North Harford's first wrestling team started during the 1964-65 school year. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTH HARFORD HIGH / January 8, 2014)

The North Harford High School Hawks wrestling program is celebrating 50 years this season and Feb. 7 is the day for the official celebration.

Wrestlers from the start through wrestlers today will have a pre-meet reception at the school, starting at 5 p.m. A welcoming ceremony will follow, leading to the Hawks UCBAC non-division dual meet with Aberdeen.

Following the meet, a reception will follow.

Bill Pyle, principal at North Harford in the 1960s, started the wrestling program by hiring Anthony "Chuck" Dysleski. Starting a program from scratch with no youth program in that part of the county, Coach Dysleski was able to build a successful program.

That program is in its 50th year thanks to the guidance of coaches who followed, including Fred Holtz, Dean Petty and current head coach Gerald Christian.

For additional information or to help with identification of past wrestlers, please contact Phil Watson, 443-253-1806 or, or Joe Pruitt, 252-571-2175 or