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NO. R-61. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING MIKE BAKER UPON HIS INDUCTION INTO THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING HALL OF FAME.

(J.R.H. 52)

Offered by: Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Blanchard of Essex, Fox of Essex, Hummel of Underhill, Parizo of Essex, Sweetser of Essex and Symington of Jericho.

Whereas, Mike Baker graduated from Norwich University in 1968, and he immediately commenced his high school wrestling coaching career by introducing the sport at Mount Mansfield Union High School, and

Whereas, after a five-year tenure at Mount Mansfield, he accepted the challenging head coach position at Essex High School, and

Whereas, during his 26-year tenure at Essex High School, Coach Baker's impressive results have included three state team championships in 1985, 1987 and 1988, and

Whereas, an amazing 46 of Coach Baker's young wrestlers have earned individual state championship honors, and

Whereas, his cumulative career wins by 1996 had risen to 300, enabling Coach Baker to share this unusual distinction with only 28 other high school wrestling coaches in the United States, and

Whereas, perhaps far more importantly than his outstanding history of team and individual championships is his dedication to maximizing each student's potential on the wrestling mat, and

Whereas, Coach Baker has served as a role model for both his students and other secondary school athletic coaches, and

Whereas, in recognition of his exemplary career accomplishments, Coach Mike Baker was inducted into the National High School Wrestling Hall of Fame at a ceremony conducted, most appropriately, at Essex High School, and

Whereas, Coach Baker is truly a worthy recipient for this special honor, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate Coach Mike Baker of Essex High School on his induction into the National High School Wrestling Hall of Fame, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Coach Mike Baker at Essex High School.