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Wrestling Returns to the Armory

Nicholas Champagne '12
Reporter
October 11, 2011

The B.M.C. Durfee wrestling team is diving back into their competitive nature that once brought media attention, pride, and a positive reputation to Fall River.

Last year it began with the arrival of Christopher Antao, the new head coach and former member of the 1996 undefeated team. Also joining the staff is Durfee wrestling alumni Nate Valcourt. Last season, wrestlers represented Fall River at states and all-states, as well as the New England meet, which has not happened in quite some time.
Eric Benevides, standing on the podium, showed the best athletes and coaches in New England that Durfee is making a return.

The new coaches brought the once popular and recently forgotten wrestling program back to the Bank Street Armory. This feeder program will create a much larger and skilled high school team; exposing middle school children at an early age to the wrestling mat. With this program open to the entire community kids are invited into a growing brotherhood, filled with positive leadership, goals, morals, and life lessons. This is the beginning of a revival.

On Monday, September 26, the fall session of the program opened to the public and on Monday, October 3, sign-ups for the Durfee wrestling team were held in the wrestling room of the Luke Urban Field House. Sign-ups will be held again during the official winter sports registrations in late November. All are encouraged to join and participate.