By Don Seeley
EXETER TOWNSHIP — Wrestling six minutes nowadays would seem like a stroll down easy street for Mike Baccaro.
in sixth grade, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes; three years
later, he fell and separated his shoulder, chipped his clavicle, and
broke his humerus; and a year after that, he lost 26 matches as a
152-pound sophomore in Methacton’s lineup.
To say he’s endured his share of adversity would be an understatement.
Baccaro has recovered from the incident that nearly shattered his
shoulder; has worked relentlessly in and out of the weight room to add
strength and bulk; labored long in the practice room to improve and
refine his wrestling repertoire; and each and every day, injects himself
with insulin three times a day to control the diabetes.
a perfect 5-for-5 — or five pins in five bouts — during Saturday’s
grueling Blue and White Duals at Exeter High School, 195-pound Beccaro
has firmly established himself as one of the premier upperweights in the
Pioneer Athletic Conference and, perhaps, throughout District 1.
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