By Brian Kuppelweiser for WVUsports.com
June 07, 2013 11:42 AM
On Friday morning, it was learned that former WVU wrestling All-American Lewis Guidi passed away suddenly.
Guidi, who was a 2006 inductee to the WVU Sports Hall of Fame, was the second All-American in the wrestling program’s history.
“Lewis is one of the greatest wrestlers in WVU history, and he was as good of person as he was a wrestler – just outstanding,” said coach Craig Turnbull. “He was one of the pioneers of our program, as he was the first wrestler to reach an NCAA final. His contributions to the sport of wrestling and to our program are very much appreciated. He will be greatly missed.”
Guidi enjoyed a magnificent four-year career at WVU that was highlighted by his runner-up finish at the 1955 NCAA tournament. Guidi was one of the most formidable wrestlers in the East; the 123-pounder won the Southern Conference championship twice and was named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler in 1956. Guidi also won the prestigious Wilkes-Barre Invitational as a Mountaineer and was named its outstanding wrestler.
Guidi served at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, for three years, coaching in the base's sports program. As a competitor, he was the 1958 runner-up at the U.S. Nationals in freestyle and the 1959 U.S. Nationals runner-up in Greco-Roman.
After his military service, Guidi coached the first-ever varsity wrestling team at Washington Township (N.J.) High for five years before heading back to Pennsylvania, where he coached at Chartiers Valley High for 12 seasons and taught for 24 years.
A native of Jefferson, Pa., Guidi moved to Morgantown at age 13 and attended University High, where he won two state championships before becoming a Mountaineer.
Guidi was the beloved husband and "best bud" of Sharon (Ellis) Guidi; loving father of Megan Guidi, Sarah (Casey McCloskey) Guidi, Natalie (Mike) Holmes, Monty Guidi and Lori (Federico) Gialone; brother of Gary Guidi, Alfreda Dulaney, and the late Thomas Guidi; brother-in-law of Pat (Tina) Ellis, Mary Jo, and Sandy Guidi; uncle of Patrick and Christopher Ellis, Beth, Chris, Freddy, and Jaimie; grandfather of Brittany, Tony, Brandon, Maria, Sam, Julie, Savannah, and Gabriella.
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