998 with the U.S. Marines, Army National Guard and Air Force National Guard. With the marines he spent time during the Vietnam war in the Demilitarized Zone. He eventually retired as lieutenant colonel from the Air National Guard.
NOTES: A charter member of the Martins Ferry Hall of Fame is Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played his entire 21-year career with the Cleveland Browns. He was pro football's career kicking and points leader when he retired after the 1967 season. … Reasbeck will also be joining his high school wrestling coach John Drotsos in the hall of fame. Among Drotsos accomplishments were the Purple Riders winning seven conference championships and six district titles.
Mike Frazier (1975) -- One of the finest distance runners in Purple Rider history, he excelled in both track and cross-country.
Dale Schaal (1975) -- He was one of the premier gymnasts during the heyday of the sport at Ferry High, earning four varsity letters under Hall of Fame coach Dave McKim.
John Miller (1976) -- A 5-foot-10, 182-pound guard-linebacker and special teams regular on the football team.
Diana Swearingen (1980) -- A tall and talented four-year letterwinner on the basketball court, she was the second 1,000-point scorer in MFHS girls’ hoops history.
Mike Kuri (1985) -- This 6-foot-5, 275-pounder stands tall in the history of Ferry football lineman, not only excelling in high school as a two-way starter at offensive/defensive tackle, but working his way in the starting lineup at The Ohio State University.