1998 Bob Spicuzza  Lifetime Service  Milwaukee.gifMr. Spicuzza was introduced to Wisconsin wrestling when he participated at Milwaukee South High School from 1943 to 1946. During that time he lost only three dual matches. After high school, Spicuzza wrestled for Coach George Martin at the University of Wisconsin and in 1950 he was a State A.A.U. Champion.
Spicuzza served as an assistant coach to George Martin and also at Notre Dame while doing his graduate work there. In 1956 and 1957 Spicuzza helped develop the wrestling program at Stoughton at the time that Duane Kleven was in high school there. In 1958 Spicuzza went to Milwaukee Washington where be was head coach.
Spicuzza was also the treasurer of the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association. He held that position for 8+ years.

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Spicuzza grew state wrestling, Wrestling Hall of Fame
By Joe Shinners, Special to the Journal Sentinel, Nov. 3, 2012


If George Martin was the father of Wisconsin high school wrestling, then Bob Spicuzza was one of the sport's first sons, one of its true innovators and supporters. Spicuzza, the longtime wrestling coach at Milwaukee Washington and legend among coaches statewide, died Friday morning after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 84.What Spicuzza did for wrestling is what people dream about accomplishing in a career. He was there in the beginning and helped grow high school wrestling from its infancy to its present state in Wisconsin. Spicuzza was on the board that created the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association George Martin Hall of Fame in 1977 and was inducted himself in 1978. Spicuzza was given the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1998.It's hard for many to imagine what Spicuzza and Martin, the University of Wisconsin coach for 32 years, and a few other people accomplished in this state. They created the sport as we know it. " It's very hard for a young coach today to have the impact that some of the old guys did," said Joe Kaster, editor and publisher of the Crossface, the state's top wrestling publication. "George and Bob and a handful of guys started wrestling in high school. People don't understand the impact he had. They can't. We've lost a good one. He was just a wonderful man. He did a lot for wrestling. "Every wrestler owes gratitude to Spicuzza, who helped found the powerhouse wrestling program at Stoughton in 1957, took over at Washington in 1958 and remained there until 1994. He then volunteered at Milwaukee Marquette and Milwaukee Hamilton in his later years to finish 54 years of coaching overall. The City Conference named one of its divisions after him. Spicuzza, a 1946 graduate of Milwaukee South, wrestled at UW under Martin until 1950 and remains one of only two UW athletes to letter five times. Fellow wrestler Lee Kemp, another Badgers legend, is the other. Spicuzza, who served in the Air Force in then-segregated Mississippi for four years during one of the most defining moments of his life, then coached with Martin before serving as assistant at Notre Dame while earning a graduate degree in counseling from 1954-'56.Wrestling was in the man's soul. "He just had an unbridled passion for wrestling," said his son Paul, one of Bob's five children. "He loved the sport. He saw his wrestlers not as students but as sons. "Spicuzza coached former UW coach Duane Kleven during his one-year stint at Stoughton, but Spicuzza's best season was in 1986 at Milwaukee Washington. The Purgolders finished third at state and Brian Fonville won the heavyweight title with a 35-1 record. Fonville was the last of Spicuzza's state champions.

Obituary - Robert A. Spicuzza

Spicuzza, Robert A. Entered Eternal Life on All Souls Day, November 2, 2012, at 84. Resident of Shorewood. Beloved husband of the late Marianne M. (Nee Jansen). Loving father of Margaret (Lincoln) DeMier, Paul Spicuzza, Jeanne (Guy Hoffman) Spicuzza, David Spicuzza and Mary (Daniel Simmons) Spicuzza. Treasured grandfather of Stephanie. Doting great-grandfather of Amaya. Dear brother of Marjorie A. Spicuzza; Predeceased by eleven other siblings. Further survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Bob was a proud graduate of South Division High School, UW-Madison and Notre Dame. Air Force veteran. Devoted wrestling coach at Stoughton (1957-58) and Washington high schools (1958-1994). Volunteer assistant wrestling coach at Marquette and Hamilton high schools. Fiercely loyal fan of the Packers, Notre Dame, Brewers and Badgers. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at St Robert Catholic Church from 5:00 PM until Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 7:00 PM. Interment private. In Bob's memory, donations may be made to the .

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