Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wrestling Rules for Dormont High Grad

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wrestling Rules for Dormont High Grad

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Just look at the March 15th issue of Sports Illustrated and you'll see why Fred Ambrose could not attend the PIAA wrestling championships to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Ambrose, a graduate of Dormont High School who now lives in Allison Park, was officiating at the Big 12 championships at Ames, Iowa. He appears on Page 5 of Sports Illustrated, holding up the hand of 149-pound champion Zack Esposito of Oklahoma State.

"I felt bad that I couldn't attend the PIAA championships, but I had already committed to the Big 12 when I was informed of the induction ceremony," said Ambrose, who also could not attend a second induction ceremony that was held at the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic.

"They recognized me at Hershey when they announced the other inductees, but didn't award the plaque until the following week at the Classic. I was in Minnesota officiating at the NCAA Division II championships that weekend, so my daughter, Andrea, accepted on my behalf."

It's no surprise that Ambrose is on the move at this time of the year. He ranks No. 3 in the country among NCAA wrestling officials.

"I'm on the road almost every weekend during the wrestling season," said Ambrose. "I do matches at Iowa, Iowa State, Arizona State, Reno, Minnesota, etc. They fly me out on Friday, I officiate the match or matches on Saturday, then fly back home on Sunday."

Ambrose also worked the NCAA Division I tournament, which was held last weekend in St. Louis.

"I was one of 20 officials who worked the NCAA tournament," said Ambrose. "Our rankings are determined every year at the end of the season through a vote of NCAA Division I coaches."

Ambrose is in his 37th year of officiating. "I've worked 27 NCAA tournaments, Division I and Division II combined."

Ambrose graduated from Dormont High School in 1963 after starting two years at 145 pounds for the Bulldogs. …

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