Senior Warren McDougald from Niagara-Wheatfield High School was awarded The Destroyer Award, Monday night at the annual Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Award dinner in Blasdell. The award is named after the late professional wrestler Dick Beyer, who passed away in March.
McDougald was the Division I 152-pound state finalist at the 2019 New York State Wrestling Championships in Albany in February, and finished the season with a 40-4 record and career mark of 217 and 53.
McDougald is a three-time Division I state place finisher, a four-time Section VI Division I champion and a member of the Niagara-Wheatfield Honor Society. McDougald has applied to the University at Buffalo.
The Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship is awarded annually by the DiPaolo Scholarship Fund Committee to a high school senior based on excellence in wrestling, academics and citizenship.
The DiPaolo Scholarship Fund has raised over $1.2 million for local charities and college scholarships since being created in 1995 after the passing of former professional wrestler and restaurateur Ilio DiPaolo.
In all, the DiPaolo Scholarship Fund awards six scholarships including the Gary Castanza Award, The Destroyer Award, The Bill Hein Dedicated Wrestler Award, The Cauliflower Alley Club Award and the new Knuutila Family Award.
Warren McDougald poses following a match during the Falcons' season.