While Paul Fletcher and Todd Ritchie will be the newest inductees from Jackson County into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame, they aren’t the only area residents who will be a part of the Class of 2012.
Mike Goodwin, who resides on Hillcrest Drive in Ravenswood, will be a part of the festivities on Saturday, June 9, at the Comfort Inn in Marietta and the following day at the Grand Central Mall in Vienna. It’s interesting to note that Goodwin and Ritchie live acoss the street from each other in Ravenswood.
Goodwin will be representing Wirt County when he is inducted into the MOV Hall. Goodwin is regarded as one of the top athletes ever to come out of Wirt County High School.
He excelled in football, wrestling and baseball during his time in a Tiger uniform and later went on to play football at WVU.
He was a starter on both the 1966 Class A state championship team at Wirt and the 1967 squad which finished as runners-up.
In wrestling, Goodwin compiled a career record of 66-4. He won three Little Kanawha Conference championships and two regional titles. He helped the Tigers win the 1968 state wrestling championship, quite an accomplishment considering all of the West Virginia high schools competed in one class.
As a baseball player, Goodwin was instrumental in leading the Tigers to the State Tournament two straight years. Like wrestling, all baseball teams competed in one class.
After graduating from Wirt County in 1968, Goodwin received a full ride to the Mountaineer football program. He started his career under Jim Carlen before playing his final three years for Bobby Bowden. He was a starter in the season of 1971 as an offensive lineman.
Once his college days ended, Goodwin returned to Wirt County and served several years as an assistant football coach before taking over the program for eight seasons. His first two Tiger teams of 1981 and 1982 finished 9-1 and 8-2, respectively, during a time when Wirt County competed at the Class AA level.
He was also the head wrestling coach at the school for 15 seasons, guiding nine young men to state titles. Goodwin also worked as an assistant baseball coach for the school.
“It’s very nice to be recognized,” said Goodwin. “It’s been a long time since I thought about my high school accomplishments.”
Goodwin has enjoyed being a part of Jackson County the last several years. “It’s a nice community,” he said of Ravenswood.
While retired, Goodwin still spends a lot of time in Elizabeth. His mother, who is 90, still lives there. “I check on her about every day,” he said.
The MOV Hall of Fame selection still has quite a presence at his alma mater working several days a year as a substitute teacher.