Nov. 13, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Frank Edwards, a 2004 graduate of the Naval Academy who garnered All-America honors and was a decorated Marine, is among seven wrestlers or former head coaches who will be inducted into the Maryland chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The awards ceremony set for Sunday (2:00-5:30 pm) at the Loews Annapolis Hotel will featured six men earning lifetime service to wrestling awards and one earning the organization's Outstanding American award.
A native of Olney, Md., Edwards came to the Academy in the fall of 2000 following an accomplished career at Sherwood High School that saw him win three state crowns. He compiled a 51-18 record at Navy which featured a 31-9 mark as a junior and saw him place seventh at the NCAA Championship at 165 pounds and garner All-America recognition. He won three tournaments his junior year and placed second at the EIWA Championship before putting together a 5-2 record at the NCAA Championship.
Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, Edwards joined the Marine Corps, where he served in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Ground Intelligence Officer and Team Commander in the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) he achieved the rank of Captain before transitioning out of the Marine Corps in September 2011. He was honored with multiple achievement medals, including for valor under fire in Iraq and a Bronze Star for heroic actions while leading an assault in northwest Afghanistan.
"The challenges that I experienced, as a wrestler at USNA, while balancing academics, athletics and leadership development prepared me for leading men in combat," said Edwards, who lives in the Tampa Bay region where he manages a corporate security and investigations program at Citigroup. "Unfortunately, recognition in combat often is when missions do not go as planned. The fortitude of my Marine teammates and their heroics in battle is what helped us navigate through tough situations."
Edwards will be honored Sunday afternoon with the chapter's Outstanding American Award.
In addition to Edwards, the following men will be inducted into the Maryland Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
• Eddie Bailey, an NCAA Division-III national champion at Salisbury State College and state finalist for James M. Bennett High School, will be honored with a lifetime service to wrestling award. He is a three-time Bayside Coach of the Year at Mardela High School and a longtime referee.
• Bill Hyson, the head wrestling coach at Francis Scott Key High School for 34 years, will be honored with a lifetime service to wrestling award. He has won 268 dual meets and coached 13 state champions and 76 state placers.
• Ron Jackson, the head coach of the McKim Knights junior league wrestling team since the 1980s, will be honored with a lifetime service to wrestling award. Jackson has coached 34 junior league champions and two high school national champs in addition to running the Baltimore City championships for 15 years.
• Dean Johnson, who was director of the MPSSAA Dual Meet championships for 15 years, will be honored with a lifetime service to wrestling award. Johnson was an assistant coach at Westminster High School five years and a director of regional tournaments for 18 years.
• Kevin Kearns, a former captain of the University of Maryland wrestling team and longtime assistant coach for the Terps, will be honored with a lifetime service to wrestling award. A graduate of Mt. St. Joseph School, Kearns represented the U.S. at international Greco-Roman competitions and was head coach of Dulaney High School and Johns Hopkins University.
• Keith Watson, a longtime coach at Bel Air and John Carroll high schools, will be honored with a lifetime service to wrestling award. The head coach of the Patriots since 2002, he has won more than 270 dual meets and coached 18 National Prep All-Americans and two national champions.
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