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Blugold Hall of Fame
Bob Wozniak

Bob Wozniak ranks as one of the most successful wrestlers in school history despite wrestling just three seasons under Don Parker's tutelage as a pre-engineering student who had to transfer to UW-Madison to complete his degree.

When he left UWEC, Wozniak had won more matches than any other Blugold, finishing with a career record of 109-23-2. The Stanley-Boyd prep won the WSUC 190-pound championship in both his sophomore and junior seasons after placing third as a freshman. He went on to place fourth at the NAIA championships in both 1988 and 1989 and was the national runnerup in 1990 when he produced a 38-3 overall record. He was 35-14-1 as a freshman and 36-6-1 as a sophomore.

Wozniak was also named an NAIA Wrestling Scholar Athlete in 1990 and earned the Blugold Super Six Salute Award that same year.

Wozniak received his bachelor's degree in mechnical engineering from UW-Madison in 1992 and his master's degree in 1998.

He worked for Safety Engineering Associates, Inc. from 1992 through 2001 as an engineering assistant and consulting mechnical engineer. Since 2002, he has been part owner of Skogen Engineering Group, Inc. of Madison and serves as Vice President-Engineering and consulting engineer. His areas of consulting activities include motor vehicle accident reconstruction, industrial and agricultural accident investigation and analysis and design analysis.

After many years of going for the gold in wrestling at the Badger State Games, he has quit competitive wrestling, but still volunteers at the event to help young children and old timers experience the thrill of wrestling.

For the past 10 years, he has been working with the Verona wrestling community, initially as a volunteer at the youth level and currently as the head coach for the high school. In six years as the head coach, he has had one state champion, two runnersup and two each third, fifth and sixth-place finishers. He has had 22 wrestlers with more than 30 wins and six with over 40 wins in a single season.

His 13-year coaching career also includes three years as an assistant at Madison LaFollette and with the wrestling clubs at Madison LaFollette and Verona.

He and his wife Annita, also an engineer of the domestic variety, are the parents of three children, daughters Jaedyn (7) and Jacobi (6) and son Cael (2).

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