Former WHS wrestling coach inducted into Hall of Fame

Bernie Graser

Bernie Graser

Bernie Graser, former Westfield High School varsity wrestling coach, has been inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Graser was the head coach at Westfield High School from 1973 to 1987. During his tenure, he compiled a career coaching record in dual meets of 127-41-4, an impressive winning percentage of 73.8, and guided his teams to nine conference titles.

He started his wrestling career as a member of the Waterloo West High School wrestling team and was the 1967 Class AA 120-pound Iowa State Champion. He was a member of the Purdue University varsity wrestling team for three years from 1970 to 1972 before starting his teaching and coach career at Westfield High School.

In 1987, Graser left WHS to begin his career as a school administrator. His first administrative job was as the athletic director at Harrison High School in West Lafayette. He finished his career as superintendent of the Frontier School Corp. where he was instrumental in adding wrestling as a varsity sport.