Belfast wrestling coach Heroux collapses

Posted Jan. 17, 2011, at 9:33 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 17, 2011, at 10:50 p.m.

Belfast High School wrestling coach Ted Heroux collapsed at a five-team meet in Belfast on Monday and was transported to Waldo County General Hospital by ambulance.

All athletic events involving Belfast High School athletes were postponed.

Belfast athletic director Mark Babin said Heroux is in the intensive care unit, but family members informed him that Heroux is “doing well and talking.”

A hospital spokeswoman said she couldn’t release his condition due to a confidentiality clause.

The Knox.Villagesoup.com reported that emergency medical technicians performed chest compressions and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and a defibrillator was used.

He was transported to the hospital within a few minutes of his collapse, which occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Heroux has coached the Lions to eight state Class B wrestling championships, including back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009, and is one of just two coaches in the state with more than 500 career victories.

He coached the Lions for 36 years before retiring in 2002, but he returned in 2006.

The 1961 graduate of Crosby High School in Belfast led the Lions to state titles in 1969, ’70, ’86, ’87, ’94 and ’95 during his first tenure.

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