*DR. VINCENT ZUARO, Holy Cross ’47, Brooklyn’sVince Zuaro was a standout athlete for Boy’s High School. He attended Holy Cross and made the outstanding defensive play of the 1946 Orange Bowl. Vince received master’s and PhD degrees from NYU, retiring in 1983 as Superintendent of Schools. His wrestling career began in 1953 as coach of Freeport HS (LI). Zuaro’s record after 11 years at Freeport and two at Columbia University was 132-62.
First officiating in 1963, founded in ’69 the U.S. Wrestling Officials Association and authored the U.S. Federation rule book for two decades. Vince created the first freestyle officiating clinics and trained over 5,000 officials, retiring in 1988. He officiated 12 NCAAs, five Olympics and 34 World Championships. Vince received five F.I.L.A Crosses of Honor, international wrestling’s top award. He helped found the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, was inducted as a Distinguished Member (an officials’ room named after him); was a founder of the U.S. Wrestling Federation, was named the Federation’s Man of the Year in 1972. He passed away in 2011 after having been inducted into numerous halls of fame, including Helms.