Voorhees High School Wrestling

It was in between rounds of the New Jersey State Championship Tournament in Princeton when Assistant Coach Tom Heilman realized the Voorhees Wrestling Program had come to the point of prominence.  A year earlier the program made some waves in the state by putting together a team that ranked second in the state, but the individual tournament is the sport’s biggest stage.  In 1981, while passing the time in a restaurant, a coach from another program that none of the Voorhees coaches knew, approached and gushed about what he saw out of that Hall kid.  As Coach Heilman reminisces, “This guy went out of his way to come talk to us.  He was congratulating us before Glenn even won the tournament.  At that point, I thought to myself, ‘wow, we really have arrived.’”  As most local wrestling fanatics will attest to, Glenn Hall is the wrestler who made Voorhees High School a household name in New Jersey wrestling.

It was no secret as to what Voorhees was getting when Glenn Hall showed up in the wrestling room as a freshman.  By some accounts, it was estimated that he had already wrestled 1,000 matches before he turned fifteen years old, most of which he won.  He made an immediate impact on the team as a virtually guaranteed win at the 101-pound weight class.  Glenn lost only a handful of times that year en route to winning his first of four District 17 titles.  Though unable to make it out of the Regions as a freshman, Glenn made it all the way to the New Jersey State Quarterfinals at 101 pounds as a sophomore.   His loss on that day would be his last for a full two years.  Glenn’s junior year was when he made history.  In a 1-0 win over Greg Taylor of Millville in the 101-pound final, Glenn became Voorhees’ first State Champion.  That year he was selected by Scholastic Coach Magazine for the Vans All-American High School Wrestling team.  He was also ranked number one in the country at 105-pound weight class for USA Freestyle Wrestling.  As a senior, Glenn was undefeated going into the state finals.  He lost in his rematch with Taylor, but his legacy had already been cemented.

When looking at all of his accomplishments, it becomes clear that Glenn Hall is the most successful scholastic wrestler in the History of Voorhees.  His career record of 89-6-2 gives him the best winning percentage in Voorhees History; 91.75%.  He pinned 46 out of the 97 wrestlers he faced in high school, a total that ranks fourth all-time and a percentage that ranks seventh.  He is one of only four state champs in Voorhees history.  Only two other Voorhees wrestler has finished in the top eight in the state three times, and Glenn is only one of two wrestlers to make it to the state finals twice.  In addition to being a standout individually, Glenn was also a vital cog on some fantastic Voorhees teams.  As a sophomore, he was on the 20-0 Sectional Championship Team that was part of the original induction class of the Voorhees Athletic Hall of Fame.  As a senior, Glenn helped anchor the 1982 team that gave Voorhees Wrestling its first New Jersey Group Championship.  Glenn was inducted into the New Jersey Region 5 Hall of Fame in 1996.

Glenn’s contributions to Voorhees Wrestling did not end when he hung up his singlet.  He came back to the program as a volunteer assistant coach for the 1986-87 season and stayed all the way through the 1998 season.  Presently, only four other coaches in the program’s history have spent as much time on the Voorhees Wrestling bench.  In his tenure as an assistant, Glenn was invaluable to the program as a lower-weights coach.  He took time out of his work schedule to lace up his shoes and roll with the finest Voorhees had to offer.