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Louis Sneed, III, a former wrestling coach for 20 years at Claymont High School until the school closed at the end of the 1990 season and Delaware Wrestling Club coach died on Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware after a lengthy battle with emphysema and other respiratory problems. Lou Sneed, graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School from 1953 and the University of Delaware along with serving for 4 years in the US Army's Combat Infantry Division. Coach Sneed was a longtime wrestling coach Claymont High and the Delaware Wrestling Club. Was very instrumental in the founding of the Northern Delaware Wrestling Boosters Club which was changed to the Delaware Wrestling Alliance. He was a father figure to a lot of young athletes in the wrestling community, Joseph Archangelo and his brother Darren were the only ones that was viewed at his sons. At the memorial service which was held at the former Claymont High School which is currently an elementary school, that I attended, a lot of former wrestlers and coaches described what kind of a person Lou Sneed was. Joey Archangelo, a former Claymont High wrestler, currently a New Castle County Police Officer along with coaching wrestling at Tower Hill School said a lot of outstanding things about Lou. "He was a father figure, a mentor to a lot of us." "He gave us his time and just devoted his life to the betterment of kids, who maybe didn't have some of the advantages of others." Jack Holloway, current wrestling coach at William Penn High School described Lou Sneed as "A wonderman as he would come to our school every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for 27 years would run the Delaware Wrestling Club." Darren Archangelo, former Claymont High Wrestler and brother of Joe Archangelo described a lot about Lou Sneed. "My 7 years old son is currently wrestling in the CYO as he got a head start on me." "Patrick Atkinson, (current state wrestling champion at St. Marks) was a part of our "wrestling family" "While visiting Lou at St. Francis, he was glad to see both of us and asked Patrick how he grades were as he asked every wrestler when he used to coach at Claymont along with other wrestlers, did you make the honor roll?" "Lou was a very caring man who came into my life and was like a father figure to me." Todd Mergenthaler, former William Penn Wrestler: "Lou was a very caring man who would rent a mini van to take us to a lot of tournaments all over Eastern and Midwestern part of the United States while being a part of the Delaware Wrestling Club, would always keep us informed on upcoming tournaments." "Lou was a father figure to me" Mike Pfeil, former Mt. Pleasant Wrestler "Lou was a very supportive person and has been helpful to the kids and he touched their lives." "This is a blessing and you have been loved by a lot of people in the wrestling community." On a personal note on my behalf, Lou touched a lot of wrestlers lives in the community throughout Northern New Castle County and all over the state of Delaware, everytime I used to visit him, he was always in good spirits and would share a lot of information with me on the wrestlers at Claymont and the Delaware Wrestling Club. When I started getting into writing and reporting, one of the things that touched my life was in the 1988 state wrestling tournament at Delaware State in Dover, when Joey Archangelo won a state title and his brother Darren placed third, it made me feel proud in my heart I felt like a part of the Claymont Wrestling family. For the hard work and dedication that Lou Sneed did, in my heart I have always been supportive of him as a friend and my involvement with wrestling, Lou was one of the most caring individuals that did so much for the sport of wrestling and throughout the state of Delaware. In the middle of April, Lou Sneed will be inducted in the Delaware Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame. As I close, I will always think a lot about Lou Sneed as a true supportive friend as we have done things together by talk about wrestling meets and tournaments, when I heard about his death, I was very sad but always prayed for him until the day he died his heart, soul, mind and spirit will be looking down to the wrestling community, he will surely be missed." In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Louis J. Sneed, III's memory to Delaware Wrestling Alliance Academic Wrestling Scholarship Fund at 234 North Caroline Place, Dover, DE, 19904.
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