The alert came from Olean’s Ed Thierman early this week that another honor had been bestowed on Jeff Prescott, inarguably the Big 30’s most successful wrestler.

As it was, Prescott, now 50, learned in April that he would be one of the 13 latest inductees into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

He will be joined by Salamanca’s Chuck Crist, a former Penn State basketball player and seven-year NFL veteran, in the ceremony, Nov. 7, at the Buffalo Convention Center.

But, alas, Prescott, also a PSU alum, was just accorded a notable citation, this one by his alma mater.

The Penn Stater, that school’s alumni magazine, in its July/August edition, named the Top 100 Athletes in the history of Nittany Lions sports.

There, at No. 61, was Prescott, the sixth of 10 wrestlers listed.

As with any such subjective endeavor, the list was likely crafted to stimulate discussion (read: argument), but it wisely showed some gender wisdom with a full third of the selections being female.

PRESCOTT, who won four Section 6 titles, three New York State championships including the Most Outstanding Wrestler as a junior, while crafting a 120-match win streak at Olean High, was heavily recruited by Penn State.

There he was a three-time All-America and the NCAA 118-pound champion in 1990 and ‘91, earning Most Outstanding Wrestler in the latter.

It was that performance which earned him his Top 100 spot behind fellow matmen David Taylor (10th), Zain Retherford (25), Kerry McCoy (50), Ed Ruth (56) and Quentin Wright (59).

Predictably, football is the most heavily-represented sport on the list with 24 selections, including linebacker Jack Ham at No. 1. John Cappelletti, Penn State’s lone Heisman Trophy winner, is 23rd with Frewsburg’s Shane Conlan, the Bills first-round draft choice in 1987, the eighth pick overall, ranks 33rd. He played six seasons in Buffalo and three for the St. Louis/L.A. Rams.

The 77th selection, Richie Lucas, was a quarterback who was tabbed in the first round of the 1960 NFL draft by Washington, the fourth overall choice. But instead he signed with the Bills and played two seasons with Buffalo before ending his career with a year in Denver.

THE NO. 2 athlete was Candy Finn, a field hockey player.

Quick quiz: After football’s 24 players on the list, what sport was second?

How about volleyball with 17?

Third was wrestling with 10, the same number as “multi-sport” athletes.

Among those on that list are Youngsville’s Mike Shine (track/cross country, one of two from those sports) who earned a silver medal in the 400 hurdles in the 1976 Olympics at Montreal where he was beaten by then-world record holder Edwin Moses.

Also listed as “multi-sport” is Chris Bahr who excelled in soccer and as a football placekicker, who went on to a 14-year NFL team with three teams.

There were also two women who were listed for both field hockey and lacrosse.

Rounding out the list were seven soccer players, and six each track & field athletes, gymnasts and basketball players (five of them women).

There were five fencers, four field hockey players, two swimmers/divers and one each baseball and hockey players and a boxer..

The Penn Stater committee that made up the list did not consider any athlete who was active during the 2018-19 season, but offered 10 players who participated during the most recent year, whose credentials might put them on the list eventually. Besides quarterback Trace McSorley, there were two each wrestlers, lacrosse and ice hockey players plus a baseball, basketball and volleyball player.

Here’s the Top 100 PSU Athletes list as created by Penn Stater magazine:

1

. Jack Ham, football

2

. Candy Finn, field hockey

3

. Kevin Lamb, multisport

4

. Lenny Moore, football

5

. Jesse Arnell, basketball/football

6

. Megan Hodge, volleyball

7

. Barney Ewell, track and field

8

. Horace Ashenfelter, track and field

9

. Mary Ellen Clark, diving

10

. David Taylor, wrestling

11

. Ann Carr, gymnastics

12

. Steve Hamas, multisport

13

. Char Morett, field hockey/lacrosse

14

. Dave Robinson, football

15

. Saquon Barkley, football

16

. Kathy Mills, cross country/track

17

. Mike Shine, track/cross country

18

. Wally Triplett, football

19

. Jana Angelakis, fencing

20

. Mike Munchak, football

21

. Matt Anderson, volleyball

22

. Kelly Mazzante, basketball

23

. John Cappelletti, football

24

. Chartie Welsh, soccer

25

. Zain Retherford, wrestling

26

. Karen Schuchman, gymnastics

27

. Lauren Cacciamani, volleyball

28

. Olga Kalinovskaya, fencing

29

. Susie McConnell, basketball

30

. Tiffany Weimer, soccer

31

. Mike Reid, football

32

. Micha Hancock, volleyball

33

. Shane Conlan, football

34

. Nicole Fawcett, volleyball

35

. Ivan Contreras, volleyball

36

. John Montgomery Ward, baseball

37

. Susan Robinson, basketball

38

. Christa Harmotto, volleyball

39

. Alan Helffrich, track and field

40

. Raquel Rodriguez, soccer

41

. Jean Cronstedt, gymnastics

42

. Alisha Glass, volleyball

43

. Maggie Lucas, basketball

44

. Franco Harris, football

45

. Lydell Mitchell, football

46

. Lori Barberich, volleyball

47

. LaVar Arrington, football

48

. Hinkey Haines, multisport

49

. Jim Stamatis, soccer

50

. Kerry McCoy, wrestling

51

. Armando Vega, gymnastics

52

. Bonnie Bremner, volleyball

53

. Mike Michalske, football

54

. Rosey Grier, football

55

. Matt Millen, football

56

. Ed Ruth, wrestling

57

. Thomas Strzalkowski, fencing

58

. Salima Davidson, volleyball

59

. Quentin Wright, wrestling

60

. Doris Willette, fencing

61. Jeff Prescott, wrestling62

. Ali Krieger, soccer

63

. Billy Soose, boxing

64

. Miles Chamley-Watson, fencing

65

. Curt Warner, football

66

. Ramon Hernandez, volleyball

67

. Terri Zemaitis, volleyball

68

. Todd Blackledge, football

69

. Jeannie Fissinger, field hockey/lacrosse

70

. Steve Cohen, gymnastics

71

. Andy Matter, wrestling

72

. Chris Bahr, football/soccer

73

. Kerry Collins, football

74

. Ellen Crandall, volleyball

75

. Dick Packer, soccer

76

. Frank Molinaro, wrestling

77

. Richie Lucas, football

78

. Brenda Stauffer, field hockey

79

. Ted Kwalick, football

80

. Haleigh Washington, volleyball

81

. Nico Megaludis, wrestling

82

. Ki-Jana Carter, football

83

. Casey Sanders, gymnastics

84

. Cumberland Posey, baseball/basketball

85

. Larry Shields, track and field

86

. Jim Martin, wrestling

87

. Chris Larson, field hockey

88

. Helen Darling, basketball

89

. Max Holt, volleyball

90

. Greg Fredericks, track and field

91

. Shane Ryan, swimming

92

. W.T. “Mother” Dunn, football

93

. Casey Bailey, ice hockey

94

. Alyssa Naeher, soccer

95

. Jen Long, field hockey

96

. Aaron Russell, volleyball

97

. Shana Cox, track and field

98

. Talor Battle, basketball

99

. Blair Thomas, football

100

. Dennis Onkotz, football

(Chuck Pollock, a Times Herald senior sports columnist, can be reached at cpollock@oleantimesherald.com)

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