Darrel Nightingale Memorial Fund

8/7/1952 - 12/17/2011
Supporting and Maintaining Wellsville Wrestling
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Our Mission-

December 17, 2011 turned out to be the most devastating and incomprehensible day that any member of my family has ever been through.  While driving home from work and traversing a bridge that my father had crossed thousands of times, a sudden change in temperature created a sheet of black ice within minutes.  Despite the fact that he was a non-drinker, wearing a seatbelt, driving 10mph under the speed limit, and had his cellphone turned off and stowed away, my father's truck veered left of center into an oncoming 18-wheeled tanker truck. 
Following the car accident that took my father's life, the wrestling room he built and donated to Wellsville High School has been dedicated to his memory.  It came at a time in which our family needed some good news, so we were extremely honored and welcomed the idea.  High school teammates of mine now run the program and invited me and my brother Jason to the room for a practice, shortly after Dad's memorial service.   Due to lack of funding, the room has been let go to say the least.  The room that was once a show-piece, hosting world class clinicians and the envy of neighboring schools, now had a leaky roof, water and rodent damage to its walls, yellowing paint, and a Wall of Fame that has not been updated.  Though I am honored that the building my dad built will now bear his name, my mission is to make sure it properly represents the names and intentions of the men who originally built it. 
The Darrel Nightingale Memorial Fund (DNMF) is a non-profit organization (in process) with the goal of renovating the Darrel Nightingale Wrestling Room and supporting the Wellsville Wrestling programs.
Darrel's eldest son Jason, recieving his 1st place trophy from Darrel at the Wellsville Invitational

Darrel hugging his son,
Ryan, after a victory
at the OVAC tournament
Darrel posing with his three sons on picture day
in the basement of the 5th Street Church where
practices were held before the wrestling room was built
The Darrel Nightingale Wrestling Room-

In 1983 Coach Mike Kinzel approached my father about starting a youth wrestling program. With Dad on board the Tiger Mite program began during the 83-84 school year with only a handful of kids. Practices were held in a storage room behind the athletic lockerooms in the old Wellsville High School. Coaches Kinzel, Nightingale, Chronister, Monte, and Long quickly grew the program to over 50 kids.  My father headed the fundraising efforts to purchase mats, singlets, and warm-ups for the expanding program.  He purchased used mats for Columbiana High School and moved the practices to the 5th Street Methodist Church. Wanting more for the program and for his three sons who wrestled, Dad began publishing and selling football programs, organizing tag days, running 50/50 drawings, and selling chances on a putt-putt game he built for the cause.  The program raised $30,000 in a little over two years and used the money to buy the materials for the construction of a new wrestling room.  Upon having the building site approved by Board of Education, my dad constructed the wrestling room with the enlisted help of the coaching staff, his athletes, and several dads of the program. The building was donated to the school during the 88-89 school year. 

My father played an integral part in not only fundraising for the program and constructing the wrestling room, but as a coach and manager as well. He coordinated an in-house clinic by 2x Olympic champion John Smith and took the team to watch the USA vs The World All-Stars dual in Pittsburgh. He coached the Tigers to an OVAC title, a sectional title, a district runner-up, and a top 5 finish in the state of Ohio. He coached a state champion, 2 state runners-up, and over 10 state placers and qualifiers during his 12 year coaching career. Perhaps his greatest coaching accomplishment was sitting in the chair for all 329 matches that his sons wrestled for the Wellsville Tigers.
 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Friday, June 29, 2012
Yellow Creek Presbyterian Church
17374 St. Rt. 45
Wellsville, Ohio 43968
Tickets $7 (Available at the door)
Pre-sale Tickets available at (330)532-2020
Dinner includes: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread,
dessert, iced tea, and coffee
Plus a 50-50 raffle and Chinese auction baskets

Contact Us
DNMF Principle Officer- Ryan Nightingale
Mailing Address- 9878 Pebble Beach Cove
                                 Reminderville, Ohio 44202
Donations can be made at Huntington Bank
DNMF Darrel Nightingale Memorial Fund
-A Special Thank You-
David Shields- Site Creator
Deb Rutledge- Eventbrite Coordinator
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