BILL MCCAULEY
BILL MCCAULEY

Skaneateles Lakers

 

Bill McCauley joined the Skaneateles Central High School wrestling team in 1965 as a five foot, nine inch, 235 pound grappler who had never stepped on a wrestling mat in his life. Much like his team, that posted an 0-11 record that year, Bill had a 1-5 varsity record. The one win was awarded to him because his opponent body locked him 4 times and was disqualified!

Still, Bill had fallen in love with the sport and worked very hard to achieve an 8-7 record the next year. In his junior year he was now well over 6 feet tall and he weighed about 225 pounds. He won the 16 team Onondaga County High School League tournament, and was named the MOW along with the championship. He then shocked everyone, as he raised his record to 19-0, by winning the Section III 235 pound weight class to qualify for the New York State High School Championship. However, he lost his first match in the "States" and he finished 19-1, since they did not have a wrestle-back system in place. In 1969, New York State changed the wrestling weight classes, and Bill won the Section III title at 215. Reaching the finals in the RIT Field House, he fell behind Jesse Holiday of Lindenhurst 9-2, but made a furious comeback to go ahead 15-14 in the third period before gaining the fall for his state title. He made history as he became the first ever New York State Champion from Onondaga County.

Bill accepted a full ride scholarship to Iowa State, and had the wonderful experience of being the same team as 1972 Olympian Medal winners Dan Gable, Ben Peterson and Chris Taylor. After graduating, he returned to Skaneateles where he married his wife Cynthia. They have two children, Joseph and Alison.