Written by Tara Brennan Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00
“If you had him as a teacher, you would understand why this wrestling room is being dedicated to him,” said Gary Mims, Massapequa’s former wrestling coach of many years who succeeded Bevilacqua. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.”
Mims said that Bevilacqua taught wrestling techniques, and also instilled in generations of students the values of discipline, which they applied in all aspects of their lives. Mims refers to himself as “Bevilacqua’s eldest son.”
“Nobody loves wrestling more than Al,” he later added.
The renovation and dedication of the wrestling room was made possible through donations given to The Friends of Massapequa Wrestling Inc, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting wrestling within the Massapequa community. The efforts put forth into renovating the wrestling room are intended to mimic Coach Bevilacqua’s own generosity and inclination toward giving back to the community. With the addition of this wrestling room, it is hoped that future generations of Massapequa wrestlers will be able to develop their talents, and the program will continue to flourish.