Bareham inducted into Wrestling Hall of Fame

The Western New York Wrestling Coaches Association inducted former Gowanda Central School varsity coach Ernest Bareham into their Hall of Fame during their 10th Annual Banquet that was held at Ilio Dipaolo’s Restaurant in Blasdell on Sunday, March 9.

On hand to accept the award posthumously for his father was, Bruce Bareham, a 1975 Gowanda Central School graduate. Coach Bareham’s daughter Brenda Bareham Mack traveled to Western New York from her home in the state of Vermont and was also present for the induction.

“We called him Energetic Ernie” his son Bruce stated to the capacity crowd as he accepted the award on behalf his late father. “My dad believed in a creator and realized that he was created for a reason”.

Bareham’s overall 15-year coaching record was 163-45 to go along with his seven Section 6 titles.

Former GCS wrestlers under the Bareham regime Clayton Logan and John Benton were in attendance to support their coach’s induction. Bareham had representation from the “Kid Wrestling” program he started in 1965 as Mark Benton, the first Gowanda Kid Wrestler to reach the Western New York finals in 1967 joined the Gowanda contingent.

Former and current Gowanda wrestling coaches were also present to honor Bareham’s achievement and crowning moment. That list included Denny Crouse (four year assistant and head coach who succeeded Bareham), Chuck Newton, (head coach for seven years), Mark Leous (current head coach who has been involved with the Gowanda wrestling program since 1982) and assistant coaches Sean Gabel and Ray Logan who also both lettered in the sport at GCS.