'Mother of Section VI wrestling' remembered at 38th NFWOA Classic
January 06, 2019


From its inception in 1982, Linda Knuutila nurtured the Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Association Classic into the biggest in-season tournament in Western New York.

The late wife of retired Niagara County Community College coach and Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame member Eric Knuutila devoted weeks to coordinating the annual event. When the matches started, she worked tirelessly to assist with bracket pairing, scorekeeping, award presentations and making sure the nearly 50 participating officials were well-fed.