Van Horne To Enter National Wrestling Hall

The late Bill Van Horne, dubbed the ”Dean of Ohio Valley Sportswriters” during his legendary newspaper career that spanned 53 years, will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame – WV Chapter on Sunday, Oct. 25th. The induction ceremonies take place at the Charleston Embassy Suites.

Van Horne was sports editor at both The Times-Leader for 25 years and the Wheeling News-Register for 28 years. During his writing tenure, Van Horne was recognized by his peers as the most informational and influential writer in Ohio Valley history.

His work with the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (the largest conference in the United States) during the years was especially instrumental in the success and popularity of wrestling throughout the entire Ohio Valley. In fact, Van Horne was the second recipient of OVAC wrestling’s prestigious ‘Mr. Mat’ Award in 1977. His promotion of wrestling in the Northern Panhandle was nonpareil.

His columns, ‘Van Horne on Sports,’ were masterpiece chronicles of the athletic lives of others. His preseason wrestling previews of local high school mat programs filled nearly two sports pages with detailed wrestler profiles. And during the season, Bill Van Horne interviewed numerous wrestlers and coaches, spotlighting their accomplishments.

A giant in his field and a role model for aspiring writers, Van Horne was admired and respected for his integrity, dedication, fairness, knowledge and compassion.

Numerous awards and honors were bestowed on Van Horne. The Upper Ohio Valley Dapper Dan Club named him Man of the Year in 1993. He was selected as the West Virginia Wrestling Sportswriter of the Year three times.

Bill Van Horne was a gigantic patron of wrestling in the Wheeling area and across the entire state.

He truly loved the mat sport.

Gladys Van Horne, Bill’s devoted wife, will be accepting the award on his behalf.

All of Bill Van Horne’s many friends and fans are encouraged to witness the induction ceremonies. For ticket purchases, go to www.wvmat.com. Induction details are on the main page of the Web site.