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Mr. Denis Tallini
Nickname: Fuzzy

1908 Pickard Road
Thomaston, GA 30286

Georgia High School Association
151 S. Bethel Street
Thomaston, GA 30286
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706 -647-5048
National Wrestling Hall of Fame - Georgia Chapter- 2018 Inductees
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma is pleased to announce the Class of 2018 to be inducted by the Hall of Fame in the state of Georgia. The Georgia Chapter inductees will be honored during the "Honors Celebration Banquet” at 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta located at 1775 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth.
The class of 2018 includes seven individuals who will be inducted as "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" recipients in recognition of contributing at least twenty years to the sport of wrestling as a coach, referee or contributor.
The Georgia inductees into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame are as follows:
Lifetime Service to Wrestling
Stacey L. Davis, Sr. (Powder Springs, GA) – current coach at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School; FILA/Olympic official and former longtime GHSA official and head of Georgia Wrestling Officials Association; many years as coach of Team Georgia USA wrestling teams, former standout at the University of North Carolina,

Jerry Goldstein (Atlanta, GA) – current assistant coach at the Lovett School; past Georgia Tech and Florida assistant; longtime coach of Georgia Kids programs for Walton HS and Morris Fitness; high school head coach in Michigan and Georgia; Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame,

William Howington (Gainesville, GA) – 44 years of service as a championship high school coach (Winder-Barrow, Monroe Area and Dawson County) and/or GHSA wrestling official in Georgia,

Pat McCance (Loganville, GA) – Successful head coach at Pebblebrook HS and Loganville HS; many years as McEachern HS assistant/associate head coach during their reign as top dog in GHSA wrestling circles; active member of the Atlanta Takedown Association,

Don St. James (Roswell, GA) – highly regarded coach at north Atlanta area high schools (Etowah, Centennial and Cambridge); former assistant coach at the University of Tennessee under legendary coach Gray Simons; sought after clinician at numerous camps and clinics across the country; coached 13 GHSA state champions; collegiate star at UGA and University of Tennessee,

Denis Tallini (Thomaston, GA) – 42 years of service, most recently as GHSA associate director; past member of National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) wrestling rules committee; 31 years as a high school wrestling official in Louisiana with 11 more after his move to Georgia; a mainstay on the mats for state-level tournaments; remains active as an official with the Metro Atlanta Wrestling Officials; former collegiate star at Mohawk Valley CC (NY) and University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana – Lafayette),
Bruce Towson (McDonough, GA) – Longtime coach in the Henry County school system filling multiple roles at Henry County HS and Luella MS, often coaching both middle and high school teams at the same time; one of the pillars of wrestling in the south metro area of Atlanta; credited by many for the growth and success of wrestling in Henry county and surrounding areas.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Its goals are to preserve the sport of wrestling’s history, recognize extraordinary individual accomplishments, and inspire future generations to participate in the oldest sport known to man.

Event and ticket information is available by emailing wrestlinghofga@gmail.com or register online at https://national-wrestling-hall-of-fame-georgia-chapter.ticketleap.com/admin/events/national-wrestling-hall-of-fame-ga-chapter-honors-weekend-2018/completed-first#/

Jeff Wheeler, Vice President
National Wrestling Hall of Fame – Georgia Chapter


Athletic Network Footnote by Dr. Ed Dugas.
Please click here for Denis' Athletic Network profile.
Please click here for the 1974 Wrestling Photo Gallery, where Denis is featured.
Click here for Denis' letter submitted for the College of Education Academic Showcase Book of Letters in 1998.

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Former Cajun Athletes: Revels, Stein, Pierret, Tallini in USATF National Masters Championship

These results were updated on Saturday, 7/22/2017

Baton Rouge - July 13-16, 2017

Three Former Cajun Track and Field Athletes and One Wrestler Competed

Claude Revels, Track & Field 1970-72, ran in his first USATF National Masters Championship in Baton Rouge this past weekend, competing in the 65-69 age group. This was also Claude's first race on the track since he ran for USL in 1972.

On Thursday, he placed 4th in the 800 Run with a time of 2:44.43 and Sunday he placed 7th in the 1500 Run with a time of 5:50.26.
Click here for Claude and his 1971 Cross Country teammates.

Herb Stein (68 & 69)finished 6th in the Men's 70-74 Javelin Throw with a best of 32.49 meters. Herb also placed 6th in the discus with a throw of 26.95 meters.
Click here for Herb and some of his 1969 teammates.

Jay Pierret (85-87) finished 9th in the Men's 50-54 Pentathlon.
Click here for Jay and his 1986 teammates.
Click here for Jay at the 2017 Louisiana Classics Track & Field Meet, performing some of his presidential duties at the Cajun Track & Field Officials Association (CTFOA).

The profiles of the three track & field performers may be viewed by placing their names in the "Last Name" search engine below the AN logo in the upper left of the home page, then clicking the red search button on the right of the box. Thanks.

Denis Tallini, Cajun Wrestler 1972-74, placed 4th in the javelin throw in the 60-64 age group with a throw of 38.35 meters.
Click here for Denis' Athletic Network Profile.
Click here for Denis and his 1974 Wrestling teammates.

Claude chaired the 2010, 2011, 2012 Track & Field Reunions, but may have had his finest performances in Baton Rouge while competing with the heat and humidity in the 800 and 1500.
Click here for Claude and some of the honorees at the 2013 Track & Field Reunion.

To view photo galleries of each of the previous Track & Field Reunions, click on the Ragin’ Cajuns Reunions and Special Programs (banner on right side of the News Box), then click on the reunion of your interest. The 2013 Reunion contains five items in the photo gallery, including a video of the Saturday evening program at the Petroleum Club.

Congratulations to Claude, Herb, Jay, Denis for their dedication to Track & Field and loyalty to the university.

Thanks to Claude and Herb for providing information about the meet.
Please continue to send news about former Cajun athletes. Thanks.

Peace, Dr. Ed Dugas
Updated July 22, 2017

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Former Wrestler, Denis Tallini 1972-75, Turned Successful Masters Track & Field Ranked Competitor

Former USL wrestler, Denis Tallini, 1972-74, currently ranked # 8 in the US (men's 60-64 javelin), placed 2nd at the USA Track & Field Masters Championships held on July 19, 2014.

Denis is one of several former university athletes who continue to compete in athletic events for their age group.

One of our outstanding HPE graduates and one of my former students, it is good to see that Denis has retained his competitive nature and performs at a high level, albeit a sport different than his collegiate sport of wrestling.

Peace, Ed Dugas

Posted July 22, 2014.

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Submitted by Denis Tallini in 1999 as part of the College of Education Book of Letters for the Academic Showcase preview leading to the Centennial Celebration.
Denis Tallini - Health & Physical Education, 1977

I first came to Lafayette and USL from Vernon, NY in 1972. At that time the university was adding a wrestling program in order to reach A Division I status. Why my junior college coach had a catalog from USL is unknown; however, he knew that I wanted to move up to a higher level of competition and needed financial help to continue my education and encouraged me to at least check out the school. After several phone calls from coach John Demko, I decided to make the trip to Lafayette, sight unseen.

To say that coming to Lafayette was a culture shock is an understatement. There were many times when I was ready to pack up and head back home. Without the companionship of the other athletes and the challenge posed by a few key people, I probably would have left. The facilities (the second floor of McNaspy Stadium) were significantly less than promised and the support for the program from the athletic administration was minimal. There seemed to be a lot of resentment from others primarily because many of us were from out of state (in particular the north).

If it weren't for the talks I had with Dr. Louis Roth about my situation and his words of encouragement, things might have turned out differently. Eventually, I came to realize that he was right about USL and the community. Meanwhile, in the classroom, the challenge was to survive courses such as exercise physiology with Dr. Birdie Eason. This lady was tough, fair and an inspiration. She encouraged us to think about the future and the "non-traditional" options that were out there. Although I did start out as a health and physical education teacher, I eventually went to graduate school (at another university), earned a masters degree in exercise science/cardiac rehab and began a new career. This brought me back to Lafayette where I have been living and working ever since.

Finally, there was/is Dr. Ed Dugas. Along with his genuine passion for his work and his desire to help others, he seems to have a knack for getting people to perform. As a student, I did not feel that Dr. Dugas felt I could really cut it in his classes and after earning an "A" in one of those classes, he even told me that my performance surprised him. Well, this just kept me pushing to prove that I was capable and to prove him wrong. Looking back, I wonder if that was just the method he chose to get me to do my best. In the years since, I have had several opportunities to work with Ed and they have all been great.

Now I'm sure that I would have learned from any college experience, but the exposure to the culture and people of southwest Louisiana has been great. I would not change things one bit. This is especially true since I met my future spouse there as well. The wrestling program was very successful because all the athletes were determined to make it so. We were fighters and the nature of our sport helped us develop the determination to overcome adversity and the personalities to establish us as a social entity. We had some great trips in school station wagons to places, such as Atlanta and Chattanooga and those memorable meets against LSU.

It must have been destiny that I came to USL. I had the chance to make many friends (several "special" ones are still a major part of my life), learn about a different culture, gain knowledge and establish myself as a leader in my field (locally). I have had the opportunity to be involved with the Alumni Association and the Centennial Celebration and look forward to staying involved for years to come. Thanks,

Denis Tallini

Class of 1977
Wrestling:  1972, 1973, 1974