Cubberly leaves after 20 years at Eastwood

LUCKEY – Ralph Cubberly may have not put Eastwood wresting on the map, but he just made sure the program
was in bold print.
After spending 20 years coaching at his alma mater, Cubberly is taking over as head wrestling coach at
Urbana High School. He received a teaching degree from Bowling Green State University and will moving on
to Urbana to teach history and coach wrestling.
"It was a painful and hard decision for me to make," said Cubberly. "I have been a part of
Eastwood wrestling since 1975 when I was a seventh grader. I was out of the loop from 1983-1987 because
of my time in the Marine Corps. Other than that it has always been Eastwood wrestling for me."
In his 20 years at Eastwood Cubberly has built quite a resume.
Cubberly’s Eagles placed five times in the top 10 teams of Division II at the state tournament. They were
runners-up twice and also placed third, sixth, and seventh. Eastwood’s first state champion (Drew
Lashaway, 2004) and Wood County’s first repeat state champion (Eric Cubberly, 2008) were two of the four
state champions under his watch. He had 57 athletes qualify to the state tourney with 27 placers,
including the four champions and five seconds.
The success of Eastwood’s program was built on taking on many of the top schools in Ohio and the nation.
Cubberly’s athletes did well in the national summer tournaments and the team placed well in all the top
tourneys all over Ohio. The respect for the program was exemplified when national and state powerhouse
Lakewood St. Edward agreed to wrestle in a dual meet at Eastwood. Unfortunately the meet had to be
cancelled and was never made up.
In recent years his Eagle teams have become the scourge of the Suburban Lakes League. Under Cubberly,
Eastwood has crowned five team champions and four second-place teams, along with 75 individual titles.
Cubberly’s dual meet record is 304-95.
"There are so many people to thank over the last 20 years I can’t begin to name them all,"
Cubberly said. "However, I would especially like to thank Bill Workman and Hub Reed who gave me the
opportunity to let these kids compete all over the country from 2003 until 2007. I would also like to
thank my assistant coaches Joe Wyant and Steve Ziegler who were a huge part of developing the Eastwood
wrestling tradition.
"Finally all the members and especially the officers of the 200 member Eagle Wrestling Club who gave
the kids all the extra things that allowed the Eastwood program to evolve and flourish," he added

The most recent is a 50-by-120 all-wrestling facility which is now being built.
"Urbana had 17 wrestlers on their roster last year but only six wrestled in the conference
tournament," Cubberly added. "They have had a great tradition but have been down the past few
years and I look forward to the challenge."