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Gwinnett represented in wrestling HOF class

The Georgia chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame announced its 2013 class at Saturday's traditional state wrestling tournament in Macon.

The group will have a strong Gwinnett feel to it as three of the six members have county ties.

Former Berkmar coach Jay Gassman, Parkview grad Rick Hennebaul and former Duluth, North Gwinnett and Norcross head coach Gary Humphries will join Bob Eddy, Nick Janoulis and John Kalvelage in this year's class.

The group will be inducted on May 5 at the Atlanta Hilton Northeast in Norcross. They will be enshrined at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla.

The late Gassman, who's son Jim is the head coach at Mountain View, coached at Berkmar from 1977-88. He compiled a 112-12 record, which included 10 Gwinnett County championships, six region titles and 10 top 10 finishes at the state meet.

Hennebaul is a 1984 Parkview grad, where he was a state runner-up. He's been an official for 27 years will join his father, Walter, and brother Bud in the hall of fame.

Humphries started the wrestling program at Duluth, served as an assistant at Berkmar and Parkview and was the head coach at North Gwinnett (1997-00) and Norcross (2000-05). He compiled a 162-102 career record. Humphries, who was an assistant on Norcross' state championship football team last season, has served as an official the last eight years.

Bob Eddy is the former head coach at Etowah and Sequoyah where he compiled a 186-41-1 record. Janoulis wrestled at Druid Hills from 1954-59 where he was a four-time AAU champion. He coached at Gordon (1965-71) and Lakeside (1971-98) where he led the team to the 1997 Class AAA state title.

Kalvelage will be awarded the Outstanding American award. He was a state champion at Lakeside-DeKalb and a two-time Division III All-American at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.