June 9, 2008

Ricky Bonomo Inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

STILLWATER, OKLA. -- The National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum held its annual induction ceremony on May 31st with former Bloomsburg University great Ricky Bonomo '92 one of the four inductees for 2008.

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Bonomo was the greatest wrestler in the history of Bloomburg Univ., a Div. I program in Pennsylvania. For three straight years (1985-87), Bonomo won all of the major events on the schedule, capturing the NCAA Div. I title, along with the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) title and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) title at 118 pounds. He was named the EWL and PSAC Wrestler of the Year all three of those seasons. Ricky's career record was a stellar 116-12-3. Ricky and his brother Rocky were the first twins to win Pennsylvania state titles side-by-side in 36 years when they won Class AA titles for Lake Lehman High in 1981, wrestling for the legendary Floyd "Shorty" Hitchcock. Rocky was also an All-American for Bloomsburg, making the Bonomo brothers the most feared lightweight tandem in college wrestling at the time.

Joining Bonomo were Mike Houck of Victoria, Minn.; Wayne Martin of Tulsa, Okla. (deceased)and Bobby Weaver of Easton, Pa.

Pictured is Bonomo with former Bloomsburg University wrestling coach Roger Sanders.