Longtime wrestling referee Carl Stermer has passed away. Mr. Stermer was a USWF and AAU wrestling referee during the 1970’s and 80’s. Mr. Stermer achieved the FILA-1 category and was considered amongst the very best referees in the United States. During the prime of his career, Mr. Sturmer was ranked seventh in the United States among AAU referees and was the first alternate for the 1980 Olympics. He worked all levels of wrestling and he officiated softball, baseball and football. He was elected into the Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association and the Ohio Wrestling Officials Hall of Fame in 1995.
Carl Stermer, FL
Charles "Chuck" Lederer of Levittown passed away surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, September 16, 2023. He was 60 years old.
Chuck was born on October 24, 1962, to Robert and the late Jacqueline (Miller) Lederer. He is survived by his wife Denise (Eastlack) Lederer; his sons Dexter Lederer (Jenna) and Colby Lederer (Brie); his grandchildren Bo Charles, Zoe Rose and Josie Ryan; his sister Barbara Binney (Brian); his brother Pete Lederer (Linda); his brother-in-law Butchie Eastlack (Debbie); his mother-in-law Donna Eastlack; his nieces and nephews Taylor, Abigail, Ainsley, and Calvin; and his grand pups Louie, Nala, and Lacey.
Chuck was lucky to find the love of his life early—he met Denise in 10th grade. He married his high school sweetheart in 1987, and they were happily married for 35 years. Chuck graduated from Delhaas High School in 1980 and earned his bachelors in electrical engineering from Villanova University in 2001.
Chuck was a loving father and an even better Pop to his grandkids. He was their rock. Whether it was coaching his sons or supporting his grandchildren, he never missed any events. There was nothing he enjoyed more than making memories with his family.
Chuck was strong in every aspect of his life. He had an enormous heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He was generous, loyal, and brave. Chuck was an avid golfer and lover of all Philadelphia sports teams. Wrestling always had a special place in his heart. He was a wrestler himself, and later a coach and a referee. He will always be a staple of Pennsylvania wrestling.
Throughout his life, Chuck made so many friends that turned into family. To them, Chuck embodied the best qualities a friend could offer: reliability, patience, and the opportunity to brighten their lives. He was an inspiration to everyone he met.
Throughout Chuck's battle of cancer, which started in February 2021, he always carried himself with dignity, strength, grace, and courage. He never once complained about anything and always kept a positive attitude. Even as he underwent treatment, he never missed a single event or holiday.
We will always strive to be Strong Like Chuck!
Family and friends are invited to Chuck’s Celebration of Life Sunday, September 24, 2023 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM. This time of sharing will take place at Beck Givnish Life Celebration Home, 7400 New Falls Rd, Levittown, PA 19055.
In lieu of flowers, Chuck’s family would like donations to be made to Fox Chase Cancer Center at https://www.foxchase.org/giving
Charles "Chuck" Lederer, PA
Cliff MacGowan, WY
Allicyn Nichole Schuster was born October 10, 1999, in Papillion, Nebraska. She graduated from Papillion LaVista High School in 2017 and was currently in her second-year apprenticeship for Local 22 Electricians Union. She had a celebrated wrestling career. She wrestled for 11 years. She was an 8 time All-American and Olympic Cadet Wrestling World Team Member. She was a coach at Papillion LaVista High School coaching the Monarchs, and Omaha Skutt High School coaching the Sky Hawks. She was an inspiration for many young female wrestlers throughout the United States. She enjoyed riding her motorcycle with family throughout the Midwest. She enjoyed spending time with her friends eating Sushi, and eating at Stella’s and the Texas Roadhouse. She was proud of her shoe collection, her Scooter’s addiction, tattoos, and Vera Bradley handbags. She was known by her parents for being messy yet clean. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Author, Rusty Davidson
The USA Wrestling community received and shared word on Tuesday, 8/1/2020 of the passing of Mike Matlock, 72, a longtime volunteer in the USA Wrestling family.
Matlock was found early Tuesday morning in his home in New Bern, N.C. Reports indicate he passed peacefully. Details are pending notification of next of kin.
Mike Matlock was known to many in the wrestling world as “Mad Dog.” “The Dog” wore the nickname affectionately. He was apt to greet students and friends with a friendly “Woof.”
Matlock was known globally as a first category referee. Officiating under the banners of USA Wrestling and its predecessors, along with the current United World Wrestling, Matlock was known as a Teacher of his fellow officials. Many referees mentored by “The Dog” went on to represent several countries at the highest levels.
Matlock most recently served as a non-voting Honorary Board member for North Carolina USA Wrestling. The Board of North Carolina USA Wrestling honored him recently by naming North Carolina’s annual Official of the Year Award as the Mike “Mad Dog” Matlock Award.
“Mad Dog” also contributed as a high school and club coach, mentoring youth in Missouri, Nebraska, Michigan, Arizona, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida, and North Carolina over the last 50 years. Countless youngsters, across multiple generations, credit Matlock for helping them make greater contributions in life through wrestling.
We all know that ‘Wrestling Makes the World Small.’ The quick flow of information and emotions regarding the passing of one of our great grassroots contributors is solid evidence of his impact within the wrestling family.
For those that knew ‘The Dog,’ please share a story and a smile with those that matter. We lost a good one. “Woof!”
Nikenson (Nik) Bazelais passed away on July 7th, 2020, after a five year battle with Cancer and a mild case of COVID-19 at NYU Langone Hospital. He was only 49 years old and left behind his wife, Libny and daughter Rachél, two sisters Seurette and Nancy, and brother Gabriel. Nik was a dear friend and colleague to many of us. He was a devoted father, a great friend, a loving brother, and a newlywed beloved husband.
Albert Peter Williams Jr. age 63, of Riverdale passed away on April 7, 2020. Albert was a very strong and sturdy individual. He dedicated over 40 years of his life to the sport of youth and high school wrestling. Albert loved the Lord and served him faithfully. Beloved husband of Vickie Williams (nee Spilotro), loving son of Isabel (late Albert) Williams. Services are private. A Celebration of life service will be announced and held at a later date. Albert will be dearly missed by family and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Al Williams’ memory can be made to USA Wrestling, the national governing body of the sport which Al loved. To make a memorial donation, please visit http://donate.usawrestling.org/
"Big Al" Williams
Sympathy Cards and Memorials should be sent to Mr. Rod Cozzetto, 709 Crystal Lane, Pueblo Co 81006
Mo Babi, from Colorado, passed away after recent struggles with health issues. Mo has been involved with USA Wrestling for many years as a State leader and Mat Official. He served multiple times as the State Director for Colorado and worked for many years as a Mat Official at many Regional and National events. Mo was instrumental in the development of the concepts of Dual competitions. Mo loved the Cadet Duals and started the first Dual event on two mats at a local high school. From that auspicious start it quickly grew to a National level event. The original idea was to get many matches in a short duration competition so younger Cadets could more quickly improve their wrestling skills. At the same time, Mo wanted the Cadet Duals to serve as a training ground for lesser experienced Mat Officials. The original participating States liked the concept and started sending their best Cadets but also demanded the best possible Mat Officials. The Cadet Duals became a National level event; Junior Duals and Schoolboy Duals soon followed suit. Mo’s wife, Pat, is an accomplished pairer and one of their sons, Jason, is an international level Mat Official. Mo’s demise will leave a huge void for all of his many friends. Funeral arrangements will be posted when completed by Mo’s family.
Mo Babi, CO
Tom Clark and his son Hayden
Thomas G. Clark, 58, of Fishers, a 2008 Olympic referee and longtime leader within USA Wrestling, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 at home.
We are sad to inform you that the USWOA has lost a great official and friend. Abram Ostrovskiy passed away Monday, April 11th, 2016. Abram was a great friend to all of us and we are all saddened by his passing. Abram experienced more in his lifetime than any of us can imagine and yet he was always available to help. Please take a few moments to reflect on the life and friendship of Abram Ostrovskiy. Rest in Peace Abram.
“He never grew up,” said Duane Morgan, commissioner of the Central Coast Section and a former wrestling official with Lovell. “He saw happiness in everything. He loved the kids. What a great life that is.”
Longtime Oklahoma pairing official Charlie Bates passes.
June 8, 1947- August 4, 2017
Jack was longtime pairing official and contributor to USAW and the USWOA.
April 22, 2017
Resided in Jackson, MI
Long time Pairing Official Alice Riggle of Jackson, MI and formerly of Shelby, passed away April, 22, 2017 in Jackson. She was the widow of Richard "Dick" Riggle.
Arrangements are pending, but will be announced on Monday, April 24th.