Wrestling - Varsity
The Pride wrestling program is one of the strongest in New England year after year. The team has placed in the top five in New England the last two years(2016, 2017) including 6 New England finalists during this time span. The Pride also won a New England team title in 2005. Additionally, the team has won 7 Western New England titles and has produced numerous Western New England Champions.
The Pride competes against the top teams in New England throughout its dual meet season. Our success against New England teams is unmatched as we have amassed an outstanding dual meet record over the last 10 years. Along the way we have produced numerous Western New England champions and placewinners, many New England champions and placewinners, and several National placewinners (including Paul Mancuso who placed 2nd in 2006; more recently Chris Hattar 7th in 2013, Khaleed Exum-Strong 6th in 2016, and Jeff Thompson 7th in 2017). While Trinity-Pawling does have wrestlers who have wrestled before arriving at the school on the team, we also pride ourselves on the fact that many of our wrestlers (including many who have become champions at all levels) have never competed in the sport before walking into the TP wrestling room.
One of the program’s strengths has been the consistency of the coaching staff. Head Coach Bill Dunham arrived at Trinity-Pawling in 1996 after having been head coach at Canterbury School for 8 years. He assisted Dave Coratti for many years before becoming co-head coach and then taking the program over in 2002. In that span of time the Pride have crowned 35 individual Western New England Champions (the most of any team since 2002), 9 individual New England Champions, and 9 All-Americans. Coach Dunham has also served as an officer of the Western New England Wrestling Coaches’ Association for the majority of his 26 year coaching career.
Filling out the coaching staff, Ralph Fedele, who won several Western New England titles and a New England title (under Coach Coratti and Coach Dunham) and went on to wrestle 4 years at Trinity College. Since returning to the staff in 2014 the Pride have crowned 7 Western New England champions, 2 All-Americans, and 6 New England Finalists (1 champion).
Slade Mead, who currently is Trinity-Pawling's Director of College Counseling. In addition to his fine career as a wrestler at Taft, Coach Mead served as an assistant coach on several championship teams at Avon Old Farms and most recently has coached wrestling in Arizona. Pride wrestling works every day to be one of the best programs in New England.