Written by Theresa Caivano Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00
The Massapequa School District recently decided to name the Massapequa High School wrestling room after former legendary coach, educator and mentor: Al Bevilacqua.
In connection with the naming of the wrestling room in honor of Coach Bevilacqua, the Friends of Massapequa Wrestling, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to fostering the sport of wrestling in Massapequa, pledged to pay for the renovation of the high school’s wrestling room.
The Friends of Massapequa Wrestling will conduct a fundraising drive to provide the funding for the major overhaul of the high school wrestling room.
Bevilacqua served as an educator with the Massapequa Public Schools from 1961 to 1994. He began coaching at Massapequa as an assistant to Coach John Haas and later assumed the head coaching position in 1963. Bevilacqua continued as the head coach until 1977 when Gary Mims took over the program. As time permitted him over the years, he continued as a volunteer assistant. Bevilacqua’s dedication, commitment and contribution to the Massapequa community and its young men and women spanned more than 50 years.
In addition to honoring Coach Al Bevilacqua, the renovated wrestling room walls will tell the history of wrestling in Massapequa. The names of state and county champions and place winners as well as the winners of other individual honors from both Massapequa High School and Berner High School, as well as team honors will be on the walls above the mats.
In order to achieve this goal, the Friends of Massapequa Wrestling is reaching out to all Massapequa and Berner alumni whose lives were touched by Coach Bevilacqua or the wrestling program. The initial estimate for the renovation is in excess of $50,000. To make a tax deductible contribution please make your check payable to the “Friends of Massapequa Wrestling Inc.” and mail it to Post Office Box 61, Massapequa, New York 11758. All contributions will be greatly appreciated.
An artist rendition of the renovated wrestling room was on exhibit at the December 29 Christmas tournament and will also be on display at the January 6 alumni night. Visit the website at www.LeagueLineup.com/MassapequaWrestling.