A Martin Luther King Jr. Day high school wrestling meet Monday at Belfast Area High School was abruptly canceled after longtime Lion coach Ted Heroux collapsed and then was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Contacted Tuesday, Mark Babin, BAHS athletic director, stated Heroux remains at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, where he was taken Monday, and is “doing well.”

Heroux, a highly respected and well-known figure at BAHS, has been a coach with the Lion wrestling program 44 years. During Heroux’s involvement with the Lion wrestling program, the team has won six state Class B crowns and been second in the state four times.

On Monday, Bruce Mailloux, Regional School Unit 20 superintendent, confirmed Heroux had a “physical issue” at the meet, and that many in attendance, including the competing student-athletes, saw what happened.

Although not termed a heart attack by any of those who have spoken on the matter, indications from actions by rescue personnel at the scene is that Heroux’s “physical issue” involved his heart.

Mailloux said, after Heroux’s incident, the coach was given chest compressions, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was performed and a defibrillator was used.

Andrea Walker, who works in community relations at WCGH, said Heroux was admitted to the hospital Monday, but, on Monday, had no additional information on the coach’s condition.

Babin said Monday that emergency medical service personnel transported Heroux to the hospital within a few minutes of the incident. Babin said, as of Monday, that Heroux was in stable condition.

Belfast was hosting a quad-meet with Camden Hills of Rockport, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and Lincoln Academy of Newcastle.

Babin said Heroux suffered the “physical issue” at about 11:30 a.m. The incident occurred between the meet’s dual-matches. “Everything came to a standstill,” Babin said. The athletic director did not see Heroux collapse, but came into the gymnasium right after the incident had occurred.

Due to the incident at the wrestling meet, Mailloux said all other BAHS athletic events scheduled for Monday, Jan. 17 were postponed.

Other high school events scheduled for BAHS student-athletes for the day were: Belfast boys basketball at Winslow, Winslow girls basketball at Belfast and Camden Hills swimming at Belfast. All of those sporting events have been postponed.

“Everything has been canceled and our thoughts and prayers are with Teddy,” Babin said. “I know the athletic community is upset and our thoughts and prayers are with him.”

On Monday, Babin said plans for what to do next were on hold until BAHS officials hear from doctors on Heroux’s condition.

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