Wrestling Great Don Dravis Dies At 82

One of the most successful wrestling coaches in Minnesota state high school history has died.  Don Dravis passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday.

Dravis began his wrestling career at Blue Earth High School and became an All American wrestler at Minnesota State Mankato.  After finishing his degree at St. Cloud State he moved on to Staples High School where he taught industrial arts for over 30 years and coached the Staples and Staples Motley wrestling teams.  If you were going to win a state title from 1975-1990, you had to beat Staples.  During that period of time, Dravis won or shared 9 state titles and was runner-up 5 other times.  He coached numerous individual state champions and received the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame award, is in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and is in the Staples Motley Athletic Hall of Fame.  Don was also a past president of the Minnesota Coaches Association.

Don was active in the community as a long time firefighter and a member of the Lions club, where he won awards.  In addition to wrestling, Don spent his time hunting and fishing and valued watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.  He’s survived by his wife of 59 years and 3 sons and 2 daughters along with 15 grandchildren.

Services for Don Dravis will be Friday at 11am at Sacred Heart Church in Staples.  Visitation is Thursday night at the church from 4-8pm.

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