Iowa, Minnesota State legend celebrates 100th birthday

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) – Wrestling is in Rometo “Rummy” Macias’ blood. The Davenport, Iowa, native, who was labeled undersized in high school, wouldn’t let anything stop him from competing in the sport he loves.

As a competitor, Macias placed third in the state tournament in 1940 at 105 pounds, and after serving during World War II, he went to the University of Iowa where he was a two-time Big Ten champion. He placed third in the National AAU in 1945 and 1946 while placing third at 125.5 pounds in the NCAA tournament in 1948.

Macias went on to be an assistant with the Iowa Hawkeyes before founding the Minnesota State wrestling program in 1950. View/continue reading at →

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