LANCASTER, Pa. – Former Franklin & Marshall grappler David H. Lehman '68 was announced for induction into the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a recipient of the "Outstanding American" Award – reserved for individuals who were wrestlers but also achieved excellence in another walk of life.
Lehman will officially be inducted during a "Hall of Fame Day" celebration at the Hershey Lodge on Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Tickets for the banquet, which begins with a social at 12:00 p.m., cost $55 per person and can be purchased online by clicking here.
The Hall of Fame class of 2018 includes a total of 10 members, with seven being given "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" Awards, along with Lehman, who will be joined by one other "Outstanding American" Award recipient. Another former wrestler will be recognized with the "Medal of Courage" Award.
Lehman, who competed at Solanco High School and was on the Diplomats' wrestling team for four years, endowed F&M's Division I wrestling program in the fall of 2014 with a $5 million gift that will continue to benefit generations of student-athletes at the College. In honor of Lehman's gift, the College renamed the popular F&M Open wrestling tournament, which annually attracts nearly 400 collegiate wrestlers from nationally prominent programs, as the David H. Lehman F&M Open.
For his many volunteer contributions to F&M, Lehman earned the College's Alumni Medal for service in 2007. He is a founding member of the Diplomat Athletic Club, a volunteer organization supporting F&M athletics, and was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2013, serving on the enrollment, student life, and technology committees. He was instrumental in the formation of Beat the Streets Lancaster, a youth wrestling program in Lancaster County that develops youth through the sport, as well as tutoring and mentoring.
To read more about Lehman's accomplishments, click here.
This year's class marks the 25th in the history of the Pennsylvania Chapter, which was the first chapter established by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame when the State Chapter System was created. Each of this year's inductees will be permanently recognized at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma.