Pouring blood, sweat, and tears into Wellington’s wrestling program for 44 years has earned head coach John Sedlick nomination to the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Bill McGrain, president of the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association, said the executive board voted Sedlick in at its Oct. 29 meeting.
“Nominees have to get 60 percent of the vote from the executive board,” he said. “It’s a tremendous honor. It’s really hard to get in.”
Sedlick was one of only three people to make it in this year.
McGrain said the minimum requirement to be considered for the hall of fame is dedicating 20 years of service to the sport and Sedlick has certainly met that threshold.
“You have to have a heck of a career to get in,” he said. “He’s one of the most well respected coaches in the area and in the state of Ohio.”
Sedlick wrestled in high school and at Ashland University, but said he’s had more success as a coach than as a wrestler.
He coached six state champions, 31 state placers, and 49 state qualifiers.
“It’s a high honor and I’m proud to be in it,” Sedlick said. “You never really know it can happen to you.”
The coach will travel to Columbus the first weekend in March to be formally inducted at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at Ohio State University.
The state wrestling tournament is the same weekend and Sedlick said he hopes to take some state qualifiers with him.
“It’s definitely going to be exciting,” he said. “It’s something that caps off my career.”
Sedlick doesn’t have any plans for retirement yet and plans to coach as long as he can.
“Mostly it’s just the love of the sport,” he said. “I really enjoy what I’m doing.”
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Wellington head wrestling coach John Sedlick has served the district for 44 years and is proud to be nominated to join the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame.