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Leadership award started for longtime Wagoner wrestling coach David Harlow
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Leadership award started for longtime Wagoner wrestling coach David Harlow

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Related: Harlow left a lasting impression on all who worked with him

Sixth-grade wrestler Collin Moore is the first student-athlete awarded the inaugural “Coach Harlow Leadership Award” in the Wagoner TakeDown Club, a wrestling club for 5-15 year-olds in Wagoner.

The award honors students athletes who embody everything that Coach David Harlow stood for: team-work, dedication and encouragement.

David Harlow passed away April 24, 2020 in Wagoner. He was a teacher and coach of multiple sports, including wrestling, football, soccer and track and field. He was eventually hired as a junior high school assistant principal, and progressed as Administrative Assistant for the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and then Superintendent of Wagoner Public Schools.

Wagoner Youth wrestling Coach Billy Burt said Moore is a division-four wrestler with a big heart.

“When his teammates are losing, Moore will pat them on the back and say it’s okay. He’s an all-around team person that works hard,” Burt said.

Moore was honored on Sept. 21, the same day the Wagoner Takedown Club joined the Wagoner Area Chamber of Commerce.

Burt believes joining the chamber is crucial to attracting new members and getting their name out there before they start their annual tournament once fall sports are over. It’s exactly what Coach Harlow would have wanted.

Sign-ups for the Wagoner Takedown Club have already started. More information can be found on their Facebook page.

“Some people that may not know we have a youth wrestling team may realize it now,” Burt said.

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