Ron Ackerman

Ron Ackerman has officiated for 44 years and is the Assignment Secretary for Gold Country. He has worked 17 State Tournaments, officiated in the Big Ten, MIAC, NCC, and has worked the Division II National Tournament. The past 18 years, he has served as a Rules Clinician for the Minnesota State High School League and has been the Supervisor of Officials for the MSHSL State Wrestling Tournament. Ron is the director of the Minnesota Officials Wrestling Clinic that has been held since 1995. Ron wrestled in high school at Pipestone and college at Gustavus Adolphus.

Derrick Agate



Brad Anderson

Former wrestler 

Helped coach youth

New 20023


Ryder Anderson

TBD, New 20023

Jamie Buchino

TBD, New 20023

Chad Bartschenfeld

TBD, New 20023


Jeff Becker

New Guy 2019-2020

Spencer Beech

Bio Spencer has been officiating since 2008. He has officiated the MSHSL State Tournament and numerous team & individual section tournaments.


Craig Beissel

New 2023

Bill Benson

Bill has officiated for 34yrs and is a Board Member for Gold County.  Has been selected for over 17 State Tournaments including Championship Finals.   Bill currently officiates at all class levels of NCAA events including Big 10, Big 12, NCAA Division II, Division III and NJCAA qualifying tournaments and Championships.  Bill was an All American while wrestling in college.  

John Bergeland

Officiating:  6th year; Coaching 32nd year (Head Coach 19 years – Centennial and Rush City);

Concordia College  1987-1991

Wrestling is the greatest sport in the world!

Carson Bittner


Jacob Bross


Tanner Brunscheon


Jamie Buchino


Shawn Calabrese


Mike Coddington

Mike began officiating with Gold Country in 2013.  He coached wrestling at the middle school and high school level for 10 years before becoming an official.  He did his high school wrestling for Montello, WI and wrestled in college at Wheaton College, IL.  Mike teaches Physical Education in Jordan, MN.

Jill Czeck


Brad Davick

Geoffrey Diehl



Ben Dose

Ben is an experienced state tournament official in a number of sports and wrestled throughout HS. He strives to honor the sport for the enjoyment of athletes, teams, coaches and fans.

Dan Edwards


Cole Ellison



Tyler Faust


Sonny Fite

Sonny grew up wrestling in Minnesota, Kansas, and South Dakota.  Sonny wrestled competitively for 14 years and has been officiating since 2021.

Dale Foster

Website Admin

Rod Frost

Trevor Frost

Paul Genereux

Paul has been officiating since 2008 and is a Level 3 official. He has officiated the Section 2AA Individual and Team Tournaments, Section 2AAA Team Wrestling Tournament, 5AAA Individual Sections and Section 5AA Individuals.   Paul wrestled for Bird Island Lake Lillian High School and Moorhead State University.

Kirby Hanson

I began my officiating career in college and have been blessed with a long and fulfilling career. I’ve officiated numerous MSHSL Section and State individual and team finals along with a hand full of U of M Christmas tournaments and nine years at the Clash National Dual tournament. Living in Red Wing, MN has also gained me convenient access to the Middle Border Conference in Wisconsin. I deeply value the experiences and relationships I have built with my wrestling family over the years.

Michael Hanson

New Official

Eric Herrmann

Eric has been officiating wrestling since 2016. Prior to that he was a varsity head coach and volunteer coach at the youth level.

Glen Hinz

Glen has been a high school wrestling official since 2002. He is currently on the board of directors for Gold Country. Glen has officiated the Minnesota Christmas Tourney, The Clash National High School Wrestling Duals, Dream Team Classic, Bi-State Classic, numerous section and Minnesota State High School Tournaments.  

Gregg Holman

Gregg enjoys officiating Baseball and Wrestling for all ages.  He started with coaching baseball in 1991 to 2000 and then move to officiating baseball in 2001.  He then added Wrestling officiating in 2007.  He also enjoys Hunting and Fishing.

Jason Hyerdall

Coached high school wrestling for 15 years, 

Have been officiating High School and Junior High wrestling for 12 seasons in Illinois 

State Official in Illinois for High School and Junior High

Wrestling Clinician for Illinois

Zach Jacobson

New 2023


Derek Johnson


Grant Johnson


Kelby Johnson


Steve Johnston


Mike Kaufman


Jason Kelly


Paul Kirchberg


Pete Knoble


Chad Kubasch


Robert Lamb

Robert is an Honorary Member of Gold Country.  He currently is the head table worker at Tartan High School.  He has worked many section and state tournaments as a table worker.

Nate Lefebvre


Kip Lynk

Jim MacSwain

Jim has been a MN wrestling  official and Gold Country member since 2007. He has officiated individual and team sections in MN including  3AAA, 4AAA, 4AA, MN 9th grade league and MN  9th  grade team state. He also officiates youth tournaments including those for USA wrestling. Jim officiates in WI and MN.  Jim is a USA wrestling Bronze level coach since 2005 and was a Hudson, WI youth coach 1998-2008, assistant Hudson, WI middle school coach 2003-2008. He is originally from Merrill, WI.

Jeff Mahoney


Paul Marcus

New 2023

Greg Martin

Greg serves as a board member for the Gold Country Wrestling Association.  He has been officiating high school wrestling since 2002.  Greg has officiated several  U of M Christmas Tournaments  along with several Section and State Tournaments. 

Jeff Magnuson

Officiating experience – 40 years overall

Iowa  – 18 years overall with highest ranking  – 14 yrs of sectional tournaments – 5 years of district tournaments

MN  – 10 years officiating at a tournament in Albert Lea while in Iowa

South Dakota – 7 years

Wisconsin – 15 years  – 14 years of regional tournaments


Peyton Mortenson

tbd New 2023

Joe O'Connor

Joe began officiating in Iowa in 1991. In 1995, he made his way to Minnesota.  After 9 years of officiating, he switched over to coaching and cheering on his boys as they wrestled and played other sports.  In 2016, he made his way back into refereeing and has been at it ever since. Joe has worked multiple individual and team sections.  He has also worked the Minnesota State tournament.

Gail Pronschinske

Kirk Rall

Desmond Radunz

Curt Ricard


James Rutt

John Rutt

Craig Sanders

Craig has been an official since 1989 and has worked several MSHSL State and Sectional Tournaments.  He has also been an varsity assistant and head coach.  Craig enjoys working with new officials in the mentoring program.  He wrestled at Charles Page HS in Sand Springs, OK and Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD.

Joel Scalzo

All Around great guy and one heck of a head official!

Jason Scherber

 I have been a wrestling official since 2013. Prior to that I was a head high school wrestling coach for 10 years the varsity level.  I wrestled for Buffalo High School  and St. John?s University. 

Kelly Shanahan

Been a Gold Country referee for many years.  Has refereed Section and State tournaments

Chris Silvis

New 2023

Justin Stevens

New 2023

Rod Stevens


David Symanitz

Wrestled for Norwood Young America high school and in college for Ridgewater College. Officiated multiple Christmas tournaments, Rumble on the red, sections and Minnesota State High School tournament.

Brad Vanderveen


Jacob Vevea

Terry White



Nathan Whiting

Nathan was a coach for 19 years and wrestled at SCSU where he was a two-time NCAA National Qualifier.