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February 25, 2014

A TRADITION RENEWED

Triton celebrates opening of renovated wrestling room

BYFIELD — Yesterday afternoon, the Triton wrestling program welcomed back alumni, parents and other supporters of the program to unveil its newly renovated wrestling room.

The new room includes a new mat, a new paint job and none of the damage that plagued the old room, which had remained effectively untouched since the program was first founded in the early 1970s.

The renovation was the result of numerous donations from parents, alumni and school administrators, and Triton athletic director Sean McInnis said the energy put into the project by supporters was amazing and speaks volumes about the wrestling program and the tradition it has fostered over the years.

“Usually something like this takes months and sometimes even a year or two,” McInnis said. “And we did this in just a month.”

Among the program’s former standouts in attendance was Con Madigan, a former state champion who coached Triton from 1987 to 1994. He said Triton’s always been lucky to have its own room, considering that many schools have to roll up the mats every day and find space in the cafeteria to wrestle, and that maximizing the space has been the key to the program’s success since the beginning.

“If you want to be a champion, you have to work out hard,” Madigan said. “It’s a great space. The administration has done a great job redoing that room.”

Coach Sean McElligott concurred, saying that just because they have a new room doesn’t mean what the room represents is going to change.

“It’s still the room, and we have a great history in there,” McElligott said. “Scotty Bateman, if you go see the new Hall of Fame, his plaque will be there. He is a part of the Triton Hall of Fame, he’s a three-time state champion and a two-time New England Champion. That happened in that room.”

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