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The late Jim Snyder, the long-time sports editor of The Parkersburg News, has been chosen for selection into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame?s West Virginia Chapter.

Snyder?s official induction will take place during an October banquet introducing the induction class of 2011.

Snyder will be honored under the category ?Lifetime Service To Wrestling.?

He was the first state sports writer to cover the sport of wrestling on a regular basis. Snyder traveled to Morgantown for the 1952 state high school tournament and made wrestling a front page sport in Parkersburg, devoting column space to all levels of the sport from small fry to college. He was instrumental in organizing many regional and state tournaments and volunteered as an official scorekeeper in addition to his duties as a reporter.

Snyder became a sports writer for The Parkersburg News in 1951 and was promoted to sports editor in 1957, holding that position until 1973. He then spent the last 20 years of his career at The News serving as its city editor.

While this is the biggest honor Snyder has received for his years of dedication to the sport, it certainly is not the first. In 1979, the West Virginia Wrestling Coaches Association named the West Virginia Wrestling Sports Writer of the Year Award the James B. Snyder Award.

Today, the award bears both the name of Snyder and Dr. Tim Miller, who promotes high school wrestling in the Mountain State through his website

A member of the West Virginia Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame and a charter member of the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame, Snyder said he was introduced to the sport by Parkersburg High School coaches Jimmy Scott and Bob Dutton. He liked the sport because ?it is the only true one-on-one sport with physical contact.?

Snyder made many friends in the wrestling community, including long-time Parkersburg High School coach Joe Handlan Jr., who described Snyder?s impact on the sport.

?He began covering high school wrestling in West Virginia when no other sports writer in the state could take the time or had the interest to do anything with it,? Handlan said.

Handlan and his long-time rival at Parkersburg South, the late Rod Oldham (who Snyder tagged with the nickname DI for his drill instructor voice), presented Snyder with the plaque when the state?s wrestling coaches named the sports writers award in his honor.

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