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Bill Stecklein

Mr. Bill Stecklein will retire from USA wrestling as a referee in July 2019.

Bill's glorious career began in 1973 and has spanned 46 years. Bill is a decorated and accomplished referee.  He has refereed four Olympic Games ( 1992-Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens); was awarded the "Gold Whistle" during the Barcelona Olympics as the "Best Referee"; refereed more than 50 World Championships from Cadet to Senior; refereed a plethora of high level international tournaments; refereed every USA Olympic trials since 1988; was awarded the USA Wrestling's Official of the year in 1993 and Lifetime Achievement award in 1998; and has been a member of the USWOA Executive Board for more than 20 years.  

Bill is a mentor, role model and friend to many of us on and off the mat.
He is an unassuming gentleman who provides the exact guidance, at the right time in order to help referees raise their level of proficiency.  His
influence and friendship has had a huge impact on many of our careers and lives.

So when you see Mr. Stecklein at one of our tournaments this year, go over and shake the hand of true American Legend and say "Thanks Bill, we're gonna miss ya." 


2018. "Officials in Action" Photo Gallery

This gallery of photos is made possible by Dave Peterson, MN.  He has generously provided these photos of USOWA officials in action during the 2018 tournament season.

USAW & UWW Events

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2018 USWOA Official Upgrades

Link to list ofMat officials upgrades for 2018

2019 Question of the Day

Link to questions on rules for Greco and Freestyle competitions.

2019 Video of the Day

This link will take you to videos with wrestling situations.

2019 The Art of Refereeing, 5th Edition

A handbook developed for the official new to Greco and Freestyle officiating.


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