More than 40 Gilman wrestling alumni and friends gathered in the new C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Health, Wellness, and Fitness Center in support of the 39th Annual Haswell M. Franklin '50 Gilman Duals. Grapplers spanning several generations of Gilman's rich wrestling history swapped stories and laughs while enjoying a light lunch. The new space was a focal point of conversation, drawing rave reviews and compliments from the group. Head Wrestling Coach Bryn Holmes also made an appearance between matches to greet the crowd and provide an update on the season.
Prior to the lunch, representatives from the Class of 1987 reunited to commemorate the dedication of the Class of '87 Alcove, named in memory of three members of that class: Jack Buchanan, Carlos Evans, and Pierre Silva. Athletic Director Russell Wrenn '96 welcomed the group and shared his appreciation for what the new space allows students, faculty, and staff to do. Matt Wyskiel '87 thanked the group for their incredible support and unveiled the plaque and photo that commemorates their classmates. Finally, Bill Buchanan '85, Jack's older brother, spoke about how meaningful the dedication was to him and his family.
The alcove recognizes those Greyhounds who contributed to the robust success of Gilman's varsity football team during the 1986 season. The team went 9-1, outscored opponents 234-44, posted five shutouts, allowed double-digit points only once all season, and finished as The Baltimore Sun's #2 ranked team.