Ex-St. Mary’s coach Rhodes enters Minnesota mat Hall of Fame

Jon Rhodes, who coached St. Mary’s International to three Far East High School Wrestling Tournament titles in the 1990s and 2000s, was inducted on April 26 into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame, according to a story in “The Guillotine,” a Web site for the Minnesota mat community. He was one of eight inductees.

Rhodes coached the Titans to Far East dual-meet team titles in 1997 and 2003 and the Far East individual freestyle crown in 2004. Thirteen of his wrestlers won Far East gold medals, including three Far East Outstanding Wrestler winners: Kento Omori in 1996, Eduardo Ayala in 1997 and Ken Nagao in 1999.

Rhodes also won four Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools tournament and conference dual-meet titles during his tenure with the Titans. Two of his St. Mary’s teams went unbeaten.

Some 22 years after his coaching career began in 1970 at Harmony, Minn., Rhodes and his wife Carol accepted teaching posts at St. Mary’s, a missionary school on Tokyo’s southwest side.

In 36 years of coaching, Rhodes was 249-99-8 and had 33 winning seasons. He was named Teacher of the Year in 1974 at Harmony and District 1 Coach of the Year in 1989, as well as winning two Coach of the Year awards while with St. Mary’s.

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