Honesdale's Matt Evans and Rob Borkowski are the first-ever recipients of a wrestling scholarship established in honor of Rich "Chooch" Chulada, Hall of Fame coach.

This past weekend, the Hornets officially brought down the curtain on an exciting 2011-’12 season with their year-end banquest...which was hosted once again by the Friends of Wrestling.

One of the highlights of this year’s banquet was the start of a brand new scholarship named in honor of former Honesdale varsity Coach Rich Chulada.

“I’m very honored,” said Coach Chulada, just back from his annual sojourn to the Sunshine State. “One of the things I?like most about this is that the scholarship will help some deserving kids who might not otherwise be in the limelight.”

The 2011-’12 recipients of the award are Rob Borkowski and Matt Evans. Both are seniors and each is hoping to continue his career at the next level.

Evans became just the 5th grappler in Hornet history to reach 100 wins. Borkowski battled his way to 10 victories this seaosn, including eight by pinfall.

A Bit of History
“Chooch” taught at HHS for 35 years and for 32 of those years was head varsity wrestling coach.

He is a 1967 graduate of Wilkes Barre Coughlin and  earned his bachelor’s degree in 1973 from Wake Forest University where he was an NCAA football star.

Chulada came to Honesdale in 1974 and immediately immersed himself in teaching and coaching. Under his direction, the Hornets piled up 376 wins and were a perennial presence at the top of the Lackawanna League standings.

“Chooch” earned Coach of the Year honors three times and was duly elected to the PA Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2000. He retired from coaching due to health reasons in ‘05.

“I?really miss being involved with the kids,” he admitted. “But, I left the program in excellent hands.”

Chooch’s son, Ryan, has been head coach since his da’s retirement. This year, the Hornets posted a 3-2 record in the always-rugged Division I.