Founding Father; Bob Wittneben launched a program and set the standard for wrestling

“It’s terrific. I haven’t been there for a long time, and to be in that group with Fontana, Coach Nak, Coach Orsene, and Coach D’Angelo? I know I’m forgetting some others, but those were some terrific coaches,” he said. “To have the opportunity to be listed among them is an honor, and I’m happy that they chose me.”

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1974 CHRONICLE COURTESY OF THE SOUTHINGTON LIBRARY Coach Bob Wittneben was a coach, a mentor, and a teacher, but he built a grassroots wrestling program into a state champion in just four seasons.

1974 CHRONICLE COURTESY OF THE SOUTHINGTON LIBRARY

Coach Bob Wittneben was a coach, a mentor, and a teacher, but he built a grassroots wrestling program into a state champion in just four seasons.

1977 CHRONICLE COURTESY OF THE SOUTHINGTON LIBRARY Coach Bob Wittneben greets a Blue Knight fan during his team’s 16-2 campaign in 1977. In just his third varsity season, Wittneben’s Knights captured the Colonial Conference title.

1977 CHRONICLE COURTESY OF THE SOUTHINGTON LIBRARY

Coach Bob Wittneben greets a Blue Knight fan during his team’s 16-2 campaign in 1977. In just his third varsity season, Wittneben’s Knights captured the Colonial Conference title.

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