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August 24, 2010

PSU Assistant named to Maine Wrestling Hall of Fame

Jim Aguiar honored for contributions to wrestling 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The assistant coach of the Plymouth State University wrestling team was honored for contributions to the sport last weekend when he was inducted into the Maine Amateur Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame.

Jim Aguiar             Jim Aguiar, who is a former head wrestling coach at Plymouth State and a current assistant coach, was inducted in a ceremony last Saturday in Westbrook, Maine, along with Andy Kalman and Les Leighton.  Aguiar has enjoyed success in wrestling as both a competitor and a coach.

            A two-time State Champ from Maine, Aguiar (right) went to Boston University on a football scholarship and was instrumental in establishing the BU wrestling program.  Aguiar served as PSU’s head wrestling coach from 1974 to 1985 and has the program’s most wins with a 109-88-1 record.

            Aguiar came to Plymouth State as the defensive coordinator for the Panther football team in addition to serving as the head wrestling coach.  He went on to serve one season as the head football coach posting the first winning season in five years.  He resigned to continue his graduate studies.

            After completing his doctorate in education at Boston University, Aguiar left Plymouth to become the head wrestling coach at NCAA Division II Moorhead State (Mn).  He served two years in that role, turning around a program that had fallen on hard times.  In 1988 Dr. Aguiar accepted a teaching position at Ithaca College.  Jim retired from teaching at IC in 2003 returning to NH and quickly became reconnected to the Panther wrestling program as an assistant coach. 

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