Dale Kobler, a two-time NJ state champion and the father of Pope John wrestling, has passed away at the age of 92.
In honor of Kobler, we take a look back at all that he accomplished on the mat as a wrestler and coach.
Kobler was a two-time NJ state champion at Newton, winning it twice in 1946 and 1947 at 104 pounds.
He started the wrestling program at Pope John in 1961 and had the team wrestling on the varsity level in 1963-64.
He coached for 12 seasons, amassing an 84-66-3 record and a District 11 title in 1975.
Kobler also coached 11 wrestlers who combined to win 18 District championships, 10 Region championships, and three state titles.
An avid fan of wrestling throughout his life, Kobler attendeded over 30 NCAA wrestling championships.
The first official recommendation of Jersey Wrestling was written by Kobler himself in Septemmber 2018.
"It is the best sport ever. I am 90 years old and former wrestler for 'The father of N.J.wrestling Henry Boresch' at Newton, NJ, H.S. Graduated class of 1947 that had 8 first and 2 second place winners, a record that undoubtedly will never be beaten. Wrestling afforded me the opportunity to start the first wrestling program and coach at Pope John HS in Sparta, NJ for 14 great years.
Once a wrestler always a wrestler. Still follow every form and support all wrestling and have been able to attend 34 NCAA championships.
A sport for all size weights and great for all that compete.
As always in wrestling,
Dale K. Kobler"
Kobler will be missed greatly by the wrestling community, but his legacy will live on through all of those he impacted.
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