January 29, 2013

Hawks Wrestling Coach Gary Canter Facing Last Home Match

Larue  County High School Hawks wrestling coach is poised to coach his last home match on Wednesday, as the team faces Oldham County at 6 p.m., in what should be an emotional experience for all involved. Canter was approached by the school to coach the wrestling team in 1990, after a less-than-inspiring stint as the girl's basketball coach, which he started in the 1986-87 season.

In a humorous memory, Canter has recalled how he had to educate the community and his young wrestlers concerning the type of wrestling they would be doing wouldn't be the type they saw on TV in the roped in areas.

There have been few coaches with the success in Kentucky that Canter has had, who has led the Hawks to second-place state finishes in 2001, 2005 and 2012. Canter honestly admits that is the one thing that he regrets in his career, but says it isn't as big of a deal in wrestling because it's more of an individual than a team sport.

Wins and success are only part of the story of Canter and his wrestling coaching career, as he has garnered the respect of his colleagues who know him, who say he is ready to help them whenever they have asked him for help and advice in the past.

His wrestlers also testify to the fact that his focus has been one of selflessness, only wanting the best out of and for his wrestlers over the years. Larue County High School will definitely miss his presence on the sidelines going forward.

It will definitely be one of the highlights of 2013 for the county Wednesday night, with those people attending sure to create and experience memories they won't soon forget. Gary Canter will without a doubt be one of them.

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