Gil Wist achieved medal success in both Canadian university and Canadian Open wrestling circles while competing mostly in the 126-pound class during the 1970s.
He joined the Huskies in 1972, after winning high school championships in Moose Jaw. He was twice the WCIAA champion and a medallist two other times. At the CIAU, he won silver in 1972-73 and bronze in 1975-76. He missed one season at the U of S with an injury. He won eight Saskatchewan Open titles, won gold at the Canadian Junior Open in 1973-74, and won silver and bronze at the Canadian Senior Open.
Gil took his keen interest into wrestling programs, notably at Regina Miller and two Saskatoon schools, Bedford Road and Walter Murray.
In 2008, he received the Saskatoon Secondary athletic merit award and the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association's service award.