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  • WRESTLING: Frankfort native Barbuto in SUNY-Oneonta Hall of Fame

  • DECEMBER 24 WRESTLING



    Frankfort native Frank Barbuto has added a spot in SUNY-Oneonta’s athletic hall of fame to his already impressive wrestling resume.



    A member of Oneonta’s first wrestling team in 1960-61, Barbuto won two NYSIAC 123-pound championships during his college career. He won the school’s first individual title in 1961.

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  • Frankfort native Frank Barbuto has added a spot in SUNY-Oneonta’s athletic hall of fame to his already impressive wrestling resume.
    A member of Oneonta’s first wrestling team in 1960-61, Barbuto won two NYSIAC 123-pound championships during his college career. He won the school’s first individual title in 1961 and completed an undefeated season the following year when he defeated his cousin and fellow 1960 Frankfort Central School graduate Jerry LaMonica 2-0 with a reversal in overtime. LaMonica wrestled at SUNY-Oswego.
    Barbuto compiled a 35-7-5 record on the mat at Oneonta where he was a captain for four years and received the Ke Ro Gen Trophy as most valuable wrestler in 1963. He placed third at the Binghamton YMCA Tournament and reached the quarterfinals of the Wilkes College Tournament in 1961.
    Following his graduation in 1964, Barbuto stayed involved in wrestling as a coach and official. Now retired after 33 years as a science teacher at Middle County Central School District in Centereach, he coached 90 wrestling, cross country and track and field teams at the modified level and is closing in on 50 years as a varsity wrestling official in Suffolk County. He wrestled in 19 alumni meets at Oneonta, competing up to the age of 50 and taking home the meet’s most valuable player award at 46.
    Barbuto is a member of the golden anniversary wrestling team selected in 2010 at Oneonta.
    While in high school, Barbuto was a league champion at 120 pounds.
    Barbuto was inducted into the college’s hall of fame in October of 2011 as  part of a class that included David Ranieri, Christine Fitzpatrick Monfett, William Tremont, Lacey Musso and longtime coach and physical education instructor Cornelius Lynch.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports
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