continues for Spencerport coach
Gordon, Democrat and Chronicle
(December 1981) -Sometimes, it must seen to Spencerport wrestling
coach Bill Jacoutot like he never left home.
Jacoutot, one of five wrestling brothers, home use to be Oldbridge,
N.J. He was as outstanding wrestler at Madison Central, a hotbed of
the sport. Jacoutot says he's found a similar situation at Spencerport.
was the No. 1 sport in my town," said Jacoutot. A Madison squad
won the team title at the Spencerport tournament in 1976 when Jacoutot's
brother was on the wrestling team.
said the Madison team had hoped to compete in this year's tournament,
but the boosters couldn't raise the money to finance the trip.
people of Spencerport just love wrestling," said Jacoutot, whose
team won the invitational tournament last Tuesday with 163 points over St. Edwards of Cleveland, Ohio, which was ranked second in the
said, "The superintendent said to me, 'Bill, I know you're a physical
education man but the people of our town like to win.' That was music
to my ears."
3's Liverpool, the defending champion, had been one of the pre-tourney
favorites and finished third.
so impressed with the people of Spencerport." Jacoutot said. "The
parents cooked steak and eggs at 7:30 the morning of the semifinals
(Tuesday). It's a real pleasure to coach at a place like this.
first couple of weeks we did a lot of talking," said Jacoutot.
(The Rangers defeated Churchville-Chili and Batavia, but
lost a close match to Cardinal Mooney.)
had some problems with discipline, people coming late to practice,"
he added. At that time, Jacoutot instituted two-a-day practices.
must have worked. The Rangers won three overtime matches and six bouts
in the last 15 seconds in the tournament.
a credit to our conditioning," Jacoutot said. "You win tournaments
is no stranger to winning. Before coming to Spencerport this year, he
coached the Pembroke team to a 34-6-1 record in three years. And he's
a former junior college All-American selection from Middlesex Community
College in New Jersey.
there he transferred to the University of Buffalo, where he was the
team captain in 1975 when the squad was ranked 14th in the nation.
graduation, Jacoutot was an assistant for a year at Buffalo.
Spencerport, he has top-notch assistant coach in Woody Vandenburg, who
won the NCAA Division III national title at 167 pounds last year.
we know what we're doing," joked Jacoutot.