Former Mountain Cat Standout Troy Barbush to Be inducted into Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame
02/28/12...The NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association has announced the induction of seven individuals to the Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame, which includes three with ties to Colorado State University-Pueblo, three individuals from Colorado School of Mines, and Troy Barbush, a four-time All-American and 1999 National Champion from Pitt-Johnstown... (Full Release)
Manheim, PA native Troy Barbush truly left his mark on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown wrestling program. Barbush ended his stellar Mountain Cat career as a four-time NCAA Division II All-American, a four-time National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) First-Team All-Academic Wrestling Team choice, an individual National Champion, and a member of Pitt-Johnstown’s National Championship teams in 1996 and 1999.
After winning a PIAA State title at Manheim Central High School in 1994, Barbush brought his talents to Pitt-Johnstown to wrestler for Hall of Fame Coach Pat Pecora. Barbush red-shirted as a true freshman, before jumping right into the Mountain Cats’ starting line-up as a red-shirt freshman in 1995-96 on his way to placing fifth at the National Tournament and helping Pitt-Johnstown claim its first ever team national championship.
Barbush continued to excel on the mat and in the classroom for Coach Pecora. He followed his first season up with three East Regional titles, two more fifth-place national finishes in 1997 and 1998, and two more NWCA First-Team All-Academic honors.
However, it was the 1998-99 season that put the finishing touches on his outstanding career. Barbush helped the Mountain Cats win the Division II National Duals Tournament, earned his third East Regional crown, and claimed the 1999 165-lb. national championship. His 8-4 win over Nebraska-Omaha’s Chris Blair gave him his individual championship and secured Pitt-Johnstown’s second team title in three years.
Barbush’s 113 career victories still rank 12th on the Mountain Cat All-time Wins List, while his 34 regular season and 39 total wins in 1997-98 are still Mountain Cat records.
Barbush graduated from Pitt-Johnstown in 1999 with a degree in Elementary Education. For five years, he was an elementary school teacher and high school wrestling coach in Phoenix, AZ. He is currently a General Superintendent for Austin Electric Services L.L.C. in Phoenix and assistant Wrestling Coach at Grand Canyon University under Head Coach R.C. LaHaye.
Barbush, a 2011 Lancaster-Lebanon League Hall of Fame inductee, and his wife Jeni have two children, Gracey and Cael.
The induction ceremony will be held Thursday, March 8, at Mama’s Italian Kitchen, 2928 N. Elizabeth St., in Pueblo, Colo. at 6 p.m. The ceremony is in conjunction with a reception for coaches and dignitaries particpating in the 50th Annual NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, also held in Pueblo on March 9 and 10.