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North Haven hires coach for new wrestling program

Peter Tsperkas. has been hired as the first wrestling coach for North Haven. (Photo courtesy North Haven High School)

NORTH HAVEN, Sept. 29, 2022 – North Haven High is adding varsity wrestling to their athletic department in December and has announced the hiring of their first head coach, Peter Tsperkas, according to a news release distributed by the school on Thursday.

Tsperkas was previously the varsity coach at Stratford High from 2004-10 and Salem (Mass.) High from 1999-2004. At Stratford, he had winning records in five of seven seasons including a record of 18-9 in 2007.

For the past five years, Tsperkas has taught Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Soulcraft Martial Arts. Additionally, Pete has been a volunteer coach for Amity Youth Wrestling in Woodbridge and with North Haven Youth Football for the past four seasons.

Tsperkas is a middle school teacher in Stratford. He lives in North Haven with his wife and three children.

“We are very excited to have coach Tseperkas as North Haven’s first ever wrestling coach at North Haven High School,” said Steve Blumenthal, athletic director at North Haven in the news release. “Pete has the energy, enthusiasm and knowledge to get North Haven wrestling off the ground and have the program be competitive in the very near future.”

The newly-named Nighthawks will compete in the Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC).

As an athlete, Pete wrestled under the legendary Bob Skelton at Western New England University. In high school, Pete wrestled at top-ranked Rocky Point High School on Long Island, and was a two-time conference place winner and runner up. He was a multiple time state placewinner in New York for Greco-Roman and Freestyle at the youth and Cadet levels.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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