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The Reggie Geist Memorial Award

Reggie Geist wrestled 189 lbs and heavy weight for Bob Weaver's Spartan team of the mid 1960's.  Geist was dedicated to the sport in which he participated in from Junior High through graduation in 1965.


When Reggie died in 1967, after a long illness, his graduating class raised funds to initiate a wrestling award in honor of their classmate.  Since 1968, The Reggie Geist Award is presented each year to an outstanding varsity wrestler selected by the coaches.

In 1973 Reggie's parents, Richard and Dorothy, assumed sponsorship of the award.  In recent years, his sister Vicki Martin and her family have presented the awards at the annual Spartan Wrestling Awards Banquet.


The graduating class of 1965 describes the award, and the man whose memory is honored with this memorial:


"Reggie Geist has written indelible records of high ideals, sportsmanship, and loyalty in the annals of Garden Spot history.  What does it take to be an athlete and sportsman?  Skills born of courage, patience, dedication, and endurance.  Reggie knew this, but he also possessed the stature to understand that skill must be accompanied by humility in regard for others, attributes a true sportsman.  His classmates established this award in his honor as one that should endure for a greater purpose, the commemorating his life . . . Reggie requires no award to sustain his memory."


 

Reggie Geist Memorial Award Recipients

Year
 Wrestler
1968
  Harry Heller
1969
  David Wise
1970
  Richard Yelk
1971
  Ray High
1972
  Craig Youndt
1973
  Ken High
1974
  Todd Hillard
1975
  Bob Homan
1976
  Ron Sanger
1977
  Dale Martin
1978
  Mike Yohn
1979
  Mike Yohn
1980
  Owen Hartz
1981
  Kirk DeVere
1982
  Cordell Musser
1983
  Cordell Musser
1984
  Cordell Musser
1985
  Scott Witwer
1986
  Glen Stauffer
1987
  Jeff Witwer
1988
  Jeff Witwer
1989
  Jeff Witwer
1990
  Mike Groff
1991
  Alan Houck & Nate Hale
1992
  Alan Houck
1993
  Nate Hale
1994
  Kirby Martin
1995
  Kirby Martin
1996
  Nate Hibshman
1997
  Greg Martin
1998
  Matt Kretlow
1999
  Adam Bunting
2000
  Matt Kretlow
 2001
  Steve Borja
2002
  Steve Borja
2003
  Ryan Bunting
2004
  Brian Abreu
2005
  Jon Newswanger
2006
  Darren Hackenburg
2007
  Darren Hackenburg
2008
  Aaron Yohn
2009
  Adam Supplee
2010
  Kyle Coblentz
2011
  Anthony Huber
2012
  Nick Cook
2013
  Nick Cook
2014
  Ben Swarr
2015
  Dan Swarr
2016
  Chance Norris
2017
  Gary Clark
2018
  Connor Finkey
 2019
  Dustin Swanson
 2020
  Dustin Swanson
 2021
  Garrett Gehr
 2022
  Garrett Gehr