Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 10, 2013, Pag 1
Long-time Mount Ayr teacher, counselor and coach Ron SCOTT will be honored at this year's Mount Ayr Duals wrestling
tournament this weekend. In memory of SCOTT, who passed away suddenly last spring, the tournament has been renamed
the Ron SCOTT Duals. Dsigned by Podium Ink, the banner, pictured above, commemorating "Scotty" will hang in the high
school gym throughout the tournament. Details about the tournament and the dedication ceremony can be found on page 8.
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Mount Ayr duals to be renamed for Ron Scott.
Mount Ayr Community high school will host the 25th edition of their Dual Wrestling Tournament January 11-12, 2013.
Nine teams will compete for the championship of this round-robin event, with simultaneous action taking place on four
mats. Rounds one through four will get underway at 4:30 p.m. Friday, and the wrestling resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday
morning with rounds five through nine.
Teams competing include Durant, Harlan, Martensdale-St. Marys, Oakland-Riverside,
Council Bluffs St. Albert, Shenandoah, Penney (Hamilton, MO), Lathrop, MO and Mount Ayr.
A series of special events
are planned for the silver anniversary tournament, culminating with a ceremony to dedicate the tournament in memory of
coach Ron SCOTT. Coach SCOTT passed away suddenly last spring, and the Mount Ayr athletic department and the Raider
wrestling team will honor his memory by renaming the tournament the Ron SCOTT Memorial Dual Tournament.
the head wrestling coach at Mount Ayr from 1966-1996, compiling a career record of 198-137-4. After stepping down from
that position, he continued to work with coaches and athletes through the Pursuing Victory With Honor program, an
initiative of the Iowa Institute for Character Development. In 2009, Scotty started a third career as the Midwest
Area Director for International Cooperating Ministries, where he worked until the time of his death.
was selected to to the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1994, and in 2008 he was presented with the
National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lifetime Service Award.
He helped guide 57 Raider wrestlers to the state tournament, including
his oldest son Jeff.
Colleagues and former athletes praise SCOTT for his leadership, commitment, loyalty and dedication
to building strong character. Through his work as a teacher, coach and guidance councelor, he touched the lives of thousands
of young people.
The dedication ceremony will take place at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12. Coach SCOTT'S family
is expected to be on hand for the occasion. In addition, a group of Coach SCOTT's former wrestlers will present a
plaque to the school commemorating the impact that Scotty had on their lives.
The Mount Ayr athletic department
also announces the creation of the Ron SCOTT Wrestler of Character Award. Characer was vitally important to Coach
SCOTT, who believed that without honor, it was impossible to achieve true victory. The Ron SCOTT Wrestler of Character
Award will recognize a young person who demonstrates the type of character that Coach SCOTT lived each day of his life.
Each competing school was invited to nominate one of their wrestlers who had displayed exemplary character. A committee
of wrestlers, coaches, officials and teachers who worked with Coach SCOTT will review the nominations and select the
Ron SCOTT Wrestler of Character.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2013