2013

Sports Legend

Ronald Smolinski, Class of 1983

Ron Smolinski was undoubtedly one of the finest wrestlers to ever wear the purple and white! Ron wrestled four years under Coach Witman, lettering each year. As a junior, he finished Section VI- Runner-up, wrestling at 167 pounds. Ron was named captain of the wrestling team as senior, and went on to win the Section VI-Champion, while moving up to wrestle at 177 pounds. Ron dominated his weight class during his senior year finishing the season undefeated (33-0), winning 6 tournaments, before finally losing on a technicality scoring dispute, and ultimately finishing 3rd in the State, with an incredible record of 37-1! In 1983, Ron also took home the Section VI-Sportsmanship Award, and the Robert Bedell Jr. Memorial Award, which is given to the outstanding wrestler of Western New York. Ron loves to be outdoors; hunting, snowmobiling, and spending time with his family.