Breaking News: Rob Sherrill and the IWCOA are teaming up to release the first ever – IWCOA Girls State Wrestling Rankings! We plan to release 3 ranking issues with the first arriving between January 15-18. Girls/Coaches should complete the “Rankings Survey Form” by clicking the button below.  The form should be completed by Friday, January 10, 2020.

Rob Sherrill

A native of Chicago’s south suburbs, Rob Sherrill first covered wrestling for the Star Newspapers in 1978. He gradually expanded his focus statewide, starting The Grappler in 1981. He joined the Chicago Sun-Times in 1983, covering wrestling and other high school sports for the paper for 12 years. That same year, he started The Illinois Best Weekly, the state’s first weekly statewide rankings publication, which continues to this day. He also assists the state’s Web site,, in producing rankings and other content. The voice of the Class 3A state tournament on the IHSA-TV network, Sherrill was a color analyst for the first television broadcast of the state tournament in 1987, and continued in that role for more than a decade.

In 1992, Sherrill initiated the first national Super 25 Wrestling Teams run by USA Today, and produced the Super 25 for the national newspaper for six seasons. He has been the National High School Editor for WIN magazine since 1997.

A resident of Nashville, Tenn. since 1997, Sherrill is a three-time recipient of the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) Newsperson of the Year award, one of many local, state and national awards he has received. He was inducted into the IWCOA Hall of Fame in 2006.

The IHSA, IESA, IKWF, and IWCOA are collaboratively working together to recruit wrestling officials throughout Illinois.  The number of officials in Illinois is decreasing and we need you to help keep our sport alive! The IHSA and IWCOA facilitate clinics for officials of all ability levels. Last year we had several new official classes throughout Illinois.  These classes taught the basics through classroom instruction and on the mat practice.  Help keep our sport alive and become a licensed wrestling official today! Complete the Google Form below if you are interested in officiating next season or might be interested in the future.  New officials can begin their career starting with any age level.

There are many great reasons to become an official such as:

  • making new friends
  • keeping fit and active
  • building your confidence
  • earning some extra money
  • learning more about the sport
  • giving back to the community

Complete the quick question form here →  CLICK HERE!