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Mar 24, 2018
Charlton Heights Elementary SchoolPashley Elementary SchoolStevens Elementary SchoolO'Rourke Middle SchoolBH-BL High School

Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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David Watson

Class of 1987, Wrestling and Cross Country

Dave began wrestling in the summer program after second grade. He attributes his brother Doug (Class of 1981) his boyhood hero to motivating him in starting the sport. Whatever Doug did, Dave wanted to do also. Despite only starting wrestling in the 9th grade, Doug accumulated a phenomenal record of 113-11 and 2nd place at State his senior year. The year Doug started wrestling, so did Dave. During the summer of 8th grade while attending Wrestling Camp with the Harvard Wrestling Coach Phil Pekhar, Dave established the goal of a state championship as his End Goal for Wrestling. Under the excellent tutelage of Tim Koch, Phil Wright and Joe Demeo his club coach, he was able to achieve his goal during his Senior season.

David Watson won the New York State Wrestling Tournament in the 138 pound category as a senior. He also won the Section 2 Championships that year, and won the DeMeo Award, which is the Section 2 Top Wrestling Award. His senior record of 34-1 places him 5th on the All Time BH-BL Wrestling list for winning percentages at 97.1%. In his 35 matches as a senior, David pinned 26 times, earning him 2nd place on the all time list of pins with 74%. David started wrestling as an eighth grader, and won 15 matches that year, placing him tied for 10th place on the most wins for and 8th grader list. He is tied for 7th place with 34 wins as a senior. David earned the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award as a
junior and a senior, tying T.J. Wright for the honor both years. He was inducted into the BH-BL Wrestling Hall of Excellence in 2009 with his brother, Doug.

Dave also excelled in cross country and outdoor track. During his career at Burnt Hills Dave earned thirteen Varsity letters and maintained a 3.81 G.P.A. while doing so. David is ranked 67th on the All Time Performances Cross Country list at Saratoga Spa State Park, running the 3.04 mile course in 16:36 as a senior in 1986. He was a Captain of seven different teams during his time on Varsity from 1981-1987. Dave was selected his senior year as Co-Male Athlete of the Year with Tom Huerter, another spectacular athlete who went on to a great career in basketball. The month after graduating from High School Dave joined both his brothers and dad by becoming an Adirondack 46R. He completed his final climb of the 46 High Peaks on Mt. Allen in the Adirondack Mountain Range.

After high school, Dave went on to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and earned a degree in Physics Education with a Minor in Chemistry. He taught High School Chemistry, Physics and Physical Science in Oklahoma for eight years. He also Coached Varsity Wrestling, Football and Track. His involvement in sports and coaching led him to coach all of his now eight kids sports teams: Wrestling, Football, Track, Baseball, Softball and Soccer to name a few. He has been working as a Senior Executive Marketing Representative for Merck Pharmaceuticals and has been involved in Mercks' Diabetes, Cholesterol, Arthritis and Asthma franchises. He has won numerous Company District, Region and National Marketing Awards from Rookie of the Year up to Vice Presidents Award in his career with Merck.

Dave and his wife Leiani live in Nor-man, Oklahoma, the home of the Sooners and many tornadic storms. He helped raise two stepsons, a niece, a daughter, two sons.  Dave has stayed consistently active in his church community and the Global Community through outreach and Missions.