2018 NATIONAL WRESTLING HALL OF FAME PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHAPTER
AAU NATIONAL CHAMPION
PA., NJ., AND DE. TRI-STATE CHAMPION
HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN
PIAA DISTRICT CHAMPION
PIAA REGIONAL CHAMPION
PIAA STATE QUALIFIER
31 YEARS HEAD COACHING EXPERIENCE
IN THE SPORT OF WRESTLING
DESIGN HIS OWN SYSTEM OF TEACHING WRESTLING
TXUSA CERTIFIED WRESTLING OFFICIAL
2X MAC NCAA MEDALIST
USWA BRONZE CERTIFIED COACH
NFHS COACHES CERTIFIED
DELAWARE VALLEY COLLEGE
COACHED OR COACHES:
1 USA OLYMPIC HOPEFUL
MMA PROFFESIONAL FIGHTERS
UFC * BELLATORE
1 UFC FIGHTER
12 BELATORE FIGHTERS
FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTERS
1 Shamrock FC
2 Extreme Fighting Championship
3 Rage In The Cage
7 NATIONALLY RANKED MMA FIGHTERS
EDIE BRAVO INVITATIONAL III-IV CONTESTANT
94 PA. LBCL INDIVIDUAL WRESTLING PLACEWINNERS & CHAMPIONS
3 PA. LBCL- EMCL TEAM WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
3 PIAA DISTRICT WRESTLING PLACEWINNERS
3 PIAA WRESTLING
TEAM RUNNER-UP PIAA LIBERTY LEAGUE WRRSTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
4 PIAA HIGH SCHOOL
CHAMPIONSHIPS AND PLACE WINNINGS
42-0 TEAM DUAL MEET RECORD AT LOG COLLEGE
8 WRESTLING NATIONAL PLACE WINNERS
7 TEXAS USA
STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONS
22 STATE PLACE WINNERS
31 TEXAS USA
About Tom Long:
Tom Long wrestled since the age of six years old. He grew up dirt poor in the mean streets of Warminster
Heights, "Lacey Park." He is a 1984 graduate of William Tennent High School. After high school, Tom then was recruited by
Wrestling Hall of Famer Robert Marshall, who has more dual meet wins than Dan Gable, at Delaware Valley College in NCAA's
Middle Atlantic Conference.
Tom had a very successful career in the sport before the affects of his disease made him retire in
1988. At that time he could no longer see out of his left eye, his knees were buckling from the weight of him and his opponents,
making it increasing hard to stand, and he was having severe strength loss throughout his body. Tom's record and heart never
showed the ill affects. Tom did not pass his collegiate wrestling physical in his senior season.
Tom came out of retirement one time to wrestle competitively in 1992. He wrestled a National Champion
from Cheyney University at the Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association Tournament. In a highly anticipated match that closed
down all wrestling on the other seven mats, Tom came up short losing a 5-3 heartbreaker. After Breaking his elbow in the first
period, Tom showed his notable determination by finishing the match. After the whistle blew in the third period, ending the
match, Tom could not stand. He was helped off the mat by his opponent to a standing ovation. His opponent raised his arm then
honored him with a hug. It was a feat of shear heart that drew many tears and cheers from the crowd on hand.
Tom Long was born with a severe disease called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. It is a disease
that affects the muscles, joints, and bones in his body. His disease is a degenerating one that affects his whole body, but
is most identifiable in his legs and his gaping walk.
In Long's very first match as a child, he had to take off his metal braces
and crawl onto the wrestling mat using only his arms. Tom
believes that God used the sport of wrestling to develop a lot of his muscles and to shine for His glory.
When I asked Tom if he had any regrets in wrestling, his answer was this, " I never got to leave
my wrestling shoes in the circle. They deserved to be retired properly."
-Jay Housing, Wrestling Monthly May, 1992
Note from HHSM: If you, or a loved one, has Arthrogryposis Congenita Multiplex or are just curious
about Tom's wrestling, or his disease, please email us at the contact page. Tom will email you back directly to share.
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Texoma: Denison, Gainesville, Sherman. In Oklahoma, the most notable city is Durant.
Other towns and cities in North Texas include Gordonville, Cedar Mills, Locust, Fink, Pottsboro, Anna, Van Alstyne, Tom Bean, Bells, Gunter, Celina, Prosper, McKinney, Whitesboro, Callisburg, Whitewright,
Southmayd, Sadler and Preston.
Other towns and cities in Bryan County, Oklahoma include Cartwright, Colbert, Calera, Platter and Mead. In Marshall County, Oklahoma they include Little City, Cumberland, Kingston, Woodville, McBride Willis and the unsubmerged portion of Aylesworth. Most of Aylesworth was submerged under the water of