Philip G. Lyons, Class of 1951

Phillip Lyons demonstrated some of the greatest determination of any Peddie athlete.

He was captain of the Peddie cross country team and led his team to a 6-1 record. Phil also captained the Peddie wrestling team, leading it to a fourth-place finish in National Interscholastic Wrestling Championships.

As an individual wrestler, Phil won the 130 lb. National Prep Championship after wrestling in two overtime matches. According to a 1946 Peddie News article, “In the quarterfinals, Lyons had to wrestle in an overtime period to decision of Hershey Institute. In the semi-finals, Lyons had to wrestle another overtime period to decision a Lawrenceville wrestler. At the end of the final match, Lyons was down 6-5 but he won on a three minute riding time advantage 7-5 and became the national champion.”

Phil never gave up in any contest. His tenacity and determination are in the finest traditions of Peddie athletics.