OLEAN, NY — Olean Mayor William Aiello presented a key to the city to Olean High School alumnus Jeff Prescott in a ceremony in the mayor’s office on Nov. 8
Prescott was in Olean after being inducted in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 7. He is considered one of the best wrestlers in Western New York history.
During his high school career, Prescott won four consecutive Section VI championships in his weight class (1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987) and three New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships (1985, 1986 and 1987). He also was named the New York State Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1986.
Prescott was named a high school All-American in 1987, and he held the state record for victories at 210 and the state record for consecutive wins at 120 during his time under coach Jim Meyers.
Prescott continued his wrestling career at Penn State University and was the NCAA Division I champion in 1990 and 1991. He was also a three-time NCAA All American (1989, 1990 and 19910, a University Freestyle champion in 1991 and a junior world champion. He was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 1991 NCAA tournament.
In 2007, he was named to the Eastern Wrestling League Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Prescott has continued with a career in wresting, mentoring and coaching the next generation of wrestlers.
“On behalf of the City of Olean I congratulate Jeff for being inducted in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame” Mayor Aiello said. “His wrestling career is a testament that hard work and dedication pays off. Olean is proud to be the hometown of Jeff Prescott.”
Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox.