Sebastian Amato, Wesley Moreland Jr. to be honored by New Britain Sports Hall of Fame

Published on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:20
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This is the second in a multi-part series highlighting the newest members of the New Britain Sports Hall of Fame.

Sebastian “Sebby” Amato

Amato was one of the finest wrestlers to come out of the city of New Britain. He was a member of the outstanding wrestling teams at Pulaski that dominated the state in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Amato was a member of the 1979 and 1980 state championship teams. In 1979 he was the Class S runner-up and in 1980, his senior season, he was the Class S State Champion. He earned All-State honors in 1979 and 1980. After his great high school career he continued on to become an outstanding collegiate wrestler and coach. He wrestled collegiately at Western New England College for four years compiling a dual meet record of 65 wins, 26 defeats and four ties. Amato wrestled at 142 pounds and placed second in New England his sophomore year and first in New England his senior year. He qualified for the NCAA National Championship twice, one NAIA national tournament and the 1983 New England All-Star Meet. He served as team captain in 1983 and 1984. In 1986 he was named head wrestling coach at Trinity College where he spent the next 19 years, transforming the wrestling program into one of the finest in the region. He coached nine All-Americans and 11 Academic All-Americans. His 2000-01 team won the New England Championship, becoming the first person to win a New England Championship as head coach and as a wrestler. To this day, that has only been accomplished by one other person. The 2003-04 team was selected to represent New England in the Nation Duals Championship, a tournament that features the top 16 teams in the nation. That year, his team posted the best grade point average in the region and ninth best nationally. Amato was named the 2000-01 New England Wrestling Coach of the Year. He is a member of the Western New England University Hall Of Fame and a member of The New England Wrestling Association Hall Of Fame. In 2011, Amato was named the New England Wrestling Association Man of the Year.

Wesley Morehead Jr.

Morehead was one of the finest track and basketball stars to represent the city of New Britain and Pulaski High School and was an outstanding athlete at Pulaski. In 1964, his senior year, he led the basketball team to their best record at the time as they qualified for the state tournament. He was considered the best shot blocker and rebounder in the state, averaging 21-plus rebounds per game. After a victory over Amity, in 1964, headlines in the New Haven Register sports section read “Pulaski five brings high flying Amity down to earth 86-66, Morehead's board control paces attack.” He also gained notice throughout the state and New England for his excellence in track. He won two New England Championships in the triple jump and one New England Indoor Championship in the long jump. Morehead’s outstanding high school performances led to him receiving a basketball/track scholarship to New Mexico State University. His freshmen year, he was voted one of the top freshmen in the southwest. He played against the likes of Lew Alcindor, Elvin Hayes and Mel Daniels. In 1966-67, his team went undefeated in the WAC and was selected to play in the NCAA Tournament finishing third in the West Regional. He was well respected in the basketball community for his rebounding and shot blocking. Morehead was selected to play on Ernie Di Gregorio’s all-star team as well as playing in the prestigious New York Rucker League.

lines in the New Haven Register sports section read “Pulaski five brings high flying Amity down to earth 86-66, Morehead’s board control paces attack.”

He also gained notice throughout the state and New England for his excellence in track. He won two New England Championships in the triple jump and one New England Indoor Championship in the long jump. Morehead’s outstanding high school performances led to him receiving a basketball/track scholarship to New Mexico State University. His freshmen year, he was voted one of the top freshmen in the southwest. He played against the likes of Lew Alcindor, Elvin Hayes and Mel Daniels. In 1966-67, his team went undefeated in the WAC and was selected to play in the NCAA Tournament finishing third in the West Regional. He was well respected in the basketball community for his rebounding and shot blocking. Morehead was selected to play on Ernie Di Gregorio’s all-star team as well as playing in the prestigious New York Rucker League.

The Hall of Fame induction dinner is scheduled for May 7 at the General Ameglio Ballroom in New Britain. Tickets may be purchased from the New Britain Sports Hall of Fame Committee (P.O. Box 26, New Britain, CT), at Paradise Restaurant on East Street in New Britain, Berlin Spirits on Farmington Ave, the New Britain YMCA, Scotts Flowers on South Main Street, Marvy Floors or by contacting Joe Lombardo at 860-970-6364.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports, New Britain on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:20. Updated: Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:00.