Ruedy Twins Among State’s Best In 1960’s

The Hastings Star Gazette, March 23, 1989

In the long successful history of Hastings High School wrestling, there is one family name that sticks out like no other. The family is responsible for one-half of the school’s four state championships.

From the early- to mid-1960’s, twins Ron and Bob Ruedy dominated area and state wrestling competition like not many others had. Bob was a state champion at 103 pounds in 1964, and the following year Ron won the 95-pound state title. From 1962-65, the Ruedy twins combined to win more than 200 matches, while losing less than 10.

Being so close in experience, weight and physical talent made Ron and Bob ideal opponents for each other.  For obvious reason, colleges were very interested in the Ruedys. A few Division I programs came calling, as did numerous small schools. The schools did not want one or the other, they all wanted a package deal– both Bob and Ron. And St. Cloud State College was the eventual winner, getting both to attend the school in 1966.

While neither of them take to the wrestling mat anymore, they both maintain an avid interest in the sport. Bob is a member of the Hastings Wrestling Club, and attends Hastings wrestling matches regularly. Ron, meanwhile says he tries to keep on top of local wrestling news by reading the Hastings Star Gazette. Aside from the Hastings wrestling team, Ron is also interested in the smiley squad, where longtime friend Jim Short is head coach.

“I think wrestling is something that gets in your blood,” Ron says. “You may not be able to keep wrestling as you get older, but you still follow it.”