Official ⋅ Class of 1989
Jon began his wrestling career in Portland, Oregon where he was a 4 year varsity wrestler, 3 time state qualifier and Captain in his senior year. His Collegiate days were spent at Concordia College in Nebraska where again he was a 4 year varsity wrestler; 4 time all conference, once a champion and in his senior year Captain.
His coaching career began at Luther North High School, where they were conference champions 3 years in a row. From Luther he moved to Niles Notre Dame where he had 9 State Qualifiers and 2 all staters and just recently he has moved to Geneva where he had a state qualifier this year.
Jon is probably best known for his officiating capabilities. He has worked a number of dual meets, high school conferences and 4 Regionals. His coaching duties keeping him from move of this activity.
At the collegiate level Jon has worked 15 Midlands; 1 Big 10 Championship 1 NAIA; L Division 3 and 1 Division 21 plus some college duals.
At the Junior High School Level: Jon has worked a Regional, Sectional and all of’ the State Meets for 18 years.
He has worked 6 Inter Service Military Championships, both Free Style and Greco Roman.
He has worked 18 of the Illinois Wrestling Federation State Meets, both in Free Style and Greco Roman.
He has worked 18 Central Juniors in Free Style, also the Rockford Open.
He has worked 18 Junior National both Free Style and Greco.
He was Head Official for the Olympic Trials in 1988 at Topeka, Boca Raton and the Finals at Pensacola for the United States.
Internationally he has worked: World Cup in Free Style
World Cup Espoirs in Greco
1984 Olympics (Weighmaster, alternate Off.
Tbliski Tournament – World Premier
Pan American Games in Free Style – He was
Toulon Cup in France
Cadet Pan American Championships in Columbia South America, both Free Style and Greco
Seelanbinder Tournament in East Germany
Jon was President of USWOA from 1986-1988. He is now Past President. He was Secretary-Treasurer from 1980-1982 and Vice President from 1982-1981. In 1979 he was Official of the Year for USA Wrestling.
Internationally, Jon is now known as a FILA Exceptionale, which is the highest ranking you can achieve in the World. He has progressed from FILA 3 to 2 to 1 and Now Exceptionale. The Only Illinois Person to have achieved this distinction.