Morascyzk’s career worthy of Hall of Fame

June 7, 2014

Angelo Morascyzk was one of the most prolific wrestlers in Washington County. He was a standout in high school, a national qualifier in college and a successful coach.

Succeeding in all three facets earned Morascyzk another honor.

Morascyzk will be one of 13 individuals who will be inducted into the Washington-Greene County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Joining Morascyzk will be Jeff Breese, Bryan Barto, Helen Paskutis-Brown, Duane Day, Emil Deliere, Abraham Key, George Messich, Ray Natili III, Michael Orstein, Patrick Rheam, Jerry Seaman and Rick Sonneborn.

The group will be honored at the organization’s annual banquet, which will be held at 6 p.m., Friday at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the Meadow Lands. Tickets are $45 apiece and can be purchased by calling B.J. at 724-678-4320.

The following is a brief look at the final group of inductees. The first six were in a previous edition of the Observer-Reporter.

Angelo Morascyzk, wrestling

Morascyzk was a four-year starter at Immaculate Conception High School and had a career record of 55-2-2. He was a three-time Pennsylvania Catholic Interscholastic Athletic Association champion and was unscored upon in the tournament. He finished his senior season at 18-0 and owns three of the nine PCIAA titles in the school history.

At Washington & Jefferson, Morascyzk was a four-year starter, a team captain as a junior and senior, and a four-time placewinner in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference tournament.

Morascyzk was a four-time national qualifier, and he graduated as W&J’s winningest wrestler with a 62-14 record.

Morascyzk coached at Immaculate Conception for four seasons and also served as athletic director. He coached Tom Morrell to the 185-pound title in the PIAA Championships in 1978.

Morascyzk coached at W&J and led the team to its first PAC title in 25 years. His wrestlers won 44 conference championships and he was named PAC Coach of the Year in 1999. He was inducted into the W&J Hall of Fame in 2010.

Abraham Key, youth service

Key has served as President of PONY Baseball and Softball since 1995 and was elected to the Wall of Honor in 1986. He has been a member of the USA Baseball Board of Directors since 1995, serving as Vice President-Treasurer from 2000-08.

A graduate of Washington High School and West Virginia University, Key was a U.S. delegate for USA Baseball at the 2013 International Baseball Federation Congress in Tokyo, Japan; received a Meritorious Service Medal from Italy in 2013 for service to international youth baseball and softball; is a 25-year member of the American Baseball Coaches Association, serving on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors; and has served on the Amateur Softball Association (USA Softball) National Council since 2002.

Key coached Washington Youth Baseball and basketball at the Brownson House, LeMoyne Center, JFK School and Washington Junior High School.

Raymond Natili, basketball

Natili was a three-year letterman at Immaculate Conception High School and is the career leader in points with 1,561 and assists with 1,050. He was the leading scorer in Washington County with 598 points in the 1978-79 season and the O-R Player of the Year in 1980.

At Waynesburg University, Natili was a four-year starter at point guard and finished with 1,545 points and 1,100 assists. He is the Yellow Jackets all-time leader in free throw percentage (86). He left as No. 8 on the school’s list of career scoring and played in two NAIA tournaments, a 1981 Sweet 16 finish and a 1984 Elite 8 effort.

After college, Natili became an official and has worked 23 years in the NCAA, including 20 years at the Division I level and 18 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

He has worked 14 ACC tournaments, including eight semifinals and one final, and 12 NCAA tournaments, including three Sweet 16s and one Elite 8. He has refereed the championship games in the Atlantic Coast, Colonial, Sun Belt, Southern and Big South conferences.

Michael H. Orstein, swimming

Orstein has coached Washington & Jefferson College through its most prolific era of swimming. In 26 years, he compiled a 431-177-2 record and was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Coach of the Year 15 times. His teams have won nine PAC team titles with eight NCAA champions.

Orstein has coached 17 NCAA All-Americans, 33 national qualifiers, and 243 PAC champions. His swimmers have set 58 PAC records and 203 school records.

Orstein was honored by the American Swimming Coaches Association for Outstanding Achievement: 2006-2008 and received the Master Coach Award in 1996.

From 1999-20004, Orstein served as the water polo coach at W&J and was named CWPA Southern Division Water Polo Coach of the Year in 2002.

Orstein was a four-time all-state swimmer at Manheim Township High School and was all-district in track for four seasons. He was a four-time All-America swimmer at Springfield College.

Patrick Rheam, football

Rheam was a three-year starter and team captain in football and was an Associated Press All-State selection in 1969. He played in the Big 33 game and was holds the school record for touchdown passes in one game (three).

Rheam also was a three-year starter on the wrestling team.

Rheam received a football scholarship to Virginia Tech and lettered. He also wrestled for three seasons and had a 50-17 record, placing third in the 1974 Eastern Regionals and qualifying for the national tournament in Iowa.

Rheam was head wrestling coach at West Allegheny High School from 1983-90 and had a 118-18 record. He coached four WPIAL champions and two PIAA finalists. West Allegheny once finished second in the WPIAL Team Tournament.

Rheam coached at Radford High School and Canonsburg Junior High. He co-founded the Southpointe Amateur Hockey Association in 1991 and coached Canon-McMillan’s hockey team to a division championship.

Jerry Seaman, wrestling

Seaman was a state champion wrestler at McGuffey High School in 1963 and finished with a career record of 55-7.

Seaman went on to Penn State University, where he had a 33-10-2 record and was co-captain of the 1966 and 1967 teams. He was an EIWAL runner-up at 157 in 1965 and champion at 167 in 1967.

Seaman got into coaching and began his career at Stevens Technical Institute in Lancaster from 1967-69. He became the head coach at McGuffey High School in 1980 and opened The Barn Wrestling training center with Jeff Breese in 1990.

Seaman had a part in the movie “Reversal” and served on the McGuffey School Board from 1990-94. He also served on the Western Area Career and Tech Institute from 1990-94.

Rick Sonneborn, basketball

Sonneborn was one of the most prolific basketball players in West Greene history, passing the 1,000-point mark in a season twice. He led the WPIAL in scoring in 1963 and set the single-game Washington-Greene County scoring record of 56 points that stands today. He made All-State first team and was honorable mention All-America in 1963.

Sonneborn attended Penn State on a full scholarship and led the freshman team in scoring. He was a member of the 1965 Nittany Lions team that made it to the NCAA Regional and lost by two points to eventual third-place finisher Princeton, which was led by Bill Bradley.

Sonneborn played four pro seasons in Southeast Asia, made the All-Star team each year and was the leading scorer three times. He once scored 63 points in a league game and participated in the Asian Games Olympic Qualifying exhibitions against teams from Thailand, Japan, Korea and Israel.

Sonneborn served as assistant to head coach Rudy Marisa at Waynesburg College when the Yellow Jackets made it to the NAIA district championship in 1980 and when they won it in 1981.

He served as the head basketball coach at West Greene High School from 1986-1993 and coached the team to its first winning season in 20 years. He coached the Pioneers first playoff team in school history and made three playoff appearances. In 1992, West Greene made it to the quarterfinals of the WPIAL playoffs.

Sonneborn coached a school-record four consecutive winning seasons and is the winningest coach in the program’s history.



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