Jason Shaughnessy named to National Hall of Fame

Warde coaches Jason Shaughnessy (right) and Bob Gillen flank Charlie Kane, Dan Ebert and Timmy Kane, after the trio qualified for the New England wrestling tournament.

Fairfield’s Jason Shaughnessy is one of six individuals from the state’s wrestling community selected for induction into the Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

The Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame will hold an induction dinner on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the MGM Hotel at Foxwoods to honor Shaughnessy, Charlie Anderson, John Bennett, Patrick Burns, Carmen DelVecchio and Dennis Siegmann for their contribution to the sport of wrestling and our communities.

Shaughnessy, the high school coach at Fairfield Warde and Fairfield High is founder and coach with the Police Athletic League (PAL) youth wrestling program in Fairfield.

Anderson, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient who has served in the Connecticut Army National Guard for more than 30 years, has been head wrestling coach at both Trumbull High and Norwalk High.

Bennett is a coach, official and four-time member of the U.S. Veterans World team.

Burns, former New Milford High coach, is an official and CIAC wrestling committee member.

DelVecchio is one of the top officials in New England and in the nation.

Siegmann, the former head coach at Bristol Central High for 22 years, was an assistant coach at two junior colleges that won four national championships in six years.

Shaughnessy, Bennett, Burns, DelVecchio and Siegmann will receive a Lifetime Achievement award for coaches, officials, or contributors with at least 20 years of service.

Anderson is being recognized as an Outstanding American, a former wrestler who is highly successful in his/her profession.

All six men will be permanently recognized in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Stillwater, Oklahoma) with an embossed name plaque, and each receives a plaque and jacket to commemorate the occasion.

These six will join 38 other inductees in the Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the banquet will be available online after Oct. 1.

Learn more about the Connecticut chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the 2019 inductees and the 2019 induction dinner by going to the website at ctwrestling7.homestead.com/halloffame.html

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