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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 10, 2013, Pag 1

Honoring "Scotty"

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.

"Scotty" was 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.

Coach SCOTT 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

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