Niagara Wheatfield to name wrestling room for legendary coach Cacciatore

How do you honor a legendary high school wrestling coach who's already been welcomed into eight Halls of Fame?

Armand "Ace" Cacciatore
You dedicate the wrestling room in his honor.

Niagara Wheatfield High School in upstate New York will name its wrestling room after Armand "Ace" Cacciatore, successful coach who launched the Falcon mat program nearly six decades ago.

The dedication ceremony -- which is open to alumni, friends and former NW wrestlers and coaches -- will take place at the Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School, 2292 Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn, N.Y. on Wednesday, June 26 at 6 p.m.

Cacciatore started the wrestling program at Niagara Wheatfield in 1961. With him at the helm, NW won more NFL (Niagara Frontier League) league titles, Sectional class titles, Sectional team titles and individual Sectional titles than any other wrestling teams in Section Six.

Among the highlights of Cacciatore's coaching career at NW, by the numbers: a 330-30 overall record ... class sectional champs 23 times ... 17 NFL titles ... and three New York State championships. Cacciatore managed to send more than 35 wrestlers to the New York State finals.

1961 Niagara Wheatfield wrestling team

For these impressive accomplishments, coach Cacciatore has been welcomed into the Section Six Hall of Fame, Western New York Wrestling Coaches HOF, Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling HOF, Greater Buffalo Sports HOF, NYSPHSAA Wrestling HOF, Niagara Falls HOF and NW athletic HOF and Wall of Fame.

Guests are asked to arrive by 5:45 p.m. on June 26 and gather at the entrance to the gymnasium. A reception will be held immediately following the dedication.


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