Hall of Fame – 1996
Omaha Tech was in the business of producing outstanding, super-quality wrestlers, and David Washington is one more example. As a club wrestler for the Exploradores under Joe Edmondson (Hall ’94), he holds a record of 563-10, also winning the Tulsa Nationals 2x before entering high school. Here he compiled a record of 89-2. He was a 3x state finalist and a 2x State Champ. He was the first person in Nebraska history to become a 3x Metro Champ. Still gathering firsts, he became the first Nebraskan to be chosen for the Pennsylvania Wrestling Classic. During his high school career, David finished first in 24 of the 25 tournaments he entered. Most impressive! Add to this his selection to the High School Dream Team, All American, and 3rd place in the USWF National Tournament and you can easily see Omaha Tech graduated the best. Choosing Missouri for college, he did not wrestle his first year, but was lured back to UNO under Coach Mike Denney (Hall ’86), where he continued to bring in the honors. After “red-shirting” one year, he took second in the Great Plains Tournament and 3rd in the St. Louis Open in 1980. An Army Reserve First Lieutenant and a graduate of UNO, he has been teaching and coaching at Omaha North High School. In his 5 years as an assistant, he helped the North wrestlers to become State Champs 3x, taking second 2x. He is presently co-head coach at North. Most important in his life has been his wedding day and then the birth of his daughter, Jasmine. In wrestling he proudly remembers wrestling in the Pennsylvania Classic with such greats at Kenny Monday, Barry Davis, and Kevin Darcus as teammates. David is introduced by his friend and Omaha North co-head coach Curlee Alexander (Hall ’91).