WVU Sports Hall of Fame
Written by Shelly Poe
Scott Collins put West Virginia wrestling in the national spotlight in 1991 when he became the first Mountaineer grappler to win a national championship and guided WVU to a sixth-place team finish at the NCAA tournament, still the highest finish in program history.
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Collins became WVU's 12th EWL champion when he won that tournament in 1991 and was named EWL wrestler of the year. Ranked No. 1 in the nation all season, Collins dominated the 149-pound weight class as a senior, posting a 40-1 record (undefeated in EWL action) and downing Oklahoma State's Chuck Barbee at the 1991 NWCA All-Star Classic.
Leaving an impression on the WVU record books, he ranks first in season wins for a 149-pounder (40), first in season pins (13), tied for second in career wins (119) and third in EWL tournament wins (10). He is a member of the EWL, Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches' and the Pennsylvania District 9 Halls of Fame.
Collins resides in his hometown of Clearfield, Pa., where he teaches physical education at his alma mater, Clearfield High. He is married to former WVU gymnast Elizabeth Foltz and they have one daughter, Ellen.