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Three locals to be inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Poly wrestling coach Wavie Gibson has one of the most successful wrestling programs in the city schools.
Poly wrestling coach Wavie Gibson has one of the most successful wrestling programs in the city schools. (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore Sun)

Two local wrestling coaches and an accomplished former high school wrestler will be inducted into the Maryland chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame next month.

Poly coach Wavie Gibson III, Bel Air coach Craig Reddish and former Perry Hall wrestler Marcos T. Doxanas will be inducted during a banquet at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on Nov. 9.

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Gibson and Reddish will receive Lifetime Service to Wrestling awards while Doxanas will receive the Oustanding American award, given to an accomplished person with ties to wrestling.

Gibson was a state champion wrestler at Mardela outside Salisbury, then wrestled at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. He later became head coach at Walbrook, where his team won the MSA conference title in 1987. He moved to Poly in 1999.

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Reddish was a regional champion wrestler at Bel Air and returned there to coach football in 1991. In 1993, he became the head wrestling coach and led the Bobcats to the state dual meet championship in 2010. He was given the Outstanding Sportsmanship award from the Maryland Wrestling Officials Association n 2005.

Doxanas graduated from Perry Hall in 1969. He then earned a B.S. in psychology from Virginia and a doctorate in ophthalmology from Virginia Medical School. His internship and residency took him to Johns Hopkins, Norfolk General, Greater Baltimore Medical Center and the University of Arizona Hospital.

Al Witt, who coached at Williamsport in Washington County, and Scott Beattie, who coached at Einstein and Sherwood in Montgomery County, will also be inducted on Nov. 9.

The five inductees will be enshrined at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla.

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Tickets to the banquet are $65 and available at http://md-nwhof.ticketleap.com/.

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