Ken Thompson wrestles 132 lbs and 145 lbs to win State 2 years in a row.

Bloom Produces State Champion Athlete 2 years in a row 1986-87

State Champ James Irons

Heavyweight TRAIL 1982

Ed O'Brien  '70

State Champ 115 lbs.

Geoff Grublesky '70 State Champ 185 lbs.

Bloom's team did not place in State again until 1970 when two athletes both won State.  Bloom placed fourth that year.

1959 Bloom's First State Champion Wrestler

INDIVIDUAL Wrestling State Champions

4th in State Heavyweight Leroy Blackful 1959

State Champion 120 pound '59 Jim Stevens

Wrestlers took 9th in state in 1959 with Jim Stevens winning the state meet at the 120 pound division and Leroy Blackful taking 4th as a heavyweight.  




 Robert Fleming '75

Coach Koenig, Robert Fleming and Keith Hulbert bring home the State Championship Trophy.  Both wrestlers won State along with the team for the best Bloom wrestling season ever.  1975 Koenig was named Coach of the Year by the Illinois Wrestling Association. Robert Fleming was named Outstanding Illinois Wrestler. Bloom was honored at the Illinois Wrestling Assoc banquet for being the first team ever to have 2 All-Americans.  





Greatest year in Bloom's wrestling history 1975  ?

Both Robert Fleming and Keith Hulbert won state titles, had the exact same records for the season 37 wins 0 losses, and new school records. Two national organizations  selected Hulbert to the All-American squad.  Fleming was also named All-American.  He was also invited to wrestle against the two time national Polish wrestler in an exchange meet.  Fleming had the fastest pin in the competition pinning his opponent in 26 seconds.


State Champions

Erikson was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame in 1996, the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Indiana High School Coaches Associates Hall of Fame in 2009.

“It was such a big deal for our school, which was only in its sixth year at the time,” said Ray, a former principal at Bloom Trail. “It put the school on the map and did a lot for our communities. Reflecting back, I thought it was going to be easy to win state championships and we’d do this every year. Now, I realize some guys coach their whole lifetimes and don’t come close. It was just a special group. They were dynamite.”


Ron Ray

“Getting off of I-57 at the Lincoln Highway exit and seeing a fire truck, we thought something was wrong, but it was a welcome parade for us,” McFarland said. “When we went through Ford Heights, which was and still is one of the most impoverished communities in the country, it really meant a lot to us. That day was a happy one there and to bring something like that to the community was special.” 

Dubbed the “Fantastic Five” by a local reporter at the time, the Trojans were led by state qualifiers Chris McFarland (145 pounds), Reggie Wilson (155), Derrick Williams (167), Rory Drake (185) and the late James Irons (heavyweight).

YEAR                 RECORD                           Individual/Team                                              Coach      

1975-76                10-3-                                                                                                                      Coach Mike Fendley

1976-77                14-2                                       Walter Futrell---1st in State---119 lbs                 Coach Ron Ray                             

1977-78                12-5                                       Harold Moore---6th Place---145 lbs                    Coach Ron Ray                             

1978-79               12-4                                       District Champions                                               Coach Ron Ray

1979-80               20-1                                       District, Sectional Champs – 9th in State         Coach Ron Ray
Lenal Brinson---5th place---105 lbs                                                                                                                                                                   Carl Davis---5th place---167 lbs

1980-81               14-4                                       District, Sectional Champs                                  Coach Ron Ray

                                                                            James Irons---2nd place--Heavyweight 

1981-82             15-4                                         STATE CHAMPIONS!!!                                       Coach Ron Ray

                                                                           District, Sectional, State Champs
                                                                                1  Chicago Hts. Bloom Trail              72.5

                                                                                2  Carol Stream Glenbard North     61.5
                                                                                3  Waukegan East                              60.5

1982-83               10-8                                       James Irons---1st in State Heavyweight           Coach Ron Ray
                                                                            Chris McFarland---2nd place---145 lbs
                                                                            Reginald Wilson---2nd place---155 lbs 

1983-84                                                               Regional Champions                                          Coach Ron Ray

1987-88                9-1                                                                                                                        Coach Gabe Damiani

1988-89               11-5                                                                                                                       Coach Tom Tong
1989-90               10-8                                       Regional Champions                                          Coach Tom Tong

                                                                            Stanley Johnson---6th place---189 lbs

1990-91               12-7                                                                                                                       Coach Tom Tong

1991-92               11-8                                                                                                                        Coach Tom Tong

1992-93               11-7                                                                                                                       Coach Tom Tong


James Woods   NCAA National Champion Alum             Tom Erickson,  Wrestling Alum                 Gabe Damiani  Wrestling

Tom Koeing , Coach staff                                                          Greg Zuidema, Coach Staff   


Ron was an IHSA 5th place winner in 1971 .  He was 
NJCAA Champion in 1972, NJCAA Champion in 1973 and also named Outstanding Wrestler.  Competing at OSU from 1974-75, Ron Ray was a two-time All-American and won the NCAA individual championship at 167 pounds in 1975.

Ray compiled a 47-7-1 record during his two seasons with the Cowboys that included 13 falls and 15 superior decisions. 

RON RAY  Two-time All-American and NCAA individual champion at Oklahoma State in 1975.


Thomas L. Koenig Celebrates 50 Years In Wrestling.  Graduated from Shurz High School in Chicago....attended University of Illinois (wrestling scholarship) also received his Masters  Degree from University of Illinois.  He left teaching to pursue a career in Hospital Administration.  Tom married Eloise in 1965.  They had two children, Susan Koenig Brown, and the late Mark Koenig.

MAY 2015



​Jim Woods, Western Illinois - Jim Woods won both the NCAA Division I and Division II heavyweight titles in 1974. Woods rallied from a 4-2 deficit after two periods in the finals to defeat Gary Ernst of Michigan for the Division I title.


Erikson is a graduate of Bloom High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Wrestling for Triton College, he was a two-time NJCAA Collegiate Champion in 1984 and 1985. He was also a two-time NCAA Division I Collegiate wrestling All-American, in 1986 and 1987, while competing for Oklahoma State University.

 Trojan Wrestling History



Chicago Heights


After placing 9th in State in 1980, Ron Ray's team was State Champions in 1982 with 72 1/2 points.  

Bernard Giles State Champ 138 lbs. 1979

Bloom's Coach Zuidema places team in 7th place. 1979

Walter Futrell 119 lbs. 1st Place

First State Champion

Athlete  for TRAIL 77

Tom Koenig's team won State 1975


Keith Hulbert at 98 lbs.

Robert Fleming at 167 lbs.