Wrestling icon Roger Wilson to join national hall of fame

June 10, 2015

More than a half-century has passed since Roger Wilson founded the Issaquah High School wrestling program, and many things surrounding the sport have changed.

Roger Wilson

Roger Wilson

When Wilson came to Issaquah in 1961, there were only about 60 high schools statewide offering the sport, a number that has exploded to more than 350 today. And Issaquah — whose mascot was the Indians, not the Eagles — was the smallest school in its league at the time, with fewer than 400 students in three grades.

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Eagles outgrapple Spartans

January 14, 2014

By Greg Farrar Robert Steil (top), Issaquah High School senior, closes in on a pin of Skyline High School freshman Henry Bainivalu in the third period of their 220-pound wrestling bout Jan. 9 at Skyline.

By Greg Farrar
Robert Steil (top), Issaquah High School senior, closes in on a pin of Skyline High School freshman Henry Bainivalu in the third period of their 220-pound wrestling bout Jan. 9 at Skyline.

It wasn’t the ideal situation for Robert Steil to wrestle his first varsity match, but the Issaquah High School senior was up to the task.

With their regular 220-pound starter, Terrance Zaragoza, out of commission, the Eagles turned to Steil to pick up some points in their Class 4A KingCo Conference dual against rival Skyline.

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