Wrestling to Join Mount Saint Charles Academy’s Sports Lineup

Middle school and high school wrestling programs to begin in the fall of 2024

Mount Saint Charles Academy is thrilled to announce the launch of new middle school and high school wrestling programs. This is a brand new program for the school, and it will be coached by Damian Perrotta. Perrotta joined Mount’s faculty in the fall of 2023 as a physical education instructor.

“We’re in a state of growth,” said Alan Tenreiro, Mount’s president. “We’ve always expanded opportunities in our one hundred year history, and the addition of wrestling programs is the perfect addition to our mission to educate the whole child.”

While Mount Saint Charles has offered opportunities to compete in a wide variety of sports through their history, wrestling has not been one of those until now. Wrestling is a co-ed sport, with student-athletes competing by weight class. Mount’s wrestling team will be a no-cut sport and every student will be able to participate at the middle school and high school levels.

“Wrestling has so many benefits that go beyond sports,” said Perrotta. “Wrestlers learn so much about themselves while they are practicing and competing, and Mounties will gain a great deal from the sport – resilience, grit, and the ability to plan ahead while adjusting on the fly. These things serve kids well beyond school.”

Over the next year, Mount Saint Charles will invest in equipment to prepare for the new sport starting in the winter 2024 season. This will initially include wrestling mats for practice and competition, uniforms, and other equipment. In the future, Mount has plans to incorporate a dedicated wrestling space into the facility.

The sport of wrestling has always enjoyed national popularity. During the 2021–22 school year, wrestling was the sixth-most popular high school sport for boys with 231,874 participants at 10,797 schools nationwide. In addition, there were 31,654 girls who participated in wrestling at 4,802 schools that same year.

New England follows this trend. “New England, and specifically this area of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, has a tremendous amount of talent and support for the sport of wrestling,” Perrotta remarked. “Adding this sport is a natural fit for us.”

Perrotta has a long history of both wrestling and coaching competitively. Since 2018, he has been an assistant wrestling coach at Woonsocket High School, and prior to that he coached in both Lincoln and in Wickford. Both of his grandfathers were all-state wrestlers, and in high school, he was the captain of LaSalle Academy’s wrestling team, finishing sixth in the state championships in the 170 lb division. Perrotta earned his bachelor degree in exercise science and followed that with a Masters of Art in Education, both from the University of Rhode Island.