Nick Champagne wrestled an awful lot of matches during his Durfee High wrestling career. So it’s understandable that the former Hilltopper captain, a 2012 graduate, doesn’t remember every one of those battles.
One of those that has slipped his memory is one everybody wants to ask him about.
According to Durfee coach Chris Antao, Champagne wrestled accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during the 2011 season, at the Cumberland (R.I.) High School invitational.
Tsarnaev wrestled for Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School.
“He was pretty good. He made the finals of that tournament,” Antao said. “Nick lost to him when he was a junior. He was losing when I pulled him due to asthma attack. Seemed like (Tsarnaev’s) teammates respected him, but he had an arrogant appeal to him.”
---------- I guess one man’s profanity is another man’s heartfelt verbal expression. Since I’m in the former category, here’s offering a double thumbs down to David Ortiz’s useless verbal punctuation to the otherwise very dignified and classy Boston Marathon bombing ceremony last weekend at Fenway Park. If that’s the best you can do, Papi, then simply decline the microphone. This wasn’t the Sox clubhouse. This was a national (perhaps international) stage, with a huge audience that included children and plenty of us who don’t find our day enriched by the dreaded F-Bomb. The real villain here was Sox management, if it indeed gave the OK for Papi to speak. The men upstairs should have known better.
---------- A man’s failings can make him relatable and likeable. Such is the case of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, our former senator from Massachusetts. Kerry recently was on video saying that he thought the New York Yankees made a very nice post marathon bombing gesture to Boston by playing “Sweet Adeleine” during a game at Yankee Stadium.
---------- Speaking of relatability. I have come up with an idea for a relatable superhero. Blessed with super strength, he would also be cursed by fits of violent coughing.
His name: Tubercules.
---------- Giant thanks to Diman Regional students Melanie and Amanda for the safe return of my cell phone. And there were no calls to Bali. Thanks also to the school police officer.
---------- Diman Regional baseball player Japheth Richards, who struck out 20 batters in an early-season win over Southeastern Regional, was described by coach Flo Lima as a five-tool player. At the time, neither Lima nor I could some up with the fifth tool. He mentioned running, throwing, hitting and hitting for power. Flo called back the next day with No. 5. It’s fielding.
---------- Here’s a possible list for an upcoming column. Ranking the top five baseball players in Durfee history. Give that one some thought. Feel free to email or comment or tweet or just sing your opinion out the window. (Bill Mullaly will not be involved in this process.)
Believe it or not, Greg Sullivan is a staff reporter. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @gregsullivan4.