Bruce A. Woyan, a one-time schoolboy wrestling star who wrestled professionally as "Buzz Sawyer," has died in California. He was 32.
Mr. Woyan died last Friday (Feb. 7, 1992) at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael, adjacent to Sacramento where he lived and operated a wrestling school.
The cause of his death was not stated officially, said his father, Glen, of St. Petersburg. He was told that his son died of alcohol poisoning, he said.
"He took some sleeping pills with whiskey," said the father, who is head custodian at 74th Street Elementary School.
Bruce Allen Woyan was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, and came here as a teen-ager. A star of the wrestling team at Dixie Hollins High School, amassing a 32-1 record, he dropped out of school in 1977 to fulfill a dream.
"I had always wanted to be a professional wrestler," Mr. Woyan said in an interview after winning a "rookie challenge match" at Bayfront Center.
"Most people thought I was crazy when I told them what I wanted to do," said Mr. Woyan, who was named National Wrestling Alliance Rookie of the Year in 1979.
"I always knew I would make it because pro wrestling was my style, anyway. I felt constrained by high school wrestling where if you bent a guy's arm beyond a 90-degree angle, you get disqualified. Up here, I can bend a guy's arm until it breaks."
The 6-foot, 220-pound Mr. Woyan wrestled last in Tampa about five years ago, his father said. In addition to operating his school in California, he often wrestled in Japan for the past half-dozen years.
Survivors in addition to his father include his wife, Debbie; two sons, Waylon and Justin, both of Sacramento; a sister, Paula Woyan, St. Petersburg; and three brothers, Brett and Craig, both of Atlanta, and Greg, Washington, D.C.
Arrangements were handled by Sacramento Garden Chapel Mortuary, Sacramento.
_ Some information in this obituary came from a story by David R. Squires in the St. Petersburg Times.