2022 Hall of Fame/ Hall of Honors Inductees
Athletic Hall of Fame
Jim Trueman ’53 – One of the best cross-country runners in school history, Trueman finished 11th in the state meet as a senior. At the annual Knights of Columbus Indoor Track meet, he won the mile run and was a member of the record-setting two-mile relay team to help the Bengals win the team title. Later, he founded the Red Roof Inn motel chain and became the owner of the car that won the 1986 Indianapolis 500.
Brent Marcoguiseppe ’63 – A hard-hitting and powerful outfielder, Marcoguiseppe helped the Bengals to a school record 26-3 mark in 1962 reaching the state semi-finals. He was an All-East Senate selection and All-Scholastic choice and played in the several all-star games. In football he was an All-league choice at tackle for the Bengals East Senate championship team that finished 9-2-0.
Greg Marn ’65 – Best known for his performance as a junior in the 1963 Charity Game victory over St. Ignatius 30-16, Marn completed three of four passes for 97 yards from his halfback position to lead the Bengals. In that game, Marn scored on a run and added a two-point conversion run, threw one touchdown pass and completed another pass for a two-point conversion. As a senior in 1964, Marn led the Bengals to the East Senate title and won first-team All-league honors.
Ron Grosel ’88 – A three-year starter for the Bengals at running back, Grosel graduated as the third-leading scorer in school history with 228 points on 38 touchdowns. He earned All-Ohio honors as a senior and was a two-time All-Independent choice. In a key 14-13 win over Fremont Ross in 1987, he carried 33 times for 252 yards and two touchdowns. In baseball, he earned Plain Dealer All-Scholastic honors.
Salem Simon ’97 – A dominating lineman on both sides of the line of scrimmage, Simon helped the Bengals to the 1996 state title with the 14-3 win over Columbus DeSales. He earned All-Ohio and All-Scholastic honors and played in the annual North-South All-star game. He helped the Bengals to the state title in track with top four finishes in the shot put and discus. He starred at Northwestern University and later signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens.
Chris Leanza ’99 – Graduating as the third-leading scorer in Bengals basketball history, Leanza finished with 1,182 points. He was a four-year letter winner who helped the Bengals to three consecutive state final four appearances resulting in back-to-back state titles. He continued his basketball career at Yale University where he was a two-time All-Ivy League selection and a team captain as a senior.
Hall of Honors
Fr. Anselm Zupka O.S.B. ’58 – One of the longest-serving teaching monks in Benedictine history, Fr. Anselm has spent 54 years in the classroom and continues to teach at the school. When he reached his 80th birthday in 2020, he became the first teacher in school history to be actively teaching there at that milestone age. He has been the moderator of the National Honor Society, German Club, Travel Club, and the Key Club. On weekends, he has assisted at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Parma for 55 years.
The Hall of Fame/ Hall of Honors Ceremony will be held at Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. It is located in the Powerhouse Building of the Nautica Entertainment Complex in the Flats of downtown Cleveland.
The schedule of events on November 13, 2022, will be:
2:00 p.m. Check-in and public reception
3:00 p.m. Dinner
4:00 p.m. Induction ceremony
Tickets for the Hall of Fame/ Hall of Honors Ceremony are $60. To purchase tickets, please use this registration page, or mail a check to Benedictine High School. Please have Hall of Fame/Hall of Honors on the check memo.