Wrestling captains

North Providence senior tri-captains Miguel Santana, left, Micah Soe, center, and William Soe show off the medals they received for placing in the top four in their weight classes at the RIIL Wrestling Championships that took place last weekend at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – It’s been nine years since North Providence High head wrestling coach Richard Torti last stenciled one of his wrestler’s names onto the blue background on the wall of “The Pit” – the high school’s wrestling-only gym – that’s reserved for the dozen wrestlers that have won state championships in their weight classes over the past 45 years.

Torti joked how “it took forever” to stencil the name of the last state champion, 195-pound wrestler Sebastian Dziadkiewicz, after the 2013-14 season, and if the Cougars’ best bet to step atop the podium this season, senior 106-pound tri-captain William Soe, was able to end NP’s title drought, how easy it would be to etch his name among the program’s greats.

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