Ty Moore, a four-time Pennsylvania high school state wrestling champ who went on to compete at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, died Tuesday night at his home in his sleep, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. He was 43.
As a wrestler at North Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh, Ty Moore was a four-time PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) state wrestling champ from 1987-91, according to his biography at the PIAA Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 1996. Moore compiled an incredible prep record of 146 wins – 113 by pin – and just one loss. In 2005, the amateur wrestling website InterMat named Ty Moore one of the best high school wrestlers of the past 20 years. Moore is also a member of the WPIAL Hall of Fame, inducted in 2009 as a member of North Allegheny’s national championship team and a year later for his individual accomplishments.
After a stellar high school mat career, Ty Moore wrestled for the North Carolina Tar Heels, where crafted an overall record of 80-31-2 record, including 26 pins, according to a tribute in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review by sports columnist Kevin Gorman, third cousin to the deceased.
After college, Moore – along with Ray Brinzer, his former teammate and good friend — founded the Angry Fish Wrestling Club. “The thing that our athletes drew from him was understanding what single-mindedness was,” Brinzer told the Tribune-Review. “He communicated that well and inspired it in people who had potential for it. When he would do virtually anything, he had a real intensity about him and an ardent drive to do it well and make sure everything was right.”
In a tribute posted at TheOpenMat.com amateur wrestling website, Eric John wrote, “Wrestling lost another great one last night in Ty Moore. I could write a bunch of stats and how some say he was the fiercest competitor they have seen, but I am not. This hits close to home for one of the owners here at TOM and for many others around the country. Ty was an inspiration to many including all the Angry Fish athletes, his friends and most importantly his family.”
Ty Moore is the older brother of Teague Moore, 36, 1998 NCAA 118-pound champ at Oklahoma State who is now head wrestling coach at American University and a co-founder of Tour ACW (Association of Career Wrestlers) professional wrestling venture. In a tribute on Facebook, Teague wrote this about his older brother: “As many of you already know, my brother Ty Moore passed away during his sleep last night. He will be deeply missed by many. Family, friends, and the wrestling community have lost a legend. He was a mentor to many, he was my idol. I will always love and deeply miss my brother. His life helped many of us find our way. He also helped direct so many in their journey. Finally he can be at peace. He has been fighting a long battle and can finally be rest. I love you and will always miss you brother. Thank you for helping make me who I am.” In addition to Teague, Ty Moore is survived by his wife Linda, his mother Patricia, and five brothers and sisters.
Visitation for Ty Moore will be held Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Eastern at George A. Thoma Funeral Home, 10418 Perry Highway, Wexford, Pa. Funeral mass will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Church in Wexford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to Action for Animals, 386 Route 217, Latrobe, Pa. 15650, or the Salvation Army, 313 W. Cunningham St., Butler, Pa. 16001. In addition, Teague Moore has established a Ty Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund website at GoFundMe.com to accept donations for scholarships for North Allegheny High School wrestlers.