McQuoid to enter Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame Nov. 6

Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:59 am

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Weir McQuoid, who coached varsity wrestling at Watertown High School from 1960-73, was selected for induction into the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association George Martin Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony and banquet will take place on Friday, Nov. 6 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay.  If individuals would like to attend, the banquet tickets may be ordered from clinic chairman Wendall Bean.  The cost per ticket is $38 each.  Mail requests along with a check to Wendall Bean, 184 S. Pleasant St., Whitewater, WI 53190. Make checks payable to WWCA. Bean can also be reached by phone at 920-723-8061.

McQuoid passed away in 2004. Coach McQuoid’s wife, Vivian, and daughter, Sydney, will be in attendance. Sydney will give a speech and accept the award for her dad.

If people plan to spend the night at the Hyatt on Main & KI Convention Center they should make reservations as soon as possible. The deadline for making these reservations at these rates is Oct. 16. When making reservations, be sure to mention being part of the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association group. The phone number at Hyatt on Main is 800-236-3330.

The Hyatt on Main and KI Convention Center, Green Bay is a 4.2-mile drive from Lambeau Field. The address is 333 Main St., Green Bay, WI 54301. The Hyatt phone number is 920-432-1234.

About Weir McQuoid

Weir “Mac” McQuoid was born in Faribault, Minn. in 1922.

He served in the 101st Airborne 501 Division on D-Day as a Pathfinder paratrooper, landing in Normandy on D-Day. He was among a group of soldiers to appear in an iconic photo with Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower just prior to D-Day. The story had it that he was “Day One, Plane One, Man One” for the jump into Normandy. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He received a distinguished unit citation badge with one oak lead cluster and a bronze star medal. He served from Dec. 12, 1942-Nov. 19, 1945.

McQuoid wrestled as a heavyweight at Carlton College in Northfield, Minn., where he earned three letters in wrestling, four letters in football and two in track. In McQuoid’s junior year, he wrestled Vern Gagne from the University of Minnesota before Gagne turned professional, losing to Gagne in front of a huge crowd.

McQuoid and his wife, Vivian, were hired at the same time by the Watertown Unified School District as a package team. Coach McQuoid taught physical education at the high school while Vivian McQuoid served as the Riverside Junior High librarian. She is 91 and lives in Whitewater.

In his 13 years coaching the Goslings, McQuoid’s teams won 145 dual matches, lost 20 and tied one. During that stretch, Watertown won nine invitational titles, eight conference championships, eight regional team titles and three sectional team titles.

All 12 Goslings from the 1965-66 team qualified for the WIAA sectional, including an additional qualifier who moved from Juneau to Watertown to make it 13 qualifiers. The Goslings won 52 straight dual matches from 1964-68. McQuoid took wrestlers to state in 12 out of 13 seasons and three of those qualifiers won state titles. The 1965 team produced a school record seven state qualifiers.

Two members of that 1965 team, Conrad Bohlman and John Maas, wrote letters of recommendation for McQuoid’s induction.

Bohlman praised his coach’s focus on team building, conditioning and effort, and credibility.

“Win, lose or draw, what really told you about what he thought of your effort was the number of three minute conditioning matches hanging under your name on the bulletin board Monday afternoon,” Bohlman wrote. “If you were above 145 pounds and his name was included on the list of participants in your conditioning matches, this was also not a good sign.”

Maas, who went on to wrestle at the Division 1 collegiate level for the University of Notre Dame, remembered losing just one dual meet during his four years with McQuoid’s varsity.

“His daily after school workout sessions were hard and demanding, but they paid off in great results,” Maas wrote. “I can recall him frequently getting down on the mat to demonstrate techniques and fundamentals and requiring repetition of these techniques until we all had command of them. It became so ingrained in me that I scarcely had to think about what to do on the mat to win. It became second nature.”

Prior to coming to Watertown, McQuoid taught and coached from 1954-60 in Phillips, were he coached football, track and field, and gymnastics. He put in 26 years of coaching of various sports combined.

Ginger Anderle, who also taught physical education at WHS during McQuoid’s later years, praised him for helping get kids into activities such as the lunchtime ping-pong tournaments.

“They involved boys and girls of all talent levels, giving them an avenue to pursue an activity for the enjoyment of it,” Anderle wrote.

She expressed gratitude for his tutelage and mentoring, and his support when she sued the Watertown School Board on grounds of sex discrimination for girls’ sports coaches’ pay in the early 1970s under Title XI.

“As girls sports evolved from the Girls Athletic Association (GAA) to WIAA sports, Mac was there to support and help in any way he could,” Andrele wrote. “He was an advocate for the expansion of girls’ sports.”