California Hall-of-Famer Pat Lovell Passes – RIP


A three sport athlete at Sequoia High School. Pat competed for Cal Poly (1956-60) where he was a three year varsity football letterman and four year varsity wrestler including winning the PCI Heavyweight Championship in 1958 and 1960. Pat placed in 13 National Freestyle and Greco-Roman championships. He was a member of the 1964 Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team. Pat started his coaching career at James Lick High School in San Jose where he coached Jim Plunkett and Dan Lloyd among many other outstanding wrestlers. He moved to Monta Vista High School, where his teams won numerous league championships, then to Cabrillo College where he was the wrestling coach and assistant football coach. This past year, Pat concluded his 42nd straight year of high school and college officiating. He has been considered one of the outstanding officials in the nation and officiated at 17 NCAA Division I, 17 Pac-10, 15 California State High School, 2 Jr World, and 17 National Open championship tournaments. He is the CCS Regional High School Commissioner, was instrumental in organizing the Bay Area Wrestling Association, and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall Of Fame as an official.