Plymouth wrestler Vincent Renault joins USMMA Athletic Hall of Fame

PLYMOUTH — He returned to the sport a little later than most, but amateur wrestling competition continues to be a great choice for Vincent Renault. A member of the Plymouth Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the Massachusetts High School Wrestling Hall of Fame, Renault will add another sporting honor this month when he is inducted into the US Merchant Marine Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.

“I started wrestling late when I learned it in eighth grade, but wrestling has always been my sport ever since,” Renault said, revealing Dan Gable’s famous quote that once you’ve wrestled, everything else is easy. . “I still 100% use the lessons I learned from those years of struggle in my normal life. Wrestling taught me so much about perseverance, setting a goal, and working hard to get there.

According to former Plymouth South Wrestling head coach Marc Loranger, Renault’s work ethic was evident every time he stepped onto the mat.

“You can almost never say a wrestler is an automatic win, but Vinnie was as close to that as I’ve ever gotten on the program,” Loranger said in a 2020 Renault post. rose to any challenge. was put in front of him and that made him better. It was amazing to see the way he dominated some good wrestlers in his junior and senior years. He could very well be the best high school wrestler I’ve ever seen come out of this area.

While wrestling is often seen as an individual sport, Renault has a different take on it.

“There were so many people who played a huge role in everything I’ve achieved as a wrestler. No one can do it alone. My stepfather, John O’Connor, is the one who got me there. introduced to the sport of wrestling. My dad, Jeff Renault, drove me everywhere every week for extra wrestling training, and then my mom Caroline O’Conner was always my biggest fan as well as my dietician” during the years when he was struggling, Renault said. “Then you have all the work Coach Loranger and his team did with me at Plymouth South and all the coaches at King’s Point who helped me become NCAA champion. So many people were involved in everything success I’ve had.

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Starting at 119lbs and eventually working his way up to the 152lb weight class, the 2007 graduate holds the Plymouth South career record for wins (157), many of which come by pin. He is a two-time New England champion and was undefeated in his junior and senior seasons until finally losing at the National Wrestling Championships in high school.

Plymouth native Vincent Renault will be inducted into the United States Merchant Marine Academy Athletics Hall of Fame later this month.

“Having the opportunity to wrestle at nationals was a real eye-opener for me. The level of wrestling in some other parts of the country is really intense,” Renault recalled.

That experience helped him into the USMMA where he was a two-time All-American, a three-time conference champion, and won the NCAA Div. Championship III at 165 pounds his junior year despite dislocating a finger in the title match. “The intensity and physicality of college wrestling was on a much higher level than what I saw in high school. Every match I wrestled in college, I had to get on the mat and work.

Renault, 34, will be officially inducted into the USMMA Hall of Fame on September 16. He works as a financial planner on Cape Cod and lives in Plymouth with his wife Ryann. They have two young boys: Vincent and Dawson.

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“They’re both already obsessed with wrestling,” Renault said of his son’s passion for the sport. “I won’t push them into wrestling, but if they want to, I won’t stop them.”

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Robert J. King