Legendary MSU wrestling coach Macias dies at 102

The adjectives are numerous — legendary, trailblazer, teacher, coach, champion.

They all apply to former Minnesota State University wrestling coach Rometo “Rummy” Macias, who passed away Monday in Florida at the age of 102.

He is remembered as an affable, loquacious, larger-than-life man who was a pioneer of collegiate wrestling.

Macias founded the MSU wrestling program in 1950 and coached for 38 years. During his tenure, he led MSU to three national championships and nine conference titles.

Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was the number of wrestlers who turned around and gave back to the sport. At least 145 of his wrestling graduates became high school or collegiate coaches in Minnesota and throughout the country. Continue reading at mankatofreepress.com →

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