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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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 →

Short Time Wrestling Podcast – Coaching legend Rummy Macias turns 100

Rometo “Rummy” Macias wrestled at the University of Iowa in the 1940s. A two-time Big Ten champion, Macias finished second at the 1948 NCAA championships before starting the first wrestling team at what’s now known as Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota.

The Minnesota State family celebrated Macias’ birthday on October 17 as the diminutive dynamo celebrated his 100th trip around the sun. In attendance were Mavericks friends, fans and alumni and a number of his former wrestlers. This episode showcases the impact Macias had on the sport of wrestling, not just from a coaching perspective, but from a growth perspective as prior to Macias’ arrival in Minnesota, just over 30 high schools sponsored the sport. It wasn’t long after that over 300 sponsored it. Macias started the program at then Mankato State Teachers College in 1950 and coached there until 1988. He’s one of three coaches in program history.

You’ll hear from former athletes and friends as well as current head coach Jim Makovsky and Macias himself (although the last bit of audio is very hard to hear, so my apologies in advance).

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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 →

100th Birthday Celebration Set for Rummy Macias Oct. 17

Mankato, Minn. — An open house to celebrate the 100th birthday of Minnesota State wrestling legend Rummy Macias is set for Oct. 17 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Loose Moose in downtown Mankato.

Inducted into the Minnesota State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1982, Macias got the Maverick wrestling program started in 1950 and coached for 38 years until his retirement in 1988. The Davenport, Iowa native led MSU to three national titles (NAIA championships in 1958 and 1959 and an NCAA College Division title in 1965), eight Northern Intercollegiate Conference championships, and one North Central Conference title. One of the all-time winningest coaches in the history of college wrestling, his overall record with Minnesota State was 299-207-12.

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