Immortalizing Wrestling Legends

Immortalizing Wrestling Legends
Immortalizing Wrestling Legends

The wrestling room gets new record boards in honor of Coach Lou.

When Coach Lou Heberer retired this summer, Gabe Cohen ’03 felt moved to honor the coach who had meant so much to him. So he and former wrestlers Chan Willett ’93, Alex Karam ’95, Dan Kovler ’02, Gabe Cohen ’03, AJ Parks ’09, and Brennan Shanks ’09 reached out to their fellow alumni to raise money to design and install new record boards in the wrestling rooms. The entire Sidwell Friends community responded, surpassing the original goal of $15,000 in under six weeks.

The boards, which were unveiled on January 30 before a match against Potomac School, honor the record-holding wrestlers and teams of days past while paying homage to Coach Lou, the man who guided them to many of those achievements over the past 33 years.

In addition to listing MAC championships, wrestlers with 100 wins, and national prep place finishers, the boards represent “just a portion of the lives you’ve touched through your commitment to this program,” said current wrestling head coach Josh Markey, who was an assistant to Lou during his tenure. “I’m hopeful we can move forward in a way that will make you proud.”

“This brings back all the memories of what we have accomplished, not what I have accomplished,” said Lou, thanking the team, SFS faculty and staff, and especially his wife, Ann, for supporting him over the years.

Sidwell Friends went on to defeat Potomac, 48-24. Be sure to stop by the wrestling room to check out the new boards, check out pictures from the dedication and match, and don’t miss the video tribute to Coach Lou created by Perry Pickert ’94.

More School News

Build the World You Want to Live In

Eboo Patel talked to the Sidwell Friends community about religious pluralism and how to create a better nation rather than tear down the status quo.

Enter the Dragon!

Ten years of the Lower School’s United Voices Dream Choir.

Natural Bonds

The Black Girls’ Society reaches across School divisions to create community and pride.

Be a Signal in the Noise

Conversation With Friends welcomes Meredith Fineman ’05 to discuss her book, Brag Better.