After being transferred Tuesday to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor from Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, longtime Belfast Area High School wrestling coach Ted Heroux is “doing really well” in his recovery from a Jan. 17 “physical issue” that occurred at a regular-season meet at the school.

Lion assistant wrestling coach Neal Wood said Wednesday Heroux is “doing really well.”

A spokesperson at EMMC declined to comment on Heroux’s condition, saying no information was available.

Although it has not been confirmed, rescue procedures following Heroux’s “physical issue” point to a heart-related incident. Bruce Mailloux, Regional School Unit 20 superintendent, said after Heroux’s collapse, the coach was given chest compressions, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was performed and a defibrillator was used.

Heroux has coached the Belfast wrestling team for 44 years and has helped coach the squad to six state Class B championships, the most recent coming in back-to-back seasons in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

At Monday’s five-team regular-season meet at Belfast, which featured teams from Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield, Noble of Berwick, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle and Camden Hills, the Lions had just completed their dual-match with the Huskies and were about to begin their dual-match with the Knights when Heroux collapsed.

“We had only wrestled one match,” said Wood. “We were in the second round of the day and he and I were just conversing waiting for our next match to start and [that’s] when he collapsed.”

The meet was abruptly canceled and will not be made up.

Wood said that the Lion wrestling squad practiced Tuesday and the student-athletes currently are preparing for the team’s upcoming meet at Skowhegan on Saturday, Jan. 22.

“They’re all doing fine,” said Wood of the young Lion wrestlers following the traumatic incident. “I reassured them that he’s fine and everything’s going to be fine. It’s business as usual for us [at practice], which is the way he’d like it.”

Wood has not been to EMMC, but has been in contact with Heroux daily since Monday’s collapse. Wood said he expects Heroux to make a full recovery, but is unsure if he will return to coaching this season.

“There will likely be some recovery time [for him], so I don’t know at what capacity he’ll be back with us,” Wood said.

The Belfast wrestling team currently is undefeated in the dual-meet portion of its season.

Following the incident at the school Jan. 17, all other Belfast athletic events for that day were postponed, with boys and girls basketball games against Winslow moved to Thursday, Jan. 27, and the swim meet with Camden Hills pushed to Wednesday, Feb. 2.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.