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2012-James-Bennett

James Bennett

YEAR INDUCTED
2012
ROLE
Coach
LEVEL PLAYED
College, High School
About James Bennett

Son of James and Rose Bennett, grew up in Corry and graduated from Corry Area High School. At Corry, Bennett competed in cross country, track and field and wrestling winning three state championships in two different sports. He won consecutive PlAA Class A state championships in the pole vault in 1971 and 1972. In wrestling, Jim won three section titles, two District 10 wrestling championships and the PIAA state championship in 1972. Bennett graduated from Yale University in 1976 with honors in economics and Russian Studies. During his collegiate wrestling career, he earned a dual meet record of 49 wins and 4 losses. He was named All-Ivy – First Team all four years, All American for two years and in 1975 at the NCAA Division 1 national championships held at Princeton University, he won at 142 pounds. While attending Harvard Business School, he was Assistant Coach for the Harvard University Wrestling team. While coaching, Bennett also trained for the US Olympic team finishing in the top eight at the US qualifiers in 1980. In 1984, Bennett was elected to the Pennsylvania State Wrestling Hall of Fame, and in 1998, he was elected to the Corry Sports Hall of Fame. Currently, he resides in New Canaan, CT with his wife, Amy, and their two daughters – Zoey and Skylar. His adult children, J.C. and Brittany, reside in Pennsylvania and Illinois. His parents still live in Corry with many family members living in Erie County. Bennett heads a $1.6 billion eponymous investment management firm that he founded in 1989. In addition to his involvement is wrestling as the President of the Yale Wrestling Association, his outside interests include biking, travel and wine collecting.