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Bruce Brubach

The Brubach name is synonymous with successful high school wrestling programs in Summit County. First there was Dave Brubach, who built wrestling powerhouses at Akron North High and Jackson High in Stark County, who was inducted into the SCSHOF in 1999. Now younger brother Bruce, who built winning programs at St. Vincent-St. Mary, Solon, and Cuyahoga Falls, becomes the third wrestling coach to enter the SCSHOF. Like brother, Dave, Bruce was influenced by two SCSHOF coaches of wrestling, Larry Dessart at Akron East High and by Andy Maluke during his four varsity seasons at The University of Akron. In his 40-year coaching career, which surpasses, Dessart, Maluke and Dave Brubach in longevity, Bruce has accumulated quite a list of accomplishments. At St. Vincent-St. Mary Bruce produced two City Series championship teams (1967 & ’69), two unbeaten teams (“69 & ’72) and dual meet victory streaks of 23 and 15. He has coached over 200 victories, had a city and sectional champion in every weight class and a district and state medalist in every weight class. His only Ohio champion was 138-pound Mike Blank in 1972 while at St.Vincent-St, Mary. However, Bruce, who also had a coaching stop at Sunnyslope High in Phoenix, AZ, ended his coaching career in 2003-04 by directing Spring Valley High of Columbia, SC to a ninth place finish in the state tourney, that included an undefeated state champion. Now retired and a resident of Chapin, SC, Bruce has also been involved with over 200 victories over 35 seasons as an assistant coach in football. His accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. He was inducted into the Summit County Wresting Coaches Hall of Fame in 1986 and taken in the halls of fame at Akron East High in 1999 and at St. Vincent- St. Mary in 2000.

Inducted 2004 | Coach