North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Great Friend of North Carolina Wrestling Passes Away

       MOORESVILLE—Frank Rader, a great friend to wrestling at both the high school and collegiate levels, died on Monday at his home in Mooresville at the age of 66.

       Born in Newton, he was a graduate of Mooresville High School where he was a standout wrestler and then received his degree in history from Davidson College.

       He taught history and coached football and wrestling at the high school level in both Raleigh and Canton before joining Smith Barney as a stock broker. However, he continued his involvement with wrestling and held numerous key roles with USA Wrestling on both the state and national levels.  He was an inductee into the North Carolina chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and was involved in both the 1996 and 1984 Olympics with USA Wrestling.

      A funeral service will be held on Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, starting at 1 p.m.