Chittenango Bears, Mohawk Valley Wrestling Club


Don McGee is a distinguished member of the wrestling community in New York State and around the world. He gives himself in every way possible to the sport.

He started his wrestling career in Chittenango, NY. He was coached by Hall of Fame coaches Bill Pashley, Art Hirt, and Frank DiChristina. This is where his love for the sport was cultivated.

In 1978, Don returned to Chittenango to start the "Bear Club" pee wee wrestling program. In 1981, he incorporated Freestyle wrestling into the club so kids could work towards their Olympic dreams. This program was one of a kind. There was no other program in the area teaching freestyle at that time.

In 1983, he became involved with the Empire State Games as an offical and coach. For the last ten years, he has served as the Director of Wrestling for the Central Region. That same year, along with other businessmen, Don founded the Mohawk Valley Wrestling Club. He became president of the world class club in 1988. Don is responsible for making the club one of the most successful youth clubs in the country and definitely, the most traveled.

In 1987, Don arranged the first foreign trip for the club. They traveled to Gremany for ten days. Since then, Don has taken thousands of high school wrestlers from the Section III area to more than 14 different countries. They include trips to China, Turkey, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Belguim, and most recently, the Netherlands.

For the past 25 years, Don has been a very active and influential member of the New York State Board of USA Wrestling, which oversees Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling at all levels in the state.

Don McGee has given and continues to give to the sport in immeasurable ways. He is truly an ambassador of the sport of wrestling.

The Section III Wrestling Committee is proud to welcome Don McGee into the Section III Wrestling Hall of Fame.