David Dodson has spent much of his life involved in wrestling.
From participating in the sport as a high school athlete, to coaching others at the same level once he graduated from college, Dodson’s resume is lengthy and successful.
On Sunday, the longtime contributor joined an exclusive club thanks to his efforts — Dodson was enshrined in the Maryland chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as one of six members of the Class of 2018.
The ceremony took place in Annapolis, where Dodson received a Lifetime Service to Wrestling honor alongside former Western Maryland College standout Dick Schmertzler.
Dodson’s Hall pass makes him the third active Carroll high school coach to be enshrined in the Maryland chapter — Francis Scott Key’s Bill Hyson was part of the Class of 2013; Winters Mill’s John Lowe earned his trip in 2012.
Dodson began his athletic career at Francis Scott Key, where he competed in football, wrestling and track. Upon graduating he attended Frostburg State University, where he played football for two years and earned a degree in physical education/health.
He returned to Carroll County and started his coaching career at FSK in 1990 as an assistant for Hyson. Three years later, Dodson transferred to teach at North Carroll High School.
It became his home for the next 23 years.
While at North Carroll he coached football, lacrosse, and his lifetime passion of wrestling. Dodson believes the coaches and the talented people he has worked with is the reason for his success at North Carroll and Manchester Valley high schools, and in the northern Carroll County Community.
Dodson has coached and assisted 68 Carroll County wrestling champions, 31 regional champions, 41 state placewinners, and 10 state champs.
North Carroll finished as a state tournament finalist in 2006, and in 2008 the Panthers were state dual-meet tournament finalists.
Dodson arrived at Manchester Valley and resumed his coaching career. In 2018, the Mavericks qualified for the regional dual-meet tournament for the first time in school history.
Dodson has made an impact in the wrestling community by overseeing the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association region and state duals tournaments.
He received a Service to Wrestling award from the MPSSAA in 2008.
Winters Mill 1, South Carroll 1
Recap: At Westminster on Saturday, Alex Powell scored for the Falcons and Brooke Sadler netted SC’s goal. Kyle Holt had an assist for WM; Megan O’Neill had a helped for the Cavs.
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