Arch Richoz

Contributor ⋅ Class of 1993


Arch began Wrestling at Elgin High School for Al Schaarf. His Collegiate days were spent at Valporiso College where he wrestled for 1 year. He finished his collegiate days at Northern Illinois University for Bob Brigham.

His teaching coaching days were at the DeKalb Junior High Schools, where he started their programs.

He was very instrumental along with Hall of Famers, Ron Silverstein and Larry Stonitsch, in starting the present IKWF State Championships, now in their 23rd year.

During his coaching career, his teams have won over 300 dual meets; they have been in the top 10 at least 15 times and in the top 5 ten times. They have won 13 regionals; 8 sectionals and have finished 2nd, 4th, and 3rd in the State Finals in IKWF. Now competing in the IESA, they have finished 4th, 5th and 7th and 4th in the State through 1992.

He has been Vice-President of the IKWF for 5 years; Secretary Representative for l year; President for 3 different terms.

In 1979 he was named one of the Grand Marshalls for the IKWF State Finals.

He has been a Bench Official at the IHSA State Tournament for 13 years.

He hosted the Annual DeKalb Novice Tournament for 10 years.

Through 1992 he coached 24 years, developing 70 State Place winners; of which 10 Were Champions and 16 were runner-ups. 1992-93 is his 25th year of Coaching at the IKWF Level.

In 1986 he was named a Friend of Wrestling at the Annual All State Banquet.

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