Lehigh mechanical engineering alumnus and nationally known wrestling historian Jarius (Jay) Hammond '66 died Tuesday in Orlando, Florida after an extensive battle with esophageal cancer. Has was 69.
"Boomer" Hammond was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania and is best known for his work with the college wrestling website, WrestlingStats.com. The website is home to an extensive database containing information and statistics that span the entire NCAA Division I wrestling era.
Hammond is also author of the critically acclaimed, "History of Collegiate Wrestling: A Century of Wrestling Excellence." The 2005 book provides a detailed breakdown of the sport from its infancy.
In 2006, Hammond was the recipient of the Dellinger Award, presented by the Amateur Wrestling News as national wrestling writer of the year. He also worked as an official historian for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
"The wrestling community lost one of its great historians," AWN News Editor Jason Bryant said of Hammond.
During his time at Lehigh, Hammond served as Sports Editor for The Brown & White student newspaper and covered Lehigh Wrestling for the university's radio station.