Class of 2015
Shane Morgan was born in Aurora and raised in Oswego. He started competing in the sport of wrestling at the age of 11 while in the 6th grade attending Traughber Junior High School in Oswego.
Moving onto Oswego High School Shane stayed with the sport and wrestled as a freshman. He weighed a mere 90 lbs and it was difficult to find other wrestlers that were his size, so he only wrestled 5 matches in which he went undefeated that freshman season. Moving onto his sophomore year Shane made the Varsity wrestling team, wrestling at the 98 pound weight class. He started 3 years on the Varsity at Oswego compiling a record of 105-29. Shane was a 3 time Little Seven All-Conference wrestler while earning the conference championship title at 112 pounds his senior year, wrestling up a weight class for his team in an attempt to win the team crown. He was a two time regional champion, placed 3rd at sectionals as senior, and went on to Champaign where he earned all-state recognition taking 4th at the 105 pound weight class in 1986. Shane would like to make special mention to a man that had a great impact on his life and thinks of him like a second father, John Sammons. John was Shane’s head coach at Oswego and is the all-time coaching wins leader for Oswego High School.
Shane wanted to wrestle in college however a nagging shoulder injury ended his career. Moving on from this Shane began his current 28 year and counting career entering the building trades where joined Carpenters Union Local 1307 in 1987.
In 1992, Shane married his high school sweetheart Shelley. Ironically, this same year Shane began his current 23 year career as an IHSA official. He entered the officiating ranks to stay involved in the sport and to give back to the sport that gave him so much in his life. Shane credits wrestling for all of his accomplishments in life, he feels it saved him from wandering down the wrong direction in life and molded the strong work ethic Shane still exudes to this day.
Shane was assigned his 1st IHSA regional in 1997 and has since officiated 18 IHSA regionals, 13 IHSA Individual Sectional Tournaments, 10 Dual Team Sectionals, 11 IHSA State Tournaments including 7 Individual and 4 Dual Team Tournaments. Shane also officiates IESA and IKWF matches on a regular basis. Shane has officiated 16 IESA regionals, 16 IESA sectionals, and 10 IESA State Tournaments. He currently serves as the Head Official for the IESA State Tournament and is a member of the IESA Wrestling Advisory Board. Shane has also officiated 5 IKWF Dual Team State Finals and 2 IKWF Individual State Finals. In addition, Shane has officiated 2 IWCOA Illinois/Indiana Classic Duals. He was also selected to officiate the USA vs. Illinois All-Star Dual. In 2009, Shane was selected as the IWCOA Official of the Year. Currently, Shane is an IHSA Rules Interpreter and Clinician, a post which he has held for the past 5 years.
Shane resides in Oswego with his wife of 22 years Shelley and their three sons Devin, Jack, and Chase. Shane would like to acknowledge a special thanks to his wife and family for all their support as he spends a lot of time away giving back to the sport that he loves dearly.