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Former Avon High wrestling coach Ken Lukasiewicz has died

Ken Lukasiewicz, who coached the Avon High wrestling team for seven years and won three state championships has died at the age of 80.

Kenneth M. Lukasiewicz, who coached the Avon High wrestling team for seven seasons and led them to three consecutive Class S state championships from 1993-95, died on May 23 at the age of 80.

Lukasiewicz was the assistant coach with the Avon High wrestling team for 10 years before taking over the head coaching duties in December 1990. His Falcons won four straight North Central Connecticut Conference championships (1991-94) and finished in the top five of the Class S tournament six times in seven seasons.

His 1994 Falcon team beat Rocky Hill by 3½ points and St. Bernard by 5½ points in the closest Class S tournament at that time. And the next season, Avon beat Canton for the state title a week after Canton had beaten Avon for the NCCC championship for the first time.

Lukasiewicz taught English and coached football and wrestling at Avon High for over 30 years. He was the fourth head coach in the program’s history and had a dual meet record of 94-44-1. He was the assistant coach under Bill Riccio for nine years when the Falcons won nine straight conference titles, five Class S championships and had an undefeated season in 1987 (16-0).

Lukasiewicz grew up in Bristol and graduated from Bristol Eastern High. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War.

Calling hours will be Thursday, June 8, from 4-7 p.m. at Carmon Funeral Home and Family Center in Avon.

Obituary, Ken Lukasiewicz

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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