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It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I must report Richard Jay passed away this afternoon.


Richard was the publisher of MatBurns magazine, and the organizer of the annual Pick-The-Champions contest at the IHSAA state finals.


He was at home, recuperating from a stroke that he suffered earlier this year, a few days after his wife died.


Richard, who taught and coached at Hammond Gavit, was a well-known figure at wrestling matches across northwest Indiana, and a longtime fixture in the crow's nest at the Merrillville semistate.


There were few, if any, people more knowledgeable about wrestling or Indiana's great wrestling history.


Richard was a terrific friend to everyone who knew him, a tremendous supporter of wrestling, and most of all, a Class act.


He will be missed. He already is.


Funeral details will be released after Christmas.




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Calling is Wednesday, Funeral is Thursday




Timing isn't good -- it never is for something like this -- but I know a lot of people who will be making the trip from the Al Smith Invitational to Schererville on Wednesday.

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We will be honoring Coach Jay at the Lake County Wrestling Tourney on January 9, 2016 at Hanover Central High School.                                                                         The Outstanding Wrestler Award is being named in his honor, "The Richard Jay Outstanding Wrestler Award"




Edited by Coach Wadkins
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