For a school that has won nine consecutive Harford County championships, and 15 of the past 18, it seems natural there is an Aberdeen tradition in wrestling.
Dick Slutzky, who recently completed his 21st year as head coach of the Eagles, always has had the numbers. Slutzky recalls forfeiting one weight class one time during his tenure, but as the numbers attest, his athletes also have been successful.
This year was no different, His wrestlers collected six county titles and one at the regional level, and two earned second places at the state tournament. In dual meets, the Eagles lost only to Oxford, Pa., and Rising Sun in 12 matches.
* These were among the accom
plishments that helped Slutzky become The Baltimore Sun's wrestling Coach of the Year for Harford County.
Before the season started, Slutzky said: "We are younger and greener than before. Although we have some champions, we lack overall balance in the lineup."
Even so, the Eagles were a prohibitive favorite to win the county title. In the meet at Havre de Grace, Aberdeen totaled 188 1/2 points to 113 1/2 for runner-up Bel Air.