Tom Turnbull

About Tom Turnbull

Tom Turnbull was one of Erie’s greatest wrestlers. He graduated from Iroquois High School in 1973 and is the only wrestler in the history of the Erie area to win four sectional titles. He also won district and regional titles. He finished third in the state as a senior, losing 1-0 in the semifinal to the eventual champion. Tom avenged that loss two months later when he won the Pennsylvania State free-style tournament, defeating the state champion 6-0. He completed his high school career with a 65-6 record, and became a high school All-American. After high school, Tom wrestled at Clarion University for legendary coach, Bob Bubb. Tom went 101-25-1 while at Clarion with 40 pins. Tom’s college teams won the PSAC championships in 1975, 1976, and 1977. He, himself, was the Eastern Wrestling League 126-pound champion in 1977. During Tom’s four years at Clarion, the Golden Eagles’ best finish at the NCAA Tournament was 11th in 1974. Tom remains one of Clarion’s best wrestlers in career victories, dual meet wins, and team points. At the time of Tom’s death, he was the head wrestling coach at North East High School.