Wrestling Hall of Fame honors North Hagerstown's Slick

November 27, 2007|By ANDREW MASON

The wins and losses on the mat aren't of the utmost importance to longtime North Hagerstown wrestling coach Greg Slick.

Winning and losing are of the utmost importance to life.

"That's a lesson I want the kids to understand. Life is about winning and losing," Slick said. "You either handle the pressure and get the job done or you don't."

North usually seems to get the job done on the mat. Slick's resume can attest to that.

In his 28 years at the helm, the Hubs, as a team, have gone 263-151-2 in dual meets, won five Washington County titles, five Cumberland Valley Athletic League championships, four MVAL titles, two West region titles and a Tri-State championship. He's coached 62 individual county champions and 94 state qualifiers, including 22 placewinners and four state champs.

"As far as I'm concerned, the championships have always been very nice, and I'm very proud of the success," Slick said. "But watching those guys grow up and become successful doctors, lawyers and mechanics and good husbands and parents, that's what really means a lot to me."


For his outstanding efforts in guiding his athletes, Slick recently was presented a Lifetime Service to Wrestling award by the Maryland chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. A handful of other men also were honored that day at a hotel in Annapolis.

"It was a very neat thing, a pretty big honor," Slick said. "I received a nice plaque and a jacket."

Of the roughly 400 people in attendance for the awards ceremony, Slick said about 90 were there for him.

"There was a real big crew of kids - well, they're adults now - who wrestled for me," he said. "Three of the four state champs that I coached were there - Jeff Ward, Shawn Reynolds and Seth Staley."

Slick now has his spot in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla.

"They say we're inducted because there's a place in Stillwater where they recognize these state recipients," he said. "I think I might be the first guy from Western Maryland."

Slick said the end of his coaching career is still not in sight.

"I'm closer to the end than I am to the beginning, but I still feel like I can teach," he said. "I don't do as much on-the-mat stuff anymore, but I love the competition. There's nothing more exciting to me than a dual meet when the referee blows the first whistle."

The Hubs will open the 2007-08 season Dec. 7 at the Bowie Duals - with Slick still longing for his first state title.

"In 2000, we came so close. We won the region duals and then lost to River Hill 27-26 in the state semifinals," he said. "Boy, I sure would like to get another shot at it.

"Winning a state championship is the ultimate goal. If I got it, would that be the end? I don't know."

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