Longtime Marist wrestling coach Mark Gervais was inducted into the 2015 National Wrestling Hall of Fame - Illinois Chapter during a banquet on Sunday, October, 18, 2015 at Holiday Inn Countryside.
Gervais graduated from East Leyden High School, and continued his wrestling career at Northeast Missouri State, before staying on to coach three All-Americans and win an MIAA Conference championship during a three-year coaching stint at his alma mater. Gervais also worked as an assistant coach to Ronny Clinton at Eastern Illinois University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration.
Gervais arrived at Marist in 1982 and would begin a 25-year stretch that included 511 dual meet victories as the school’s head coach. Gervais’ coaching career included eight individual state champions, 10 individual runners-up, 50 other place-winners and 100 state final qualifiers. His teams won 24 consecutive East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) titles, 11 regionals and six sectionals. Marist would win the team state title under Gervais in 1987 and combine to finish second or third on four other occasions.
He is a member of the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) Hall of Fame, Marist High School Hall of Fame, and ESCC Hall of Fame. He now coaches wrestling at the freshman level, and serves the school as the curriculum coordinator of the physical education department.
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