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School wrestling: Coaching legend Bena ready to rest

Duanesburg High School wrestling coach Joe Bena, instructs wrestler Robert Harper on a wrestling maneuver Wednesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Duanesburg High School wrestling coach Joe Bena, instructs wrestler Robert Harper on a wrestling maneuver Wednesday.
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When Joe Bena graduated fom Oswego State in 1964, coaching wrestling was not in his plans. Fifty years later, the longtime Niskayuna High and current Duanesburg coach has decided it’s time to step away from the sport. “The last few years, I tell myself that this is it,” said Bena, who has notified Duanesburg officials that he is retiring from coaching when the current season ends on March 1. “Then, the kids get me re-energized. ...

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