Big Ten Champion John Evashevski Passes

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former University of Iowa wrestler and Big Ten champion John Evashevski passed away May 30 at his home in Michigan. He was 70 years old.

Evashevski was a three-year letterwinner for the Iowa wrestling team from 1970-72 and won the 177-pound Big Ten tile in 1972. He earned a state wrestling title for Iowa City High in 1968 and later graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree and a state teaching certificate. Evashevski then moved to Michigan, where he taught and coached football and wrestling. He founded the wrestling program at St. Ignace Area Schools and was the head coach for 28 years.

Evashevski is survived by his wife, Lucy Ann Evashevski, and their two sons, Forest Matthew Evashevski and Michael Charles Evashevski. He is the son of the late Forest and Ruth Evashevski. Forest Evashevski was Iowa’s head football coach from 1952-1960 and Iowa’s athletic director from 1960-70.

A memorial celebrating his life will be held June 9 at St. Ignace United Methodist Church in St. Ignace, Michigan. More details are available at