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The late Mark Gerrity never won a state title when he wrestled for
legendary Shamokin coach Mal Paul in the late '60s or had a great
deal of involvement with the sport when he returned from the
Vietnam war. But when the District 4 Wrestling Coaches
Association inducts its newest members into the district's Hall of
Fame later this month, Gerrity's name will be on the list. Gerrity's
greatest contribution to wrestling came more recently as the District
4 representative to the Pennsylvania Wrestling website, which was
created by Tom Elling of Lock Haven. Gerrity spent countless
hours collecting information for the site that is visited by thousands
of wrestling fans across the state and the country. "When the
District 4 site became available, Mark plunged into it full
force,''said Elling. "Often he would stay up until the wee hours of
the morning to find information for the sight. He loved the coal
region where he grew up.'' Gerrity's greatest personal
accomplishments came during the war in Southeast Asia. A Marine
platoon sergeant at the age of 19, Gerrity took part in 28 major
operations during his two tours of Vietnam. He won the Silver Star,
the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, a pair of Purple Hearts and the
Navy Commendation Medal with a V for valor. Mark Gerrity died
last Tuesday, after a heroic battle with cancer. He was 51. Said
Elling, "Mark Gerrity was a true American hero. He was unique
because he thrived on doing for others. Losing Mark is like losing a
cherished member of the family. I am sure all of District 4 wrestling
salutes his efforts on their behalf. No one loved District 4 wrestling
more than he did.'' Gerrity's Hall of Fame class will include former
Shamokin coach Paul Stehman, Montoursville's Rick Snyder,
Shamkin's Bill Welker, Lee Hall and Wayne Rider of Hughesville,
and Southern Columbia's Greg Haladay.