Year Inducted: 1989
Nominated By: Donald "Corky" Madrid
Sports Competed In: N/A
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Contributor

Willie WrightWillie Wright

High School:
Attended Pueblo County H.S. (PCHS), graduating in 1966.

Achievements:
High School:
● Posted a record of 35 wins and 10 losses on the wrestling team.
● During sophomore season, he was getting off the school bus following football practice and was hit by a car...Fractured his leg in two areas and placing him in a cast for six months.
● Recorded a record of 16-6 during his Junior season and lost in the district semifinal 5-4 to Lynn Bickford (state champion from Rocky Ford).
● Missed a state birth his senior year despite putting up a career best 19 wins in 23 matches.

Related Activities:
Played fast pitch softball for the Aztec Softball Club as a pitcher/catcher.

Honors:
● Won many All-Tournament honors and 16 Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards which include International Softball Congress State (ISC) Tournament MVP (1983).
● Named the ISC District MVP in 1978 and CF&I Local 2102 League MVP five times 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980.
● Played in three ISC World Fastpitch Tournaments while a member of the Aztec Softball Club.

Contributions:
● Spent 20+ years officiating wrestling at Dual, Conference, District, Regional, and State Meets.
● Selected to officiate first State Wrestling Tournament (AA Tournament) in 1971.
● Worked first AAA State Wrestling Championships that took place in 1974.
● From 1974-81, refereed eight AA State Wrestling Tournaments and a week later refereed eight AAA State Wrestling Tournaments..
● Has been selected every years to referee the State Wrestling Tournaments making it 19 Consecutive years.
● From 1971-89, he refereed 12 AA tournaments and 15 AAA tournaments for a total of 27 state wrestling tourneys which is a Colorado record for most officiated state tournaments all-time.
● Also officiated for Colorado University until they dropped the program and for the NAIA  (Adams State and the University of Southern Colorado).
● Officiated the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament twice.
● Served as both the President and has been secretary of the Pueblo Study Group of Wrestling Officials for eight years.
● One of three Area Directors for all of Southern Colorado for wrestling officials.
● In addition to officiating wrestling, also worked the sidelines in football for 17 seasons and umpired baseball for 15 years and worked in numerous play off games for both sports.
● Last year as an umpire was in 1985.

Quick Facts:
"On April 20, 1985, during a fishing trip with his son Mark at Runyon Lake two boys fell into the lake and Art jumped in and helped rescue the boys."
- Dino Aragon, Secretary of the Pueblo Wrestling Officials Association (PWOA).

Quotes:
"Art Martinez was one of the best high school wrestlers we participated against - and a fine gentleman. I had the opportunity to watch him officiate in his early years and he was one of the best in the state."
-Hoy E. Frakes, Historian GPSA

Occupation:
Worked a total of total 22 years at the CF&I, starting in 1967 (10 years) in the blast furnace, then worked in the boiler shop as a crane man.

Personal:
Lives in Pueblo with his wife, Patty.


GPSA "M" By The Numbers

LEGEND: p = awarded posthumously; ^= attended first meeting; * = deceased;+ = charter member (placed after year inducted)

1
Administrator/Contributor
Brian Macartney (1988*>)

Athlete/Contributor
James Samuel Mastrini (2019)

Athlete/Administrator/Coach
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)

Athlete/Coach/Official
Carol Patrick "Pat" McGraw (2009)

Attended First Meeting
Brian Macartney (1988*>)

Attended H.S. Inside Colorado
Brian Macartney (1988*>)
Salida H.S., Salida, CO

Attended H.S. Outside Colorado
Donald "Don" McIntosh (1991)
H.S. in Provo, Utah

Attended Pueblo Catholic H.S.
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)

Attended P. County/P. South H.S.
Timmie-Jo Miller Lisac (2017)

Attended Pueblo Roncalli H.S.
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)

Attended Pueblo South H.S.
Carol Patrick "Pat" McGraw (2009)

Auto Racing
Ronald Bruce McDowell (1988*)

Bowling
Floretta "Doty" McCutcheon (1974*p)

Coach/Contributor
Charles "Charlie" Manning (2015)

Charter Member
William L. "Bill" McClatchy (1973*+)

Rodeo
Marie Mass (2022*p)

Tennis
Donald "Don" McIntosh (1991)

Track
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)

2 
Athlete/Coach/Contributor
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)

Attended Pueblo East H.S.
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)
Michael Dean Martinez (1997)

Attended Pueblo County H.S.
Marie Mass (2022*p)
Art Martinez (1989)

Cross Country
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)
Gene A. Morenz (1995)

Official
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)

Softball
Timmie-Jo Miller-Lisac (2017)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992)

Wrestling
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)

 

3 
Coach
Sonja Melton (2001*)
Gene A. Morenz (1995)
Donald "Don" McIntosh (1991)

 

4 
Athlete/Coach
Timmie-Jo Miller Lisac (2017)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)

Basketball
Timmie-Jo Miller-Lisac (2017)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)

Contributor
Richard "Rick" Joe Macias (2018)
David John "Dave" Mihalick (2007)
Art Martinez (1989)
William L. "Bill" McClatchy(1973*+)

 

6 
Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Charles "Charlie" Manning (2015)
David John "Dave" Mihalick (2007)
Joe Mohorcich (1993)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)

Honorees Awarded Posthumously
Marie Mass (2022*p)
George J. Mastrini (2014*p)
Andrew "Chink" Mihalick (2012*p)
Ronney McDowell (1988*p)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p>)
Floretta "Doty" McCutcheon (1974*p)

8
Athlete
Marie Mass (2022*p)
Michael Dean Martinez (1997)
Joe Mohorcich (1993)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992)
Ronald Bruce McDowell (1988*)
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)
Floretta "Doty" McCutcheon (1974*p)

Football
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
James Samuel Mastrini (2019)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Joe Mohorcich (1993)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)
Luz V. Montelongo (1988)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)


Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S.
James Samuel Mastrini (2019)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)
Ronald Bruce McDowell (1988*)
William L. "Bill" McClatchy (1973*+)

 

10
Baseball
Mike J. Marcovecchio (2022)
James Samuel Mastrini (2019)
Donald E. "Corky" Madrid (2016)
Charles "Charlie" Manning (2015)
George Joseph Mastrini (2014*p)
Michael Dean Martinez (1997)
Joseph L. "Joe" Massaro, Jr. (1995)
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)
Robert J. "Hawk" Martinez (1988)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)

 

12 
Honorees Deceased
Marie Mass (2022*p)
George J. Mastrini (2014*p)
Andrew "Chink" Mihalick (2012*p)
Sonja Melton (2001*)
Michael M. "Mike" Milner (1992*)
Brian Macartney (1988*>)
Ronney McDowell (1988*p)
Dan Milusnic (1983*)
Robert E. "Bob" McGraw (1979*p)
Floretta "Doty"McCutcheon (1974*p)
William L. "Bill" McClatchy (1973*+)
Dr. Thomas J. "Tom" Muhic (1993*)

 

28
Honorees in "M" Section

Remembering Our Fallen GPSA Inductees

The Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) has announced a list of honorees that have passed since the 2022 induction ceremony on Nov. 16.

 

Dennis TrujilloDennis Trujillo
11/28/2022
Class of 2007