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Bean talks about wrestling philosophy
RUMFORD -- There can be two sides to wrestling and Chris Bean has experienced both. However, the new varsity coach at Mountain Valley still believes that learning and executing the basics.
Bean and the Falcons have high expectations and plenty of shoes to fill. That’s because MV is the defending Class B state champions.
Bean has been around the mats for over four decades and has learned the finer points of the sport, initially as a wrestler and then under several coaches. This included serving the past decade as assistant to Gary Dolloff, who retired at the end of last season.
“I started for two years in 1983 and 1984 under coach (Jerry) Perkins and Doug Gilbert,” said Bean. “But then my work took me out of town until 1993. I would help coach junior high (when time permitted) and in 1994 with high school coach Steve Nokes. In 2000, I started getting paid as assistant.”
Over the years, Bean has developed four simple philosophies which he believes will help provide wrestlers with an edge. First is having respect for your parents, coaches, teammates, opponents, officials and everything else. A person is then less apt to take even the simplest things for granted and by becoming a hard worker.
Secondly, rams make champs, referring to the infamous run in the high school. Bean believes (physical) conditioning is so important because if you cheat the ramp, it will show on the mat.
“Chris was super dedicated wrestling for me and coaching for me,” said Perkins. “He is very knowledgeable in basics and knows what it takes to win.”
Bean believes a lot of the basics have been lost somewhere down the line because some kids are so wrapped up in the special move that they are missing some very basic and simple moves.
“There are some traits kids need to be successful,” said Bean, who is limited since neck surgery for III level disc fusions. “I think they have to be focused and not wrestle the name. Objective is to go out and work as hard as you can each and every time, never quit. If you lose, lose with class.”
As a freshman in 1978, Bean lacked experience and with nearly 50 other kids, it was tough. He listened and learned some very important things about being in proper starting position.
“My teammates taught me a lot of basics,” said Bean. “Because if you didn't do them right you could end up with a broken nose, as I did twice (state champions Kevin Cyr and Tom Hines). My sophomore year, at the beginning, I didn't make varsity I was so angry with myself I actually quit for one night of practice."
Bean quickly refocused and asked coach Perkins for another chance; required a week's worth extra ramps after practice. He realized having solid working partners in the hot room with brothers (two-time state champ) Fern and Rene Cayer, state champ John Dolloff and Lenny Dorian, would be assets. Rumford lost states that year to Sanford by a half point, but won the state meet in 1981. Bean and Mark Dolloff were co-captains the following season.