1990 Gerald  A. Marking  Campbellsport.gifGerald Marking graduated from Baraboo High School, Baraboo, Wisconsin in 1956. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville pursuing industrial arts. With some time in the service, Marking earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, graduating in 1963.

Marking started the wrestling program at Campbellsport High School in 1966 and has been the only head wrestling coach since. Initially, he took the position for one year. Marking had never wrestled and had virtually no knowledge of the sport. Marking developed a first season record 4-5 toward statistics that have become the envy of many coaches. With a winning season each year, 1967 to the present, he compiled a dual meet record of 259-21-1.

Marking demonstrates enthusiasm and dedication toward wrestling that has been recognized by those around him. Dave Meyer, wrestling coach of Lomira High School states, "he is an accomplished teacher, motivator and promoter. His love of wrestling as a molder of young men are well known among those familiar with him. He has always handled his athletes with firm but fatherly discipline and always given a boy a push when a push is needed and a hug when that was called for. He is a fierce and fiery competitor and he does a remarkable job of instilling the same competitiveness in his wrestlers." Steve Engelland, wrestling coach at Neenah High School adds, "Marking is more than a coach. He is a totally dedicated and committed person to the young men he coaches. This is obvious, not only in wrestling, but also in his rapport with the students he greets in the halls and in the classroom each day."

With the great backing of parents and wrestlers, the Campbellsport wrestling tradition took off. His teams have won 23 conference titles in a row; the first 3 while in the Scenic Moraine Conference and the last 20 in the Wisconsin Flyway Conference. He has coached 159 individual conference champions. Marking's teams have earned the distinction of having 146 consecutive conference wins. His teams have had 11 undefeated seasons and 14 undefeated seasons at home, with a home record of 129-7-0. In the 23 years of wrestling, Campbellsport has shut out 38 teams. From 1970-1978 his teams won 101 dual meets in a row.

They have won 13 WIAA Regional and 6 WIAA Sectional championships. In 1980, Marking's team won the WIAA Class B State Championships and in 1979, his team placed 2nd. In his 24 years of coaching, 59 of Marking's wrestlers have been WIAA state qualifiers while 23 have been place winners. Nine of his wrestlers have been in the finals and 3 became champions. Campbellsport's most recognized wrestler in college was Rick Gruber, who was University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh's first 4 time All-American.