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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

44 YEARS 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 * LEGACY

1 UFC FIGHTER

12 BELATORE FIGHTERS

7 LEGACY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTERS

1 Shamrock FC

2 Extreme Fighting Championship

3 Rage In The Cage 

7 NATIONALLY RANKED MMA FIGHTERS

1 2X 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 REGIONAL QUALIFIERS


TEAM RUNNER-UP PIAA LIBERTY LEAGUE WRRSTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS


PIAA HIGH SCHOOL TEAM TOURNAMENT-


CHAMPIONSHIPS AND PLACE WINNINGS


42-0 TEAM DUAL MEET RECORD AT LOG COLLEGE


8 WRESTLING NATIONAL PLACE WINNERS


TEXAS USA STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONS


22 STATE PLACE WINNERS


31 TEXAS USA STATE QUALIFIERS




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 the lake.