Hall of Fame

The KWOA Officials Hall of Fame is designed to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to Kentucky interscholastic officiating and/or the KWOA. Members of the KWOA are encouraged to nominate deserving individuals for inclusion in the Hall of Fame.


  • Retired – Eligible inductees must be retired for three years after a minimum of ten years’ experience in officiating or officiating administration
  • Active – Eligible inductees must have at least twenty years’ of experience of officiating or officiating administration
  • Passed Away – Members that pass away before meeting the retired or active eligilibilty may also be nominated

Hall of Fame Committee

  • Andrew Dennison (KWOA VP-Region 2)- Committee Chair
  • Cody Walls (President Elect-Region 1)
  • Jim Hardin (Regions 3, 4, 5)
  • Kenny Lonkard (Region 6)
  • Mike Ford (KWOA Treasurer, Region 7)
  • Larry Mann (Region 3, 4, 5 Assigning Secretary; HOF Member)

Detailed information about the Hall of Fame, eligility, selection process and the Hall of Fame Committee can be found in the Officials Hall of Fame Bylaws.


Jimmy Shaw 2015

Jim Shaw officiated in Kentucky for 16 years and is well respected in both the officiating and coaching communities. He has served as a friend and mentor to countless officials around the state. Jimmy is considered the “founding father” of the Kentucky Wrestling Officials Association and served as it’s first president. He officiated in 13 KHSAA State Wrestling Tournaments and served as Mat Captain four times. Jimmy officiated nine Kentucky Wrestling Coaches Association State Dual Tournaments. He was the State Tournament Official of the Year (voted by the coaches) twice and the KHSAA Official of the year twice. He served as the National Federation of High School National wrestling committee Officials Representative from 2009-10 and the KHSAA Wrestling Rules Interpreter from 2008-2014.

David Barnett 2014

David wrestled at Seneca High School and Louisville Central High School and began officiating 1988.  In his 24 year career David officiated his first state tournament in 1995 and worked a total of 18 KHSAA State Wrestling Tournaments. He won the Kentucky Wrestling Coaches Asssociation Official of the Year Award ten times, KHSAA Wrestling Officials of the Year Award in 2006, and the KWOA Official of the Year Award in 2011.  David served a two year term on the National Federal High School Wrestling Association Rule Advisory Board. David was a founding member of the Kentucky Wrestling Officials Association and the KWOA Rookie of the Year Award is named in his honor.

Joe Neely 2014

Joe Neely started officiating high school wrestling in 1979 in Kentucky in Ohio.  Throughout his career he also began to officiate some college wrestling in the region. As the sport of wrestling grew in Kentucky Joe began to decrease his college matches and high school matches in Ohio to focus completely on Kentucky.  In his 27 year career Joe officiated 13 state tournaments. Joe continues to give back to the sport by working with several club teams.

Don Colston 2013

Don Colston wrestled and graduated from Western High School in Louisville, Kentucky.  Don was a KHSAA official for 19 years and officiated the KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament for 16 straight years. Don works for LG&E and now resides in Frankfort, Kentucky.  Don was inducted into the KWOA Hall of Fame by Larry Mann.

Don Salyers 2013

Don Salyers wrestled at Lafayette and Boone County in the late 1960s.  Don officiated eighteen KHSAA state wrestling championships.  He was the KHSAA wrestling rules clinitian and rules interpreter for ten years. Don served four years on the National Federation of High Schools wrestling rules committee that updates and revises the rule book annually.  Don officiated for every college and university in the region that had wrestling programs during his time.  He also officiated for the Big Ten conferenceand officiated the Big Ten Championships. 

Gene Washington 2013

Gene Washington wrestled at Woodford County in the late 1960’s.  Gene officiated 22 state wrestling tournaments trailing only Gary Ingram (KWOA HOF Class of 2010-11). He also officiated at the college level for the University of Kentucky, Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky Universtiy, Georgetown University, and Centre College. He now lives and works in Danville, Illinois.

Chuck Anderson 2012

Prior to stepping into retirement Chuck has a long career promoting the sport of wrestling in Kentucky. Chuck made a positive impact on a great deal of young children’s lives as the coach of Seneca High School. He coached multiple state champions and medalist throughout his career and always had a competitive and well prepared team.

Rion Best 2012

Officiated in multiple state tournaments as a representative from northern Kentucky. Ryan was a very talented official and an oustanding person. His sudden passing due to a four-wheller accident cut short what was sure to be a successful officiating career.

Gary Ingraham 2011

Holds the records for officiating the most consecutive state wrestling tournaments (20+). After retiring from officiating, Gary continued promoting the sport by being involved with the State Tournament in a number of different capacities.

Jack Cline 2011

Started the Woodford County High School wrestling program. Served as the state rules interpreter for several years, as well as, serving as the co-administrator for the State Wrestling Tournament.

Alan Martin 2010

Currently has the third most years (40) as a KHSAA Wrestling Official. Alan has demonstrated an unmatched love for the sport serving as an official and coach for many years at Desales High School in Louisville. Alan is also a great ambassador of the sport and continues to have a positive impact on young children’s lives.

Larry Mann 2010

Currently has the second most years (43) as a KHSAA Wrestling Official. Serving as the assigning representative for the Louisville Metro area, Larry has been instrumental to the recruitment and development of officials. Larry  is a great ambassador of the sport and continues to help promote it through his dedication.