CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ten native Iowans are competing in this week’s NCAA Division I wrestling championships at Quicken Loans Arena.
While those individuals get much of the spotlight and glory, three more Iowans are toiling front and center playing important roles at the championships, too.
Curt Frost of Gilbertville and Rick Stahl of Marion are championship veteran officials, while Cedar Falls High School principal Jason Wedgbury made his championship officiating debut Thursday.
“I appreciated and enjoy the opportunity to be here. It is a great honor,” said Wedgbury, a native of Hampton who was a two-time NCAA qualifier for Northern Iowa in 1995 and 1996.
Wedgbury , who has officiated for the past 13 years, learned of his championship assignment in January. He came to Cleveland with one mission.
“The simple focus is you know how much time and focus the student-athletes put into their dreams on these mats and my job is to create a fair bout for that to happen,” Wedgbury said. “That is the pressure I put on myself because I want to give everybody the best opportunity for a fair bout.”
Wedgbury was named principal at Cedar Falls High School in 2014, following a four-year stint at Peet Junior High in the same position. He graduated from UNI in 1996, and earned a master’s degree from Northwest Missouri State.
BACK AT IT: Janesville native and former Nebraska national champion Tolly Thompson is back coaching. A year after helping out at Oklahoma, Thompson is working for West Virginia this season.
He still lives in Janesville, but every 10-12 days he travels to Morgantown, West Virginia to work with the Mountaineer upper weight wrestlers. He had been a long-time Northern Iowa assistant before a short hiatus.