Ron began wrestling as a high school student in Kitchener. In 1976, Ron became Ontario wrestling champion in his weight division. This was to be the first of 13 consecutive provincial championships in three different provinces (Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan).
At the University of Calgary, Ron won six Alberta championships. His move to Regina in 1983 resulted in his domination of his weight division in this province.
He won gold at the 1979 and 1983 Western Canada Games and placed 2nd in the 1976 Olympic trials. At the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, he won the gold in the 48kg class. In 1995, he placed 6th in the Pan American Games.
Ron won the University of Calgary Athlete of the Year in 1980, Sask Sport Inc. Male Athlete of the Year in 1986 and was inducted into the University of Calgary Hall of Fame in 1996.