SHS wrestler is honored

Ron Wasoba, a 1973 Savanna High School graduate where he was a standout grappler on the Indians’ wrestling team, recently was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Iowa Chapter.

Former Savanna Indians’ wrestler Ron Wasoba has been inducted into the National Hall of Fame Iowa Chapter Wrestling Hall of Fame.

A Savanna High School graduate with the Class of 1973, Wasoba moved to Humboldt, Iowa, in 1977, and his contributions to Humboldt wrestling spanned over four decades.

Wasoba was among five others inducted at an Oct. 30 ceremony at the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association annual convention. High school classmate Val Gunnarsson of Savanna attended the event.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Wasoba said in an Iowa newspaper interview. “It’s the pinnacle of my wrestling career. It’s a wonderful feeling and a great tribute to Humboldt and all the people who have helped me along the way.”

Added Wasoba, “From 1977 to 2019, I got to see an awful lot of great wrestling and I was fortunate enough to have a coach in high school who was named Charlie Anderson who is a Hall of Famer in Illinois. I got to work with Joe Fitch in Humboldt who also was a hall of famer.”

Wasoba has recently learned that he is going to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla.

Wasoba was an assistant wrestling coach at Humboldt from 1979 to 1986 when he became head coach. He held that position until 1999 when he stepped down to take over a guidance program in the school district.

Wasoba’s won-loss dual record in that span was 123-41-2. In 1992 he led his team to the Class 2A state dual team championship. His 1995 and 1996 teams placed third in the state duals. In 1998 Humboldt finished third in the traditional state tournament.

Wasoba had five individual state champions, two runners-up and three third-place finishers.

He and his wife, Pat, have three grown children and four grandchildren.