April 19, 2018
Chapman wins 2018 Schalles PA Pinner Award
Hatboro-Horsham’s Chapman Wins Prestigious Schalles PA Pinner Award
Hatboro-Horsham’s 220-pounder, a two-time state qualifier was awarded the 2018 Wade Schalles Pinner Award-Sponsored by Pennsylvania Wrestling Newsmagazine and Pittsburgh Trophy. Chapman finished the 2018 season with 35 falls, pinning 24 opponents in a row before suffering his first loss of the season to eventual state champion at 220-pounds, Hunter Catka from Sun Valley. Chapman is the fourth District One wrestler to win the award, and the second Suburban One League wrestler to win the award. Pat Flynn, Quakertown’s (SOL) 2006 state champion, and Boyertown’s (PAC) state champions Mike Spaid (2004) and Jordan Wood (2015) are the other two District One wrestler’s who have been awarded the prestigious honor as Pennsylvania’s best pinner.
Chapman out distanced Nazareth’s Sammy Sasso, a two-time state champion who had 36 pins out of 45 bouts (80%) and Jaret Lane, Southern Columbia’s two-time AA state champion at 126, who recorded 38 pins out of 48 bouts (79%). Lane won the award in 2017. The award is based on overall pinning percentage, and Chapman had an impressive 87% pin to win percentage with his 35 out of 40 bouts after finishing 36-4 on the season.
Wade Schalles is a legendary Hall of Fame wrestler from Hollidaysburg H.S. and Clarion University. Schalles was known as the most-fiercest and prolific pinner of all-time. He recorded 106 falls during his NCAA career while capturing two NCAA titles and the OW award in 1972 for Clarion. He was awarded the Outstanding Wrestler Award 4 times in the PSAC as well in college. In high school Wade pinned 21 of 22 opponents his senior year, including the defending state champion in 1969 to capture the 154-pound state title.