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ATHENS, Ohio -- Ohio wrestling alum Tom Ehlert was inducted into the Ohio Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Oct. 14 in a ceremony that was held at the Crowne Plaza in Dublin, Ohio.
Nominated for a lifetime of service to wrestling, Ehlert wrestled at West Tech High School where he graduated in three years with three state championship team titles. Ehlert continued his wrestling career at Ohio and was later inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Ehlert impacted the Ohio wrestling world in many ways but one specific unique way. As a coach, Ehlert started the wrestling program at North Canton High School in 1956. Following the success of building a high school wrestling program, Ehlert was the head wrestling coach and football coach at Rhodes High School during which he started and built another wrestling program at Cuyahoga Community College in 1969. Ehlert also is a Founder of the Greater Cleveland Wrestling Officials Association and mentored many new wrestling officials. He continued his coaching career coaching football at Solon High School for 10 years and at John Carroll University for five years. Ehlert also contributed heavily to wrestling through his 35 years as a wrestling official, officiating numerous state tournaments as well as officiating in the Ohio Conference and EWOL as well as an NCAA qualifier.