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June 5, 2013

Local coach tops Buffalo Hall Class of 2013

Dick Diminuco will be inducted this fall at Buffalo Hyatt Regency



In addition to tennis, General loved the sport of baseball, having played for the Buffalo Negro Giants, a barnstorming team that played games throughout the region. He was quite proud of his association with both Willie Mays and Joe Louis and loved to “show them around town” when they came to Buffalo. He passed away at the age of 82 in May of 2002.
Ed Don George
A Village of Wales native, George made an early mark on the wrestling world when he won a Silver Medal at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam.
After the Olympics and his college career at St. Bonaventure and the University of Michigan, George entered the professional wrestling ring. He won the World Heavyweight Championship in 1930, and regained the title two other times, in 1933 and 1939. However, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, George put his wrestling career on hold to join the Navy as a Navy Commander.  
At the end of the war, George, announced his retirement with a local record of 132-16-16, with an estimate of close to 900 total matches.  In 1948 George formed the Upstate Athletic Club, which eventually controlled wrestling in 92 different communities. 
George also worked as a wrestling promoter in Cuba, until Fidel Castro came to power. He retired from the wrestling business and moved to Florida.  He was later inducted to both the St. Bonaventure and University of Michigan Hall of Fames, before passing away in 1985.
Fred Hartrick
Hartrick is the latest member of the Bengals family to be inducted into the Buffalo Hall.
It took 36 years for Fred to work his way through the athletic department at Buffalo State. 
Referred to as the “Father of the Modern Era of Buffalo State Athletics,” Hartrick led the Bengals through its “Golden Age” from the mid-60s through the 1980s.
Most notably, on the coaching side, he instructed athletes in men’s soccer, baseball, bowling and golf.

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