Welcome to the Technical Explanation Show where we talk with wrestling officials, share their “why wrestling?” stories, and talk about how we can all move the sport of wrestling forward. We have in-depth discussions about wrestling and officiating.
#27 Ryan Simmons - Technical Explanation Show
Ryan Simmons is a wrestling official in Nashville, Tennessee but his #wrestlingstory begins in Ohio. Ryan was a standout high school wrestler who continued his wrestling career at Kent State.
After his days competing were over Ryan made the move to coaching and eventually officiating. As you can tell, Ryan is quick-witted and full of jokes. Enjoy the madness that ensues in Episode #27 with Ryan Simmons.
#28 Dennie Uhl - Technical Explanation Show
Dennie Uhl is a wrestling official in Ohio originally from West Virginia who is pioneering a new way for wrestling lovers to become wrestling officials. In this episode, Dennie talks about how he and Larren Wikel are conducting officiating classes via Zoom and having a lot of success bringing new officials into the ranks.
Dennie shares his wrestling story including his days as a competitor and how that led him to become an official. Dennie compares and contrasts the differences between being a wrestling official and a football official, talks about his officiating goals, and lets everyone know where his favorite hospitality room is.
#19 Rick Rud - Technical Explanation Show
Rick is an Offical out of Minnesota and he joins us for Episode #19 of the Technical Explanation Show to tell his wrestling story. "Ravishing" Rick Rud is a 40+ year official, Multi-year State Tournament Official, Multi-year Clash Official, Region One Wrestling Hall of Fame - 2011, Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame - 2014, MSHSL Rules Interpreter, MSHSL State Wrestling Tournament Supervisor of Officials. When he is not officiating you might find him presiding over marriage ceremonies as Rick is also a licensed wedding officiant. Check out Episode #19 to hear more of Rick's story.
#26 Butch Blankenship
In Episode #26 we catch up with Butch Blankenship from Archbold, OH. Butch became a wrestling official because after his days of competing he missed the sport. Butch talks about his journey to become a better official and how he has learned from so many other officials. I've had the pleasure of working a tournament with Butch and his personality in this episode come across exactly how he is in real life. Butch offers several insights that coaches and officials can put into action to become better at their craft. Sit back, relax, and enjoy Episode #26.
#25 Wayne Meyer - Technical Explanation Show
Wayne Meyer's #wrestlingstory begins in Pennsylvania where he first tried out wrestling. Years later after competing in college at the DIII level his job brought him to Wisconsin where he became an official. In Wayne's episode we discuss:
-Wayne's journey back to wrestling
-The "Get To" mindset
-Becoming an official in Wisconsin
-A whole lot more.
#24 Rachael Woody - Technical Explanation Show
Rachael Woody is a wrestling official from the state of Kansas and was born into a wrestling family. From officiating her first match (which she says didn't go as planned) to becoming the seasoned veteran that she is now. Rachel has always been focused on being the best official that she can be and credits her mom for keeping her involved in wrestling. In this episode we hear Rachael's wrestling story, talk about Senior Night with dinner served matside for spectators, wrestling parents, and so much more. I hope you appreciate Rachael's positive attitude as much as I did when we were able to record. Enjoy!
Love the stories and concept
Thanks for sharing these stories of officials. Excited to listen to future episodes.