Fuelling In: A lesson in perseverance

By: 
Dane Fuelling
Sports Editor

While doing my research for the article you are reading today about Denny Faurote’s adventure against a foreign opponent in today’s edition of the DDD, I was lucky enough to talk to eight different people who either wrestled or attended the meet. Perhaps the most interesting interview was with Tom Zupancic.
As I mentioned in the article, Zupancic was a successful wrestler for the Irish at Cathedral High School long before the 275-pound limit was implemented. After qualifying for state in 1972, Zupancic returned in 1973 and finished fourth. In his match for third place at Southport High School, which hosted the tournament, Zupancic fell to J.D. Minch of Mississinewa.
Tom went on to wrestle at what is now the University of Indianapolis and had a successful collegiate career. He set the career pin record with 35, which has only been exceeded by Tony Abbott and Wade Hall since.

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