MASON — A local high school wrestling coach dedicated the school’ wrestling building in memory of a past team member.
Wahama High School wrestling coach Ryan Russell held a special dedication for his past wrestling team member Randall Robie. An intimate group gathered including Robie’s aunt Erica Smith and uncle Chris Smith for the dedication.
According to Russell, Robie was passionate about wrestling. Robie qualified for wrestling state finals his junior and senior year. He graduated from Wahama High School in 2014 and went on to wrestle at a college level. Robie left college and returned to his alma mater to help out his former wrestling coach. Last year, on Oct. 31, Robie lost his life at 20 years old.
Speaking of Robie is a soft spot for Russell, he says Robie was, “like a little brother to him,” and shared how deeply he cares for all of his past and present wrestling team members.
Starting in November of last year Russell began raising money for a sign in dedication to the memory of Robie and decals to have put up in recognition of students who qualify for state finals. Russell said he is, “very appreciative,” of the support he received from principal Kenny Bond, the members of the school board, and sponsors. City National Bank, Murlin Hartley, Art Hartley Sr., Brinker Machine LLC, Richard Lockhart, and Phil Serevicz all aided in the purchase of the $50 “Randall Robie Memorial Wrestling Building” sign placed above the entrance of the wrestling building and the $125 a piece decals designed by JJ Decals inside the wrestling building providing recognition to state qualifying wrestlers.
Coaches Ryan Phillips, Phil Serevicz, and Lee Herdman are impressed with their team for the 2017-2018 wrestling season. The team is the largest it has ever been by having 12 members and for the first time ever they have two female wrestlers. The coaches foresee a state qualifying season.
The Wahama High school wrestling team will be handing out raffle tickets for their current fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at Mason Walmart.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.