After 25 years at Grandview Heights High School, Andy DiSabato has retired as wrestling coach.

After 25 years at Grandview Heights High School, Andy DiSabato has retired as wrestling coach.

DiSabato coached for seven seasons as an assistant at Ohio State before coming to Grandview. One year away from retirement as a teacher, he will continue teaching health and physical education next year at the high school.

"Grandview has been a great place to teach and coach," said DiSabato, a 1974 DeSales graduate and a graduate of Ohio State. "We don't have as many athletes as a lot of places, but I really enjoyed the kids and the parents. I didn't get too many complaints from the parents and I know I'll miss working with the kids."

DiSabato won a state title in his senior year at DeSales and was an All-American at Ohio State, finishing third in the NCAA tournament in 1977.

At Grandview, he had 48 state qualifiers, 24 state placers and four state champions. His teams won 11 league titles, seven sectional titles and four district championships.

DiSabato was named league Coach of the Year 10 times, all-metro Coach of the Year three times and state Coach of the Year in 2004.

"I have been around wrestling all of my life and started wrestling when I was in the eighth grade," DiSabato said. "I don't think I'm totally getting out of it because I plan on being a (referee) next year. I've sort of been hard on refs, so I'm sure it will be an eye-opening experience. It will give me a chance to still be involved with wrestling."