a productive and meaningful life cut short by a fatal
accident, Carl Keske left his mark on his alma mater and all
those who came in contact with this one-of-a-kind person.
from Bellevue Senior High School in 1993 after earning eight
letters in the sports of wrestling, football, and track and
field. Eight years later, BSHS would lose one of its beloved
alumni in a tragic accident.
legacy lives on through his family, his friends, and his
accomplishments, most of which were in the sport he loved
Carl lettered in
wrestling all four years of high school, adding three
letters in football and one more in track and field. At the
time of his graduation, Carl ranked first on the all-time
Redmen wrestling career win list at 100-22. He was 35-2 as a
senior and was a participant in the 1992 Sandusky Bay
He led the team
in takedowns in both ’92 and ’93, led the team in pins in
’91 and ’92, was captain and MVP in 1993, and was a two-time
first team All-Northern Ohio League wrestler.
Carl was a three-time Division II sectional tournament
qualifier, finishing as sectional champion in 1991; was a
three-time district qualifier, two-time district placer and
1993 district champion; and was a two-time state qualifier,
placing as the state runner-up at 130-pounds in 1993. During
that 1992-93 season, Bellevue finished fourth in the state
team standings with 62.5 points, Bellevue’s highest finish
ever at the state meet.
Carl was also
involved in many groups and organizations while at BSHS,
including French Club, Quiz Bowl, Chess Club, Bridge Club,
Key Club, Student Council, was elected to the National Honor
Society, and was the Student Council President during his
school, Carl enrolled at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY,
where he compiled an 87-22 overall record, going 33-2 as a
senior. He was fifth on Cornell’s all-time win list at the
time of his college graduation and was a member of the 1995
Ivy League champion wrestling team. He earned three varsity
letters at Cornell, was named first team All-Ivy League
three times, and was twice an Academic All-Ivy League
two-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association
Tournament champion and was named the outstanding wrestler
in 1996, one of six Cornell wrestlers to ever achieve that
honor. Twice he was named the Peter J. Floros Memorial (MVP)
Outstanding Wrestler at Cornell, was a two-time NCAA
Division I tournament qualifier, and was All-America in
1997, finishing seventh in the nation.
Carl rose to the
rank of Captain in the U.S. Army and served his country
during the war in Kosovo. He was accepted into the George W.
Bush School of Government at Texas Tech at the time of his
To honor Carl,
the South Shore Wrestling Officials Association named its
scholarship the Carl Keske Memorial Scholarship. It is
awarded yearly to deserving area wrestlers.
Loren and Jane, reside in Van Wert.