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Brendan Benoit, Pembroke wrestlers focused on challenge of Division 2

Pembroke High School senior wrestler Ian Horkan (left) and junior teammate Brendan Benoit.
Pembroke High School senior wrestler Ian Horkan (left) and junior teammate Brendan Benoit. Credit: Peter Cappiello for The Boston Globe

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As a freshman at Pembroke High, Brendan Benoit was an immediate factor on the mat, placing third at the Division 3 South Sectional meet. Competing at 182 pounds, he was also beating Division 2 foes at the varsity level.

He was a favorite to capture a state title a year ago, as a sophomore, but his work in the classroom was not as impressive, and he was academically ineligible for the last month of the season, including the tournaments.

“I was really sad about that,” said Benoit, the regret very clear in his voice.

And now, at 6-feet-4 and a bulked up 200 pounds, he is determined, and poised to make an immediate impact for the Titans this winter after maintaining a rigorous training schedule that included travel tourneys.

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