The Maine Amateur Wrestling Association will induct three deserving contributors to its Hall of Fame ranks Saturday, Aug. 18 at Hyde School in Bath.

Among those three is former Belfast Area High School wrestling standout — and longtime coach and administrator — Terry Devereaux.

Devereaux, along with David Giroux of Rumford High School and Christopher Smith of Deering High School, will be inducted Saturday.

"Being inducted into the MAWA Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor,” said Devereaux. “I got involved with wrestling in eighth grade mainly because Ted Heroux asked me to try out. Ted was a tough guy to say no to and so I joined the team. I struggled early on, but eventually started having success and grew to love the sport.  I'm still involved 44 years later.”

A 1979 Belfast Area High School graduate, Devereaux was a four-year starter for the Lions, a two-time Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team selection, a regional champion as a senior and was a runner-up in the New England’s.

He also finished sixth at AAU junior nationals, third and the Canadian junior nationals and second in the USAW Northeast Regionals during various campaigns.

“AAU was the national governing body for amateur wrestling at the time and this was the equivalent of today's USA Wrestling Nationals held in Fargo,” he said. “I was the first Belfast wrestler to place at the national level.”

He was also a varsity letterman for Division I Old Dominion University.

In the past, he was the head wrestling coach at Winslow High School for one year (2014) and at Cony High School for nine years (‘97-’94, ‘98-’00) and has also been an assistant coach at Cony, Gardiner High School and Erskine Academy of South China. In addition, he was a two-time KVAC coach of the year and once named Person of the Year for Maine in 2007 for Wrestling USA Magazine.

In addition to his highlights as a grappler and coach, he also made a name for himself as an administrator in various capacities.

He was the site director for the first state wrestling tournament to combine all three classes in 2001, was instrumental in starting the MAWA All-Star Tournament from 2009-2011 and, since 2000, has acted as the director for numerous tournaments throughout Maine, including conference and regional events held by the Maine Principals’ Association.

Devereaux said “Wrestling is a unique sport and can teach tremendous lessons to young people,” as it teaches “The value of hard work, perseverance and self-reliance among them.”