Sunday, March 14, 2021

Gone, Lost & Forgotten: Their Best = Yakima Valley

 The Yaks of Yakima Valley formally known as the Indians, dropped their wrestling program after the 2011-2012 season. 

Rich Herzog 

Herzog was an NJCAA All American for the Yaks in 1993 where he finished in third place. His daughter Raina was a state champion for Cottage Grove HighSchool. 

Seth Elwood
190 lbs 

A member of the Rhinos Wrestling club throughout his youth, Elwood was an NJCAA All American in 1993 with a sixth place finish. 

Brent Rotondo
142 lbs 

A graduate of Olympic High School where he was also a member of the school choir, Rotondo made NJCAA All American honors twice for Yakima Valley.  He was sixth in 1994 and seventh in 1995.  Post graduation, he went on to continue his collegiate wrestling career at Central Washington where he placed eighth at the 1997 NAIA championships.   He later coached at Union Titon Wrestling Club. His son Ethan wrestled at Wisconsin. 

Matt Ballard
142 lbs  

Ballard was an NJCAA All American for the Yaks where he he placed eighth.  He later went on to Central Washington where he was an NCAA Division II runner-up in 2001.  Later in life he served in the Iraq War, was a Firefighter and a head coach at Kauai High school.  

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