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Tuesday, April 23, 1991

OBIT: John Michael Caramihalis, Sr


Birth: 1930
Sanford
York County
Maine, USA
Death: Apr.23, 1991
Springvale
York County
Maine, USA
SANFORD NEWS
Tuesday, April 23, 1991

Caramihalis Leaves Behind A Legacy, Many Friends
by Paul M. Dest

SPRINGVALE – John M. Caramihalis Sr. was known statewide as the ‘Father of Maine School Boy Wrestling', a designation well earned. In Sanford and Springvale, he was also known as a good husband and father who was dedicated to his community.

Last week, Caramihalis died unexpectedly at age 61, leaving behind many friends and a wrestling legacy that will live on for years.

"He's not somebody you leave very easily behind", said Dr., Paul Derboven of Dover, NH, a long time friend of John Caramihalis. "He's not someone you forget".

"When you needed a friend he was always there," said Ralph H. Ross of Sanford, who has known Caramihalis for 30 years. "He was a good husband, a good father, a good citizen".

A man with multiple talents and interests, Caramihalis was best known in Sanford and throughout northern New England for his love of wrestling. He coached, taught, refereed, and promoted the sport with a passion. "It was his hobby more than his job," said Richard Faulkner of Sanford, who has Sanford High's wrestling team for a combined seven years. "He was always interested in the sport. He was always there to help with the program and was the stabilizing influence. He will be sorely missed".

"He was a great promoter of wrestling," said Keith Kalman of Sanford, a former Sanford High wrestling coach who was on Caramihalis' team that won the New England championships in 1964. "He put wrestling on the map".

From 1958 to 1985, Caramihalis coached wrestling teams in Maine, and during that time won eight state championships.

Caramihalis was also a wrestling coach at the former Nasson College and was an official at the U. S. Olympic trials in New York in 1964. In recognition of his dedication to the sport, the Maine State Legislature in 1985 recognized him as the ‘Father of School Boy Wrestling in Maine'. Further honors came when he was the first person inducted into the Maine Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Caramihalis' road to wrestling fame and his other accomplishments began in Sanford. Born the son of Michael J. and Anne Seferlis Caramihalis, John M. Caramihalis graduated from Sanford High School in 1949. He went on to get a bachelor's degree from Springfield College in Springfield, MA in 1953 and a master's from Boston University in 1958. From 1953 to 1955 he served in the Army during the Korean War.

After a brief teaching post at Edward Little High School in Auburn, he returned to Springvale to teach physical education at Sanford High. He also started the first high school wrestling program in Maine.

Ralph Ross of Sanford, a retired district court judge, met Caramihalis after Ross' wife Irene took a driver's education course from him in the early 1960s. John and his wife Kay Pappamihiel Caramihalis established a friendship with the Rosses, and the two couples would do many things together.

Among his many other interests, Ross and Caramihalis enjoyed traveling. The couples took trips to Rome, Greece, Canada and Florida together. Ross said they spent many Friday evenings at each other's homes.

"John enjoyed life to the nth degree," said Ross.

"He enjoyed life tremendously," added Derboven, noting that Caramihalis particularly loved the outdoors. Caramihalis hunted, fished and gardened, hiked and was a member of the venerable Springvale Fish and Game Club. This weekend, "we were supposed to spend a couple hours walking in the woods in Shapleigh," said Derboven.

Caramihalis was not afraid to pursue new interest. In his mid-30s he went back to school in 1965 to get an advanced degree from Duke University in North Carolina I physical therapy. He subsequently helped establish the first physical therapy department at H. D. Goodall Hospital and Hillcrest Manor.

In 1973, he began a new venture when he and his wife established Park View Homes for the Elderly in Sanford. He served as president and was active in the business until his unexpected death last week.

Over the years, Caramihalis served on the school board, was active in community events such as fishing derbies and taught and coached football, baseball and basketball.

Despite all his interest, Caramihalis was first a family man. "He was a great father," said his son John M. Jr. of Shapleigh, "and he loved to spend time with his grandchildren".

Ross, who saw Caramihalis the evening before he died, was ‘shocked' when he heard the news. "I couldn't believe it. He was in very good spirits".

Although he is gone, town sports will continue to benefit from Caramihalis' efforts.

Kalman said the work of Caramihalis helped Sanford teams even after he left coaching. "The tradition that he built will continue," said Kalman.

Once again this year, Sanford High School, which has won more wrestling championships than any other school in Maine, took the state title at a tournament held in Sanford. John M. Caramihalis Sr. was in the stand that day watching.

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John M. Caramihalis is survived by his mother and his wife of 40 years; a son, John M. Jr. of Shapleigh; four daughters, Mrs. Gordon (Ann) Cutten of Shapleigh, Mrs. John (Jae) Simonds of Springvale, Mrs. T. J. (Joanne) Metz of Alfred and Mrs. John (Marcia) Pitcher of Newfield; and nine grandchildren, Catherine Caramihalis, Selena Caramihalis, Alexis Cutten, Richard Cutten, Deirdre Cutten, Christina Simonds, Jessica Metz, Thomas Metz and Sally Pitcher.

Saturday, February 9, 1991

HIGH SCHOOL: STATE MEET 1991 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

WeightClsChampion2nd3rd4th
103AChris Zaharas
Bonny Eagle (10-0)
San Bo
Sanford
Royce Wilcox
Mt Blue (5-2)
Dave Richard
Westbrook
BJeremy Desjardins
Fort Kent (1:32)
Jason Brickett
Wells
Justin Hopkins
Camden(2:28)
Tony Daigle
Mt. View
CCorey Harper
Pen. Valley (?)
Matt Wetland
M.C.I.
Chris Dyke
Dirigo (?)
Steve Jasper
Wiscasset
112AJosh Woodward
Sanford (5-0)
Alex Boisvert
Noble
Keith Laney
Cony (2-0)
James Hamilton
Massabesic
BRiley Maguire
Bucksport (9-3)
Jason Overlock
Winslow
Eric Austin
Mtn Valley (13-2)
Duane Frellino
Bucksport
CKeith St. Laurent
Dirigo
Eric Martin
Madawaska
Tim O'Neil
Mattanawcook (?)
Ken Cookson
Penobscot Valley
119ABrian Corey
Portland (7-6)
Nat Bo
Sanford
Kurt McCollett
Gardiner (4-3)
Mike Bernard
Nokomis
BKeith Sirois
Fryeburg  (3-2)
Ian Putansu
Camden
Ryan Hicks
Gorham (9-4)
Brian Jacques
Marshwood
CGunnar Bradbury
Dirigo 
Scott Tolman
Mattanawcook
Adam Tash
Pen. Valley (?)
Andy Coorey
Limestone
125ATony Stevens
Oxford Hills (2:53)
Brett Merrick
Noble
Rob Pinkham
Westbrook (4-3)
Ben Seekins
Kennebunk
BChris Wellman
Camden(5-3)
Corey Bennett
Bucksport
Don Demers
Winslow (4-3)
Matt Curtis
Belfast
CShane Child
Dirigo 
Chad Ballard
Limestone
Matt Landry
M.C.I. 
Tom Abello
Wiscasset
130AChris Kleeman
Kennebunk (10-2)
Keith Dudley
Portland
Ryan Kalman
Sanford (4-2)
John St. Peter
Caribou
BShawn Gross
Bucksport (7-1)
Matt Stelzer
Lincoln 
Dave Callahan
Belfast (7-2)
Justin Ray
Camden
CKenny Duncan
Wiscasset (?)
Paul Evans
Limestone
Nate Gaudin
Dirigo (?)
Matt Langley
Penobscot 
135AKeith Nile
Mt Blue (8-5)
Randy Yoho
Biddeford
Ken Winegardner
Bonny Eagle (12-8)
Joel Risbara
Deering
BDan Fox
Fryeburg  (4:22)
Arthur Maguire
Bucksport
Mike Daigneault
Winslow (6-2)
Kevin Pelletier
Medomak 
CJon Stevens
Wiscasset 
Jeff Graves
Traip 
Tyler Waring
Hyde 
Brian Lufkin
Dirigo
140AMike Allen
Massabesic (18-1)
Shelby Luggi
Kennebunk
Mike Connor
Morse (15-2)
Joel Anderson
Bonny Eagle
BAaron Fox
Belfast (5-3)
Stan Rintz
Medomak 
Tim Pratt
Foxcroft  (9-1)
Kevin Moriarty
Marshwood
CScott Tash
Mattanawcook
Dale Edgecomb
Limestone
T.J. Langerak
Pen. Valley
Walter Plugge
M.C.I.
145AAndy Reynolds
Biddeford (4-1)
Jeff Worster
Oxford Hills
Aaron Moore
Skowhegan (5-0)
Matt Shield
Cony
BAndy Hill
Bucksport (4-2)
Jason Hussey
Winslow
Dwayne Bryant
Belfast 
Corey Grogan
Marshwood
CJeff Dumas
Traip 
Matt Carter
Boothbay
Tom Murdock
Dexter 
Mike McMahon
Penobscot 
152ABrian Walsh
Westbrook (15-0)
Larry Matthews
Kennebunk
Nate Platt
Mt Blue (5-0)
Terry Eaton
Massabesic
BKen Booth
Wells (6-1)
Bill Dann
Ellsworth
Bruce WinchenbachMedomak  (4:34)Robbie Earl
Lisbon
CChris Martin
Madawaska 
Jeff Hayward
Wiscasset
Jason Varney
Traip 
Sean Wilber
Dexter
160AJeff Seguin
Kennebunk (9-5 OT)
Jason Beaupre
Caribou
Nick Napolitano
Portland (5-0)
Steve McGonagle
Deering
BAndy Jankovitch
Med. Valley (6-4)
Eric Powers
Camden-Rockport
Stan Farrell
Winslow (3:12)
Todd Donhauser
Marshwood
CBrien Corriveau
Pen. Valley (?)
Dave Tamburello
Limestone
Larry Dennis
Traip 
Kevin Webber
Desxter
171AJayson Stewart
Bonny Eagle (2:28)
Angus McDuffie
Deering
Ralph Nappo
Caribou (9-7)
Steve Perkins
Sanford
BRoger Ewer
Foxcroft  (15-2)
Patrick Vigue
Winslow
Pierre Plourde
Fort Kent (2:10)
Ben Farrington
Marshwood
CEric Kennedy
M.C.I. 
Will Brown
John Bapst
Tom Van Buren
Mattanawcook (?)
Chris Gudroe
Dexter
189ADon Billings
Oxford Hills (3-3 OT)
Ian Bresnahan
Morse
Doug Crouse
Presque Isle 

(11-10)
Larry Mancini
Deering
BKyle Dinsmore
Mtn Valley (0:51)
Ben Farrington
Gorham
Nathan MillerMedomak  (3:48)Steve Rich
Bucksport
CAndy Harding
Pen. Valley (?)
Jeff Beal
Wiscasset
Jason Beers
Traip  (?)
Gabe Cologne
Hyde 
275AMike DeMarsh
Mt Blue (5-1)
Neal Jacunski
Morse
Rick Stack
Westbrook (2:10)
Craig Durocher
Sanford
BAshley Sawyer
Camden-Rockport (8-7)
Chris Bragdon
Foxcroft 
Robert Souza
Medomak 
Reg Leonard
Fryeburg 
CAndy Boucher
Dirigo
Heath Kinney
Mattanawcook
Blake Langley
Pen. Valley (?)
Corey Tibbetts
Boothbay

Team Results
ClassABC
ChampionKennebunk/
Sanford
Camden-Rockport/
Medomak 
Penobscot Valley
2ndDirigo
3rdBonny EagleBucksport