Avon Lake turned to one of the legendary names in Lorain County wrestling in its quest to find a replacement for wrestling coach Scott Peepers.
Scott Sedlick, who won a 160-pound state championship while wrestling for his father John at Wellington in 1992, has been tapped to take over the Shoremen program.
Sedlick, who was a tri-captain and nationally-ranked wrestler at Syracuse University, was one of the many successful wrestlers John Sedlick coached in his 46 years at the helm at Wellington.
After college, Scott Sedlick coached Santa Margarita High School in Aliso Viejo, Calif., for 16 years.
Even though his lineage was a selling point, Avon Lake athletic director Brent Schrempf said he would have hired a coach with Sedlick’s resume and qualifications regardless of his bloodlines.
“Throughout the interview process, the success that Scott was able to generate after learning from his father at a young age and looking at his lineage is impressive,” Schrempf said. “What he was able to do and how successful he has been on his own says a lot.
“He was a successful wrestler for his father in high school, had a great career at Syracuse and did a great job leading a program in California. He has a strong resume.”
Sedlick, who teaches in the Cleveland City School district, said he will be eternally grateful for his father.
“I cannot possibly say enough about how I was raised and coached by my dad,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better role model for becoming a wrestler, becoming a wrestling coach and all those things. The hard work and dedication he put into it made me strive for better things because he’s done it all.”
Avon Lake finished ninth in the Southwestern Conference standings last season. Sedlick is excited about leading a SWC program.
“I am looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “Out in California we had a tough conference and it was challenging … you always had to be on top of things. There is a lot of potential at Avon Lake that we need to tap into. If we do that, if we work hard, I think we’re going to be able to compete with these schools.
“It’s a good group of schools to be able to dual-meet against and it’s always a plus when your conference will help prepare you for the postseason.”
The postseason, and the competition his Shoremen will see, is another thing that has Sedlick excited.
“When I think of St. Edward and Elyria being in our sectional and district, we’re going to know where we’re at immediately,” he said. “If you can wrestle with those guys at the sectional and district tournament, you know where you’re at, and you better be ready to go.
“In Wellington, we were a Division III school and we only saw those guys at big tournaments, and when we got to wrestle them it was exciting. To go out and beat those guys then, at a Division III school, it was always the highlight.
“We get to wrestle those guys a bunch now, being Division I, and it will set the bar right where we know we’ll need to be. There is a level of excitement there because we’ll be wrestling, literally, the best teams in the nation.”
Sedlick has a message for his future wrestlers at Avon Lake. He wants them to know the classroom will be just as important as the wrestling room.
“You have to be smart,” he said. “The best wrestlers are smart wrestlers, so you have to be a good student and keep your grades up so you don’t have to worry about that. That way you can really focus on what you have to do on the mat.
“The mental part of wrestling is so big and if you don’t have everything in your life lined up and ready to go, if you aren’t dedicated to it, you really have no chance.”
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