Gary Baumgartner, a native of Wauseon, was named to the Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Hall of Fame during their holiday tournament on Dec. 27-28.
Baumgartner graduated from Wauseon High School in 1963 where he played football, basketball, and baseball, and is a member of the Wauseon Athletic Hall of Fame. He began his teaching career at Middletown High School in Ohio where he was the head wrestling coach there for 12 years. In 1971, he started the Middletown Invitational and has been managing wrestling tournaments for over 45 years.
In 1983, Baumgartner wrote his own computer program to manage wrestling tournaments and that program was used in over 2,500 tournaments. He has coordinated data entry, seeding, brackets, and scoring for the GMVWA since 1986. He has also helped with a multitude of other tournaments including the Medina Invitational, the Catholic Invitational, and numerous conference, sectional, and district tournaments. He was inducted into the Medina Invitational Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2007.
Baumgartner has coordinated computer management of the OHSAA wrestling tournament since 1995 and still uses the original program. He now coordinates the OHSAA state wrestling tournament series with online entry for the sectionals, and transfer of qualifiers from sectional to district to state.
In 1999, he created baumspage.com as a service to coaches, athletes and families, and fans of wrestling. The goal was and still remains to provide quick and accurate posting of results and other miscellaneous tournament information. In 2001, he created an Online Entry System to facilitate data entry for wrestling and the next year adapted it for track, cross country, and golf.
Gary retired from the Edgewood City School District as technology coordinator in 1997, and he and his wife Pauline live in Middletown and spend most of the winter in Sarasota, Florida.
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