Last Updated on October 25, 2016 by cassnetwork
Frank Patacsil, who followed in the footsteps of his brother, Ted, to wrestle at Logansport and Purdue University, is this week’s recipient. Patacsil is the only male athlete in LHS history to win more than one individual state championship. He captured the 138-pound title in 1978 and the 145-pound title in 1980, capping off his high school career with the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award in the state finals.
“In Frank, the late Joe Patacsil and his wife, Joyce, had another great wrestling legacy in their family,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said today. “Through his efforts, the sport continued to be associated with the Patacsil name when he and his wife returned to Logansport and he began coaching here.”
Earlier this year, Frank’s older brother, Ted, a 1977 graduate, received the honor. Their older sister, Mandy, is a former LHS salutatorian.
“The Patacsils truly are among many great Logansport families who define the loyalty and commitment to our community and the things it stands for in Indiana,” Kitchell said.
The award is presented throughout Indiana’s bicentennial year to recognize local natives or residents who have been recognized statewide or nationwide for their contributions.
Frank will receive an Indiana state flag and a certificate from Mayor Kitchell.
SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell