GEORGE KACAVAS, Class of 1975

KACAVAS_George_2002_1975GEORGE KACAVAS
Class of 1975
Inducted in 2002

Considered by many local wrestling aficionados as perhaps the single most talented performer during the tenure of Hall of Fame Coach George Bossi, George Kacavas compiled career statistics at both the high school and collegiate levels that might well substantiate that belief.

As a standout for Coach Bossi’s powerhouse teams of the mid–1970’s, George enjoyed perhaps the most remarkable career of any wrestler in the storied history of the Lowell High School program.

During his sophomore year (1972–1973), George compiled an undefeated dual meet season in the 101-lb. weight class. In the post-season, George placed 2nd in the North Sectional Meet and garnered a 4th place in the Massachusetts State Championships as the Raiders won the team championship. Making George’s accomplishments more remarkable was the fact that his actual weight during the season hovered around the 80-lb. level!

As a junior (1973–1974) George finished the season undefeated (38–0) in the 101-lb. weight class, winning the Lowell Holiday and the North Sectional (Outstanding Wrestler) Tournaments before culminating his season by winning both Massachusetts State and New England Interscholastic Championships as the Red and Gray won their 2nd consecutive State Team Championship.

Incredibly, George’s senior year (1974–1975) was even more impressive. Now competing in the 106-lb. weight class, George again finished the season undefeated. For the 2nd consecutive year, George won Lowell Holiday and North Sectional Tournament titles. He then went on to win his 2nd consecutive Massachusetts State and New England Interscholastic Championships, winning the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the State Championships. Lowell won its 3rd consecutive Massachusetts State Team Championship and also the New England Team Championship.

At the conclusion of the season, George was named to the National High School All-American Team. He took part in the Pittsburgh Olde News Boy Classic, which pitted wrestlers from all over the United States against Pennsylvania’s best. George defeated the two-time reigning Pennsylvania High School Champion, thus becoming the only Massachusetts wrestler ever to win this tournament.

At the collegiate level, George competed for both Montclair (NJ) State and Louisiana State University. At Montclair State (1975–1976), George won the Metro Conference Championship and placed 3rd in the NCAA Division Ill Championships, earning All-­American honors and a “Key to the City” of Montclair. At Division I power LSU George recorded 3rd (1977) and 4th (1978) place finishes in the Southeastern Conference Championships.

Induction Year: 1975
Graduation/Class Year: 2002
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