Benevides Wins State Championship 

Nicholas Champagne '12
February 20, 2012

This past weekend, Durfee student, Eric Benevides joined an elite group of wrestlers after tackling the Division 1 State Championship. Without a single earned point scored on him, Benevides was able to pin his opponent in the first period during the finals locking in his spot as the sixth State Champion from Durfee. On his side was the former 1998 Durfee State Champion, Chris Antao who was there coaching the standout.

Benevides wrestles an opponent.

                                                           -Hilltop file photo


It was not due to luck or a coincidence that Benevides has had such success. The wrestler has been putting in work for many years. Competing in judo as a child, he eventually moved over to wrestling in 7th grade. During both his Freshman and sophomore years, he suffered from severe injuries that barred him from competing in the post-season. The following year, he placed 2nd in states and all-states, losing to freshman standout Christian Monserat from Methuan both times.

He began his season with a 9-0 record before his first loss in the Cranston West Finals, wrestling up a weight class at 113, but still undefeated at his weight class of 106. During the season he locked in tournament championships at the Franklin County Tech Tournament, Belmont B. Grant Memorial, and Cumberland Invitational. He is now also a two time Division one South Sectional Champion, capturing his 100th win in this season's sectional finals.

Benevides, has racked up a season record of 39-2 and an overall record of 104-13. Over the next few weeks, he will be training for the All-State tournament. With Monserat out of his path, he is more confident than ever he will walk out with first place this season next Saturday, February 25, 2012.