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Brockport Dual / Matt Leach:
Brockport, Pittsford wrestling teams to honor late assistant coach Leach on Thursday night
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 2, 2013
Brockport, Pittsford wrestling teams to honor late assistant coach Leach on Thursday night
James Johnson • Staff writer • January 2, 2013

“Senior Night” for the Pittsford wrestling team could have came and went in mid-December.

The Panthers instead, said they wanted to hold off and hold their send-off on the other side of Monroe County, in Brockport.

There they want to acknowledge the link between the Monroe County teams represented by the late Matt Leach, whose days as an assistant high school wrestling coach began in Brockport and continued during the last three years with the Pittsford combined district team. Mr. Leach died at the age of 37 in July, after an accidental shooting.
Matt Leach and Jason Bovenzi
Matt Leach, on the left, coached with Pittsford's Jason Bovenzi the last three high school wrestling seasons. Leach was a Section V and Monroe County champion during his senior year at Brockport. PROVIDED PHOTO

Brockport coach Mike Ferris and Pittsford coach Jason Bovenzi agreed to schedule a non-league dual meet on Jan. 3 at Brockport’s A.D. Oliver Middle School that includes tributes to Leach, a 1992 Brockport graduate.

Senior captains from both teams plan to present flowers to Leach’s mother and wife. Proceeds from admission tickets, memorial t-shirt sales at the meet and donations go into the scholarship fund established in Leach’s name.

All fans are asked to wear black, as a nod to Leach’s coaching contributions to Pittsford, Brockport and Greece Athena. The color also often was Leach’s choice for his wardrobe during wrestling events.

Brockport annually has two non-league meets.

“We’re going to use this as one of those every year,” Ferris said.

Next year’s Matt Leach Memorial Dual takes place in Pittsford..

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