On This Date: (Jan. 19, 1980)
January 19, 1980 - John McGowan’s pin at 187 pounds clinches victory for Jim Thorpe in a Schuylkill League match against Minersville. With the Olympians holding a six-point advantage with two bouts remaining, McGowan builds a 7-4 lead before gaining his fall at the 3:55 mark. The pin is Thorpe’s only one of the evening, as the Olympians - who take the match by a 32-26 score - also gain six decision wins. Joe Giglotti earns a 16-2 superior decision at 114, while Terry Popek also produces a 13-1 superior at 147. Leo Bott claims a 10-1 major decision at 128, with Kevin Kroculick (121) and Joe Thear (154) recording close decision wins.