Dietrich, Masood to be honored for wrestling contributions

November 11, 2011|By ANDREW MASON |
  • Joe Dietrich, left, and Ed Masood each will receive the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award from the Maryland Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Annapolis on Sunday.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

Joe Dietrich and Ed Masood have spent the majority of their lives deeply involved with the sport of wrestling.

The positive impacts they’ve made are far too great to measure, as the two Washington County men can only be sized as hall-of-famers.

Dietrich, 59, of Smithsburg, and Masood, 68, of Williamsport, are each set to receive the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award from the Maryland Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Annapolis on Sunday.

“This is neat to be recognized by a national organization,” Dietrich said. “It’s pretty cool.”

He and Masood both wrestled in high school and college — Dietrich at Salisbury State College and Masood at Lock Haven State College. From there, they spent decades coaching, officiating, leading various state and local committees and associations, organizing tournaments and making countless other contributions to the sport.

Both men already have been inducted into the Maryland State Wrestling Hall of Fame.

While Masood’s involvement with wrestling has significantly lessened since he resigned last year as the supervisor of athletics, health and physical education for Washington County Public Schools, Dietrich still is going strong at Smithsburg High School.

Next week, Dietrich will begin his 34th season as the Leopards’ head wrestling coach. Under his guidance, Smithsburg has won 285 dual meets and finished second in the state tournament three times. He’s coached four high school All-Americans, nine state champions, 41 region champs and 41 state placewinners, a list that includes both of his sons, Kris and Mike.

“My top honor is the kids who come back and see me and tell me that they respect me,” Dietrich said. “I had a kid who came from Colorado for his father’s funeral, and he came to a tournament at Catoctin to talk to me and tell me that I was his role model. That was pretty cool.”

Masood was with Montgomery County Public Schools from 1965 to 2003, before he moved to Washington County to become the head of athletics.

His most significant contribution to wrestling was co-founding the Maryland state tournament, which started in 1970.

“That was a milestone in my career,” Masood said.

Of course, the sport itself also has contributed greatly to the lives of Masood and Dietrich.

“When you win, there’s no greater feeling. And when you lose, you can’t blame anybody,” Masood said. “It teaches you a lot of discipline, and it teaches you a lot of humility. ... And the camaraderie — it’s such a close-knit group of people because nobody can understand it unless you’ve done it.”

Less than a hundred men have received the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award in Maryland. Washington County has had two previous recipients — Greg Slick, the longtime coach at North Hagerstown, in 2007; and Rick Hare, a longtime official, in 2008.

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