If you own a restaurant and you have three sons who are all champion wrestlers, you could be forgiven for displaying their awards and honors on the walls. In Gary Truby's case, it's a different story.
On the walls of Truby's Redlands Publick House inn in Derwood, there instead are old copies of the Pittsburgh Press, kept from when he grew up in Washington, Pa. Beside a few softball trophies, the only sports reference is a framed copy of a newspaper story featuring his son Bobby winning the world schoolboy championship in 1982.
The wrestling trophies are at home, taking up shelf space, which is pretty much how it goes in the Truby household. Despite having two sons who recently repeated as state champions and another on the way up, the most pressing matter at the moment is making sure all the customers that come in are waited on.
"I don't get out to see them much," Gary Truby said. "I'm always working here all hours of the day and night."
But his two oldest sons, Mike and Bobby, are working on increasing their collection of state titles. Earlier this month, Mike Truby, a senior at Sherwood, finished 29-2 and won his second straight state championship at 112 pounds. It was his third state title overall, making him only the fourth person in Maryland wrestling history to win three crowns.
Younger brother Bobby, 30-1-1 this season as a sophomore, shut out all four of his opponents in the state meet, pinning three, to win the 105-pound title after winning at 98 pounds last year. The Trubys are the only brother combination to win state championships two years in a row.
In addition, the youngest son, John, is a Capital Area Junior League champion, and daughter Lisa, 19, won her only match in boys club competition.
Despite these achievements, wrestling is not discussed much.
"After the match, we just talk about the match," Bobby Truby said. "We don't say much about it during the week."
A wrestling coach at Churchill for 10 years, Gary Truby said his sons became interested in the sport when his wife would bring them to the matches.
Truby said his sons would sometimes wrestle on the carpet, or on the small wrestling mat in their basement. Most times, though, he'd enter them in tournaments in Maryland and Pennsylvania, leaving the instruction to the boys club coaches.
His involvement was an occasional comment or two about their performance. "You can't have two coaches," Truby said. "They've had good coaches all along. (The championships) just happened."
"Because their father was a wrestling coach, they considered it more their sport than baseball or tennis," Cinda Truby said, echoing the same thing for Lisa. "Because she had two brothers wrestling, instead of being the frilly little girl, she was more the tomboy."
Although having a family of wrestlers can present problems, Cinda Truby says her sons didn't cause much trouble. But they weren't angels, either.
"They weren't very quiet," she said. "They're just average routine boys horsing around."
In Lisa Truby's only match for the Wheaton Boys Club, she pinned her male opponent in 23 seconds. Her career was short-lived as a result of a neighboring club threatening to drop out of the league if she continued.
"She was good," said Cinda Truby. "She didn't have much of a chance to prove it."
Younger brother John, 12, won the 60-pound Capital Area Junior League championship last year and was in the finals of this year's tournament. He's been wrestling for six years.
"I guess he likes it because me and Mike wrestle," said Bobby Truby. "He never works out much, though."
"It's going to be tough on (John) when he gets to high school," Gary Truby said. "We'll just have to wait and see. I'm looking forward to it."
But wrestling in college is not something Mike Truby looks forward to. Although unsure about his future, he is certain he won't wrestle again, despite offers from a number of colleges.
("Mike's) more the quiet type, while Bobby is more outgoing," said Gary Truby. "He stays in the background. Bobby would win a lot more championships (in boys club), while Mike would take a lot of seconds and thirds."
Next season, Bobby Truby plans to move up to his brother's weight class at 112, giving them a chance to become the first brother combination to each win three state titles. The only challenge, he says, is not getting too confident. "Just because you win two (championships) doesn't mean that you'll win three," he said.
Although winning is a common occurrence in the Truby household, the excitement will still be there for Cinda Truby. In fact, she may still be pinching herself over her sons' accomplishments this season.
"When they both won the states, I was the happiest I've ever been," she said. "Even when I woke up the next morning, I was still smiling."