Deter remembered by former wrestlers
     2013-07-18      By Elizabeth Gross    elizabethgross@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/Gering Citizen - Retired Gering wrestling coach Chuck Deter is touched by the proclamation and key to the city bestowed on him by Gering Mayor Edwin Mayo at Friday’s dinner at Steel Grill honoring his contribution to the community and the young men he coached throughout the years. 
Many former students of retired Gering High School wrestling coach Chuck Deter, gathered Friday evening at the Steel Grill to honor a man who had impacted their lives in a deep and positive way. Additionally, Deter was awarded his third key to the City of Gering that evening by mayor Edwin Mayo.

During his 30-year coaching career, Deter won 96 tournaments, saw 30 individual state championships, and was named Coach of the Year by the Nebraska Coaches Association for three years in a row.
In addition to his amazing record in competition, the impact made by Coach Deter stretches far beyond mere awards.

Deter’s real legacy has emerged in the young men he coached over his career his tendency to bring out the best of each young man that he coached on the mat.

Walk into the Gering High School gymnasium today and the record of excellence developed by coach Deter still stands. Along the back wall of the wrestling deck are blue and gold cut outs of Nebraska with each state champion immortalized on the wall. Even while Deter was still coaching at Gering those larger than life mementos of champions gone by inspired many wrestlers who took to the deck.
“I always told myself that my name was going to be up there.” said former wrestler, Randall Marquez.

“When you walked up those stairs you were proud to be a Gering wrestler,” said Matt Messersmith.

Under Deter’s guidance the Gering wrestling team became a force to be reckoned with. Marquez remembers how wrestlers from other schools hated to dual against Gering. They always felt like their team never stood a chance. Messersmith remembers some of his toughest work-outs taking place on the wrestling deck.

On Wednesday evenings the team had match offs in order to move up from reserves to varsity. “Some of the matches that took place on that deck were better than anything you’d see at state,” said Messersmith. “You were not given a spot on varsity, you had to earn it.”

According to his former team members, Deter could bring out the very best in every wrestler that walked onto that deck. Marquez remembers that many of the weight classes had three to four wrestlers. It wasn’t about skill level, if you were willing to work, Deter was willing to coach. “He didn’t just coach certain kids,” said Marquez, “ he coached everybody the same way.”

At the Steel Grill on Friday night, a proclamation was read by Gering Mayor Edwin Mayo, declaring Friday, July 12, Chuck Deter Day in Gering.

“Whereas, Greatness is not measured by the awards that are accumulated, hut by the lives touched; and
Whereas, Integrity is not to be judged while in the presence of many, but in solitude when few may notice; and
Whereas, Respect can only be earned by dedication, hard work, humility and being respectful; and

Whereas, We are here to honor a great man who has touched the lives of generations; and
Whereas, This man has shown integrity by teaching greatness through hard work, respect, dedication and humility, and
Whereas, This man has been a mentor to 6 State Championship Teams and 12 other top 3 State Wrestling Finalist Teams, 39 State Wrestling Champions as well as a countless number of life’s champions; and

Whereas, Chuck Deter has always been so much more than a Coach, he has been a Teacher, a Mentor and a Role Model to all the lives he has touched.
Now, therefore, I. Ed Mayo, Mayor of Gering, Nebraska do hereby proclaim July 12, 2013 as Chuck Deter Day and urge our community to take due notice.”

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