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Tommy Castle, coach who built Scott County wrestling, passes

Tommy Castle, credited with taking the Scott County High School wrestling program from the ground up a decade ago -- turning it into a major force within the state of Kentucky -- died last week after a long illness. He was 59.

Tommy Castle
A native of Lexington, Ky., Castle began crafting a successful mat career in the heart of Bluegrass, having wrestled on the 1977 KHSAA team and as a 1978 individual state champ at Woodford County High School.

Although he spent much of his time as a wrestler and coach in Kentucky, Castle wrestled his collegiate career at Indiana University, under legendary Hoosier head coach (and 1960 Olympic gold-medal-winning wrestler) Doug Blubaugh, who prior to wrestling at the Rome Games, had earned NCAA honors at Oklahoma State.

When hired as head coach at Scott County High in 2011, Scott told the News-Graphic -- the local newspaper serving that region -- that his own character was a reflection of his coach at Indiana U., Blubaugh.

That same newspaper included powerful quotes from some of Scott's own wrestlers.

"One of the greatest honors of my life has been the opportunity to have been coached by this man," wrote Nick Lolli. "The lessons he taught transcend the wrestling mat and have truly made an impact on everyone he's ever coached. Not only was he a good coach, he was an even better man."

Another accomplished Cardinal grappler, Lucas Harrison, wrote, "God gained one of the greatest men I've ever known."

Tommy Castle is survived by his wife Ellie, their four children, and one granddaughter.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorial Contributions be made to Scott County Wrestling Boosters C/O Allan Bryan, 143 Anne Jennings Way, Georgetown, KY 40324. A 501c3 charitable organization.

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