Mention the heavyweight division to Lehigh wrestling fans and no matter how young or old they are one name comes to mind. Howell Scobey is perhaps Lehigh's greatest heavyweight. Scobey earned a national championship in 1936, and at the time was only the third Engineer wrestler to earn such distinction.
He is still the only Lehigh heavyweight to accomplish this feat. Highlighting his national title were pins of a pair of two-time Ail-Americans in 58 seconds and 2:18. A two-time All-American, Scobey finished second at Nationals the year before, also at heavyweight. He became Lehigh's first two-time All American.
On the Eastern front, Scobey was even more dominating. He took home EIWA titles in 1935 and 1936, pinning EVERY opponent he faced. He also was the first Lehigh recipient of the EIWA Outstanding Wrestler Award in 1936. Scobey compiled an overall record of 34-7 with four of those defeats coming in national competition. Of his 34 wins, 28 were by fall, yielding a career fall percentage and Lehigh record of .683 (28 falls in 41 bouts.). Making this record even more impressive was the average time of fall was 3:40.
"He was perhaps Lehigh's best heavyweight through that time," current Hall of Famer Ben Bishop says. "Although he was at heavyweight, Howell wrestled like a middle weight. He did it all."
Scobey's career did not end in college. Upon graduation he competed in Berlin, Germany as a member of the United States Wrestling Team. And wrestling wasn't the only sport he excelled in. Harold was an excellent football player as well. He started at tackle for three years and was named the team captain in 1935.
Blessed with remarkable agility and natural ability, Scobey was named as one of seven linemen to the All-Time Lehigh Team for the football era of 1884-1949 in the "Legends of Lehigh-Lafayette" football publication. He also earned All-East honors his senior season.