Coach Wayne Reeve - "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" Award
Wayne Reeve was born in Emporie, Kansas in 9-10-32
He wrestled at Valley Mills High School, Indiana 1946-50 (undefeated three years)
And he wrestled at Earlham College 1950-54 (most outstanding wrestler), returning in 1963-64
He also wrestled at the University of Nebraska 1959-1960 (wrestling scholarship)
He noted it took him 17 years to complete his college degree, but he accomplished it!
Married his wife in 1956 (and as he turned to look at her, he was proud he remembered the exact date!)
While they dated she knew he was kind of involved with wrestling but not to what extent.
After the honeymoon, he woke up and said he was going to practice. His wife said “What practice?”
He has been going to practice ever since.
Placed 3rd at Midwest Olympic Trials
AAU National Champion
YMCA National Champion
55 years wrestling, coaching and officiating
Started wrestling programs at several YMCA’s
Before arriving in South Carolina in 1971, Wayne was in Cleveland, Ohio
Accepted Executive Director position at Greer YMCA in January 1971. Stayed until 1981.
Started the Carolina Invitational JV/MS Tournament in 1972. (JV/MS STATE TOURNAMENT)
Moved to Kentucky and later returned to Laurens YMCA for 11 years.
Sons Mark (3 state titles) and David (1 state title) wrestled at Greer High School
Wayne volunteer coached at Greer, Laurens and Abbeville
Coach Anthony Martin (Abbeville) gave the introduction for Wayne Reeve
Three priorities drive Wayne - God, Family and then Wrestling
He was impressed that Wayne was so humble and never bragged
When Abbeville won the State Title in 2009, he noted Wayne gave him a whole Strawberry pie