Rometo “Rummy” Macias

2004 Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee

Many times the word “legend” is thrown about far too easily but to refer to Rometo “Rummy” Macias as a coaching legend would be a gross understatement. A Minnesota sports writer called Macias “The Vince Lombardi of Minnesota Wrestling.”

Rummy distinguished himself during his 38 years at Minnesota State University at Mankato with a long list of awards and titles. His college dual meet record is 317-185 while going against the top wrestling college in the nation.

While coaching at Minnesota State University, Macias coached 19 individual national champions, 92 All-Americans, 2 NAIA championship teams, one NCAA college championship team while others teams placed 7-8-9-10-11 in Division I championships.

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

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.

So devoted to his sport Rummy came out of retirement after moving to Florida where he, at age 78, was coaching Newman High School wrestlers while still getting down on the mat and working on technique. The Florida wrestlers he coached also readily admitted that none would wrestle with the legend because none of them had the nerve to try. He also continued officiating in Florida at 78.

Rummy was inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame 2004 with Dr. Norman Borlaug and was introduced at the ceremonies by Jack Eustice.

Additional Honors & Achievements
  • Inducted into 13 Halls of Fame
  • Only coach to hold presidencies in the NAIA, NCAA College and the National Wrestling Coaches Association
  • Served on National Wrestling coaches Executive Committee for 12 years
  • Author of two wrestling books
Rometo “Rummy” Macias Featured Photo
High School
Davenport High

CoachJohn Johnson


  • 3rd at 105 pounds 1940

University of Iowa

CoachMike Howard


  • NCAA runner-up 1948
  • 1945 3rd in National AAU
  • 1946 3rd in National AAU