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Parkview wrestling coach steps down

Tom Beuglas, who helped build Parkview into one of the top wrestling programs in the state, has stepped down as the Panthers' wrestling coach.

Beuglas has accepted the head wrestling coach position at Lawrenceville's Archer High School, which opens this fall.

"I live in the Archer district and could not pass up the opportunity to teach and coach at the school that my kids will go to," Beuglas said. "My vision is to build Archer into a championship level program and coach my son in the process."

A state champion at Redan in 1988, Beuglas wrestled under legendary coach Brian Hage. His first job out of college was with Parkview in 1993-94, where he was the junior varsity coach until 2000. That year Beuglas and Dennis Stromie assumed co-head coaching duties until Stromie left after the 2007 season.

During Beuglas' tenure at Parkview, he helped coach 17 individual state champions, 51 state placers and seven high school All-Americans. Parkview placed in the top five at state 12 of the 16 years he was at the Lilburn school and won 10 area titles, nine county titles and four state championships.

Beuglas earned Coach of the Year honors in Georgia and by the Daily Post in 2004 and 2006 and holds a 234-27 dual record as a head coach.

Parkview placed 11th at last weekend's traditional state tournament, was 32-6 in duals and won eight tournaments, including Gwinnett County and Area 8-AAAAA. The Panthers should be very good again next season with seven returning state qualifiers and just three seniors graduating.

"The toughest part (about leaving) was knowing that Parkview will be very good next year," Beuglas said. "I know they will be successful next season. Whoever gets the job here will have a great group to work with. It will be hard seeing the orange and blue from the other side, but I wish nothing but the best for those kids next year."

In addition to his success with the high school program, Beuglas helped start a wrestling program at Trickum Middle School, which had 38 kids last year, and a youth program that had over 40 kids.

"I hate leaving such a great school after all of these years, but I am looking forward to the challenge of taking something from scratch and trying to build it into something great," Beuglas said. "Archer has a great principal (Dr. Charles Buchanan) and athletic director (Tim Watkins), so I know they will give us every resource we need to be successful. I am excited about the future."