Colin Johnston Honored As Member of Southwest Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Johnston wrestling during his high school days
Johnston wrestling during his high school days

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BRADFORD, Pa. – New Pitt-Bradford Head Wrestling Coach Colin Johnston has been selected as a member of the Southwest Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2018, officials announced March 5.

"It truly is quite an honor to be inducted into the Southwest Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame," Johnston said. "My sincere thanks and appreciation to the selection committee for this prestigious event in my life. My wrestling accomplishments would not have been possible without the tremendous support from my parents, family and most of all, the coaches I have had throughout the years. I have learned so much from my coaches, on and off the mat, and it is my hope to continue their legacy and my love of wrestling as I begin my new position as Head Wrestling Coach at Pitt-Bradford." 

Johnston won four WPIAL titles from 2005-08 at Canon-McMillan. He was a three-time PIAA top-three finisher. He won a PIAA title as a 112-pound sophomore, placed second as a 125-pound junior, and third as a 135-pound senior.

In 2008, he was selected to wrestle in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic and Dream Team Classic.

The Eighty Four, Pa., native spent his collegiate career at West Virginia, where he served as a team captain in 2013 and 2014.

Johnston served as assistant wrestling coach at Davidson College from 2015 through the end of this season, and on Dec. 28, 2017, Pitt-Bradford announced him as the program's first head coach.

Pitt-Bradford has added wrestling as an NCAA Division III varsity sport for the 2018-19 academic year.

The 2018 Southwest Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame group also includes NCAA champion Nico Megaludis of Franklin Regional/Penn State, four-time WPIAL champion Larry Hall of Jeannette and former Montour coach and PIAA official Merle Tournay.

The class will be inducted March 25 during the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic at the Pitt's Fitzgerald Field House.