Oswego Hall of Fame inducts eight

eight former athletes honoredEight former SUNY Oswego athletes and coaches were honored by the Oswego Alumni Athletic Association with induction into the Hall of Fame Saturday, Nov. 5, on campus.

Wendy Bolton, a 1975 SUNY Oswego graduate, was a five-sport varsity athlete, competing in field hockey, basketball, volleyball, softball and swimming. Bolton was recognized as an Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1973 and 1974. She is the career goal-scoring leader in field hockey with 54 goals and was the basketball team’s Most Valuable Player and leading scorer in 1973. A member of the swim team, Bolton was also team captain in basketball, softball and volleyball and was named Oswegonian Player of the Year in 1972.

Tony Conigliaro, a 1964 Oswego graduate, led the men’s basketball team in scoring in 1964 and was SUNY Athletic Conference MVP. He was on the First-Team All-SUNY Tournament Team in 1964, the SUNYAC championship team in 1962 and 1964, was team co-captain and was recognized in 1963-64 on the All-Conference Team and the Conference First-Team Defense. Conigliaro has coached four high school sports (including a championship basketball team), played semi-pro basketball and is an active referee.

Joanne Forbes-Murphy of the class of 1977 was honored for her achievements in basketball, softball and volleyball. At the end of the 1977-78 season, she held seven basketball records, including most points scored (583), highest field goal percentage (40.9) and highest rebound per game (11.7). She also was a member of the softball team and captain of the volleyball team.

Mike Kohl, a 1996 SUNY Oswego graduate, is the youngest inductee thus far to the Hall of Fame. A two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association All-American, placing fourth in 1996 and seventh in 1995, he was also honored twice as an Academic All-American. Kohl was the wrestling team captain from 1994 to 1996 and has an overall record of 104-55. He also was a four-time New York state place finisher, finishing fourth in 1996, eighth in 1995, sixth in 1994 and seventh in 1993.

Wayne Levi was MVP of Oswego’s golf team in 1971 and 1972. Also, in 1972, he was SUNY golf champion and runner-up in the NCAA College Division Golf Championship. More recently he was honored as PGA Player of the Year in 1990 and has 12 PGA wins and two Champions Tour wins to his credit. His career earnings to date total $7.5 million.

Kurt Vander Bogart, a 1976 Oswego graduate, was swim team captain in his senior year (1975-76) and co-captain in 1974-75. He also holds school records in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 freestyle events. He was NCAA Division III All-American in 1974-75 and again in 1975-76. Vander Bogart is a member of the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America and is a certified USA Swimming Coach and State of New Mexico coach. He has held a variety of coaching positions in New York state and New Mexico.

Glendon Widrick, a 1974 graduate, was honored for his achievements in baseball. Widrick, SUNY Oswego Athlete of the Year in 1974, led the NCAA Division III with the lowest earned run average (1.09) and was fourth in wins that year. He pitched the first SUNY Oswego no-hitter and the only nine-inning no-hitter in Oswego history. In 1972 he came in fourth in NCAA Division III with an ERA of 1.07 and was eighth in wins.

Honored posthumously was Arwin Hamm of the Oswego class of 1922. The first African-American athlete and the second African–American graduate of Oswego, he earned a varsity letter in baseball and football. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1986. Grandson of a runaway slave, Riley Hamm, Arwin Hamm funded student awards, including the Arwin A. Hamm Jr. Award for baseball, the Riley Hamm Award for history, the Carlotta L. Hamm Award for technology and the Georgia Barnes Award in English. The Arwin A. Hamm Jr. Award is given annually to a student with two years of all-conference or all-state recognition, outstanding academic status and outstanding leadership.

The Oswego Alumni Association established the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to Oswego State athletics. Its purpose is to perpetuate the memory of those who have brought honor, distinction and excellence to the SUNY Oswego in athletics.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Athletic achievers—Recently inducted into the Oswego State Athletic Hall of Fame were, seated from left, Wendy Bolton ‘75, women’s field hockey, basketball, softball, volleyball; Joanne Forbes-Murphy ‘77, women’s basketball, softball, volleyball; and Wayne Levi, golf; and, standing from left, Michael Kohl ‘96, wrestling; Kurt Vander Bogart ‘76, swimming; Glendon Widrick ‘74, men’s baseball; and Tony Conigliaro ‘64, men’s basketball. Inducted posthumously was Arwin Hamm of the Oswego class of 1922, who starred in baseball and football.

(Posted: Nov 16, 2005)