Dick Beyer, also known as "The Destroyer" and "Doctor X" in the Wrestling arena, sadly passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the age of 88. In addition to his many accomplishments in Wrestling, Dick Beyer was also a founding member of the Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund which presents five annual awards to the top High School Wrestlers in Western New York as well as other charities in the community.
One of those awards is "The Destroyer Award" named after Beyer. "The award is given to the "purest & baddest" wrestler of the bunch", stated Dennis DiPaolo, son of World Wrestling Champion, Ilio DiPaolo.
"In addition to a certificate and trophy, the kids who have won this award are personally given a "Destroyer" mask. He puts it on them and says, 'Now you're as good looking as I am'. It was always the hit of the night! Even in failing health, Dick still managed to get to the stage to hand out the award. That was the kind of man he was and the dedication he had to the Scholarship Fund. He was like a second father to me and he will be greatly missed!"