Karl Schnure

About This Inductee

Karl Schnure graduated from Watsontown High School in Watsontown, Pennsylvania in 1952. He was very active in the sports programs at the high school where he lettered three years in football at the position of quarterback ,four years varsity baseball, playing centerfield position, and two years in basketball. When Schnure was a senior, the football and baseball teams were undefeated. The football team gave up only 39 points on defense, and the baseball team won the District 4 Championships (which was as far as you could go at that time). Karl attended East Stroudsburg State College and graduated with B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education in 1956. While at East Stroudsburg, he lettered in soccer and track. Karl coached at Wyalusing Pennsylvania. He was head football coach for nine years, track and field head coach for eight years, and wrestling head coach for twenty-two years. In 1968 he coached Bob Hanzok, Wyalusing’s first track State Champ in the High Jump. Karl is best known in the sport of wrestling where he compiled a career record of 207-99-1. During decade of the 60’s, his wrestling teams lost only eleven dual meets. His team had win streaks of 22, 31 (losing only 1 meet out of 42), and 32 (losing 1 meet out of 55). He had three undefeated teams and won fourteen league championships. He coached Floyd “Shorty” Hitchcock, who later became an NCAA Champ was the outstanding wrestler in the tournament. The Wyalusing Rams wrestling teams won the North Sectional District 4 Tournament nine times, the District 4 Tournament twice, and were runner-ups four times. They had 53 individual sectional champs/44 runner-ups and 8 individual district champions/11 runner-ups (this being when wrestling was all one class). The Rams won the coveted Williamsport Holiday Tournament in 1968 with three individual champs, and the Warrior Run Tournament in 1970. Karl was Coach of the Year for the North Section Coach of the Year for District 4 and Secretary of the State Wrestling Coaches Association for two years. He was elected to the North Section Wrestling Hall of Fame, the District 4 Hall of Fame, and the Pennsylvania State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame. Karl served as Athletic Director for the Wyalusing Area Jr. – Sr. High School until his retirement in December, 1994. Since his retirement, Karl enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing golf with his sons, Ron and Jim. Also, spoiling granddaughters, Amber Joy and Bobbie Jean.