MSU Mourns Passing of Rummy Macias

MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota State Athletics community mourns the passing of Rometo “Rummy” Macias, who passed away this week at the age of 101. Macias was responsible for starting the Minnesota State wrestling program in 1950. He then coached the Mavericks for the next 38 years. A native of Davenport, Iowa, Macias guided MSU to NAIA national titles in 1958 and 1959 and an NCAA college division crown in 1965.

While coaching at Minnesota State University, Macias coached 19 individual national champions and 92 All-Americans. In addition to his two NAIA championship teams and one NCAA college championship team, other teams under his guidance placed 7-8-9-10-11 in Division I championships.

MSU Athletics named their new wrestling facility at the Taylor Sports Center at Minnesota State University the “Rummy Macias Wrestling Complex” on October 13, 2001. Rummy coached 145 wrestlers who went on to become head coaches in Minnesota High Schools.

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SDSU wrestlers head to Ohio for national events

GENEVA, Ohio — Sixteen South Dakota State wrestlers are expected to compete this weekend at the U20 World Team Trials and U23 U.S. Nationals.

Competition begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern Time (9 a.m. Central) at SPIRE Institute and concludes Sunday. Live video coverage of the event will be available through

Scheduled to compete as members of the Jackrabbit Wrestling Club by division are:

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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 →