By MIKE NESTER

After four years in the works that included two postponements due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Savanna High School's wrestling program will finally get to celebrate with a reunion this Friday, June 17, at Majestic Pines, formerly Buck's Barn.

The event is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. and includes food and a cash bar. The cost is $20 per person and everyone is invited; no invitations were sent.

The idea for a wrestling reunion came together in 2019 when four former SHS wrestlers took a fishing trip to northern Wisconsin — Mike Kurth, Chuck Dannels, Pat Evans and Rick Morfey.

"Sitting around the campfire we threw around ideas of honoring coach (Charlie) Anderson, coach (Bill) Wright and the great legacy of the Savanna wrestling program," Morfey told the Times Journal. "We returned to Savanna on Friday and hit the Firemen's Ball and ran into Steve Ramirez and tossed the idea to him and it was all on from there."

The group then recruited Deb (Anderson) Cusack to get her input on the idea and she was excited about it. They added Mike Kurth, his wife Mary, Steve Ramirez, Pat Johnson, and Morefy, and got together on a few occasions to start the planning.

"These were the main people involved in the planning of the event," Morfey said. "We did have input from a few other former wrestlers and cheer leaders, along with (WCCI’s) Brian Reusch at different times."

"We all had input in a keepsake program, but Mike and Mary Kurth did the most research and the actual printing of the program," said Morfey. "The program starts back in 1939 when wrestling first started in Savanna and will have pictures and stories from every year."

There will be lots of pictures, memorabilia and scrapbook memories on display to transport those attending the reunion back in time.

"We will have the state championship trophies on display along with dual meet stats from the late 50's to late 80's," Morfey said of some of the memorabilia on hand. "I think a lot the ex-wrestlers will get a kick out of looking back to see who they wrestled and the score of that match."

There will also be memory boards, a DVD, old warm ups and Charlie's Angels vests.

"We were originally planning on having a few speakers at the 2020 event, but since then have decided to just make it a casual affair," Morfey said of the reunion. "So far the response has been wonderful. As of right now we have 160 tickets sold with more people planning on paying at the door. I am figuring close to 200 plus people showing up for the event. All in all we are excited to finally get this together and look forward to a wonderful turn out."

Tickets are available at the door or by contacting Morfey at J.C. Carey Motors.