Williamsburg High School honored its most successful wrestling coach by renaming its annual invitational tournament the Bob Guy Invitational.
Guy was the Wildcats’ head wrestling coach from the 1972-73 school year through the 2002-03 school year. In those years he kept Clermont County’s smallest wrestling program, numbers-wise, competitive with the other members of the Clermont County League and later the Southern Buckeye Conference.
“Bob’s done a lot for the Williamsburg athletic program and he is well-liked in the community,” said Ron Ogden, Williamsburg athletic director.
“He’s been a steady, positive influence on the kids year after year after year and he’s been a good friend,” said Jim Dyer, former Williamsburg coach and athletic director. “As a coach he worked tirelessly… We coached football together.”
Mark Isaac took over as the Wildcats' head wrestling coach after Guy's retirement. They coached the sport together as assistant and head, respectively, for 17 years.
"Bob is very giving of himself, but he is a little reserved. He instills a great confidence in his athletes," said Isaac.
At Norwood, Guy was a Hamilton County Suburban League all-star on the gridiron and the mat. He recalls his first days at Williamsburg.
"I called around and found an opening here for a teacher and Ken (Osborne) was looking for a football coach, too." He replaced Mike Wells at the same time as the wrestling coach. Wells was the Wildcats' first mat mentor.
Guy has been the head coach of four state wrestling tournament placers.
1977: Kip Coon, 119-pounds, fourth place, Class A.
1981: Joe Shinkle, 185-pounds, fourth place, Class A.
1991: Keith Gregory, 135-pounds, third place, Division III.
1992: Keith Gregory, 140-pounds, fifth place, Division III.
He has coached numerous members of his wrestling squads to Clermont County League and Southern Buckeye Conference tournament championship matches. These include the following matmen:
The Clermont County League existed through the 1986-87 school year.
1972-73 school year: Chris Coon (132-pounds, second place). 1973-74: Chuck Bastin (126, second) and Mike Gilliam (185, second). 1974-75: Tim Richey (138, second) and Scott Coon (145, second). 1975-76: Scott Coon (145, champion), Gary Jordan (155, champion), John Kems (167, second), and Charlie Bauer (185, second). 1976-77: Scott Coon (155, champion) and Kip Coon (126, second. 1977-78: Kip Coon (145, champion) and Jerry Weeks (155, champion). 1978-79: Jerry Weeks (155, second). 1979-80: Jim Truske (167, champion), Joe Shinkle (185, champion), Rick Neely (105, second), and Curt Stuard (145, second). 1980-81: Curt Stuard (145, champion), Jeff Fee (155, champion), and Joe Shinkle (185, champion). 1981-82: Dave Little (105, second) and Jeff Fee (155, second). 1983-83: Robert Maschmeier (98, champion), Dale Little (112, champion), Marty Shinkle (132, champion), Ed Ratcliff (126, second), and Greg Morris (167, second). 1983-84: Dale Little (126, champion). 1984-85: Dale Little (126, champion), Ken Reveal (132, champion), and Rick Hall (175, second). 1985-86: none. 1986-87: none.
The Southern Buckeye Conference began with the 1987-88 school year.
1987-88: Tony Proffitt (135, second), Gary Proffitt (140, second), and Kyle Jones (145, second). 1988-89: Scott Lefker (160, champion), Wes Clark (275, champion), and Gary Proffitt (140, second). 1989-90: Herb Boothby (189, second). 1990-91: Steve Teague (189, champion) and Keith Gregory (135, second). 1991-92: Keith Gregory (140, champion). 1992-93: none. 1993-94: Mike Gregovich (125, champion). 1994-95: Mike Gregovich (130, champion). 1995-96: none. 1996-97: none. 1997-98: none. 1998-99: none. 1999-2000: Gary Howard (103, champion) and Kyle Yeary (119, champion). 2000-01: Kyle Yeary (130, champion) and Gary Howard (119, second). 2001-02: Kyle Yeary (135, champion) and Gary Howard (119, second). 2002-03: Kyle Yeary (140, champion).
Yeary was one of only six four-time conference wrestling champions in Clermont County's sports history and the one and only from Williamsburg to achieve this recognition.
Guy's first Wildcat varsity mat squad included two-year lettermen Chuck Bastin (junior 126-pounder), Chris Coon (junior, 132), Kevin Abrams (junior, 138), Mike Gilliam (junior, 175), and Daryl Connor (junior, 185). Connor earned 'Burg's first CCL individual wrestling crown as a sophomore 185-pounder.
First-year lettermen were Rob Huddle (freshman, 98), Tim Richey (sophomore, 138), and Eugene McDonald (freshman, 155).
Daryl Connor today lives in Reading, Pa., and is a maintenance representative for Air Products, an industrial gas and chemicals company. He fondly remembers his coach.
"He was a good coach and I always respected him and got along with him real well."
Scott and Kip Coon, along with their older brother Chris formed one of the most talented wrestling families in Clermont County high school sports history.
"I enjoyed having him as a coach. He was very supportive of me. Wrestling is an individual sport, but I always felt he was out there with me. I loved wrestling for him. He knows his stuff," said Scott Coon who today is a member of a Bowling Green, Ohio law firm.
"He was a great teacher. He was a good factor in every facet of my life," said Kip Coon.
"He had good character, ethics, and integrity. He meant a lot to me," said Gary Jordan (class of 1976).
"He was a kind of father figure to me. He was a very special, dedicated person and good friend and mentor. I look up to him," said Ed Ratcliff (class of 1983). His best friend and brother-in-law Ken Reveal (class of 1985) nodded agreement with Ratcliff's remarks.
"He was an awesome coach. He taught us a lot. He made boys into good men," said Rick Hall '85, 'Burg's last CCL championship finalist.
"He was about like a second dad to me. He was a great motivator and helped make us the people we are today," said Scott Lefker '89.
Bruce Hrycyk is the most successful high school wrestling coach in Clermont County history. He coached many CCL title teams at Bethel-Tate. He, too, told of great respect for Guy.
"Bob coached the smallest program in the county, but he always got the best he could from his kids. He was always straight forward and honest. He worked hard and came at you honestly."
"I enjoyed working with the kids here and trying to make them better people. My goal in wrestling was always to get people to the state tournament," said Guy.
He led the 'Cats to one district crown in the early 1980s and believes his best squads were those of that time period. His 1983 squad was CCL runner-up behind Clermont Northeastern in the tournament that took place at Amelia.
"The kids during those years worked hard all the time."
Looking back on his coaching career and having the tournament named in his honor, Guy said, "It's a great honor. I have definitely enjoyed my time here."