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Special Education Teacher Follows Olympic Dream

New York’s Southern Tier will be represented this weekend at the Olympic trials for men’s wrestling. Enock Francois is a sixth grade special education teacher at Spencer-Van Etten Middle School in Tioga and Chemung Counties. He also trains with Cornell University’s Division I team. Before training there, Francois’ plans almost crumbled when the International Olympic Committee temporarily voted wrestling out of the games. He says he was ready to move on. “When you’re getting something you love stripped away from you, it’s disheartening, but there’s more to life than that.