|McDonogh's annual Christmas Tournament was renamed in 1992 to honor Raymond B.
Oliver. Ray Oliver began wrestling as a 7th grader at McDonogh School in 1934. Since
then, his journey has taken him to the United States Naval Academy and back to
McDonogh School where he coached from 1947 to 1972 and taught mathematics until
Oliver was an EIWA finalist in 1944 for the Midshipmen and cites his coach at Annapolis,
Ray Swartz, as a great influence in his decision to coach and teach. Oliver modestly
calls himself, "just another coach with a winning record", how good that record was is
lost to posterity after a fire swept through the McDonogh School Field House.
He was honored by McDonogh naming its "Character in Wrestling" Award after him. In
1992 Oliver was presented with the Johnny Eareckson Memorial Wrestling Award,
presented to that individual who has demonstrated those qualities of inspiration and
distinguished service to the Maryland Wrestling Committee, as exemplified by Johnny
A charter member of the Maryland Wrestling Officials Association, Oliver officiated from
1954 to 1981, serving as MWOA president six times. He also officiated in the EIWA for
16 years, 1961 to 1976.
Raymond B. Oliver is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and received the
Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award in recognition of years of dedication to the
development of leadership and citizenship in young people through the sport of
|45th Ray Oliver Wrestling Tournament