September 23, 2008

CSU Mourns the Loss of a Wrestling Hall-of-Famer

Sept. 23, 2008

Contact: Ryan Mulford

Former Cleveland State All-American Frank J. Yoo Jr., age 58, died September 19, 2008 at Wickliffe Country Place in Wickliffe, Ohio.

During the 1969-70 season, Yoo along with teammate Lee Barylski became Cleveland State's first All-American wrestlers.

"Frank was a quiet person who led by example not by talking," former CSU coach Richard Bonacci said. "Yoo was an outstanding wrestler who depended on his leg strength to take down opponents."

Yoo finished with a 33-4-1 career record in dual meets. He was the fifth Viking wrestler to post an undefeated season in dual meets going 8-0 as a freshman in 1968-69. Yoo was a four-time NCAA qualifier who earned a third place finish during his senior season (1971-72).

Yoo was inducted into the Viking Hall of Fame in 1985. He was awarded the Most Outstanding Wrestler award in 1971-72 and also won the CSU Athletic Alumni Association Award as Athlete of the Year.

After graduating from Cleveland State, Yoo was an assistant coach with the Vikings for two years.

"He was part of the family, a good person and good student. Everybody liked Frank and he will be missed," Bonacci said.

Funeral services are Wednesday Sept. 24 at Grace Church of Mentor (6883 Reynolds Rd. Mentor, Oh) at 10:30 A.M.

Family will receive friends at BRICKMAN BROS. FUNERAL HOME 37433 EUCLID AVE. (WILLOUGHBY) TUESDAY 2-4 AND 6-8 P.M.

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