Hall of Fame – 1986
Recollection by a former coach shows Rod to be the “coolest referee” he ever saw. “He never got flustered or shook and nearly lost control of the match”—qualitites coaches need to see in a referee. Rod’s training for this highly demanding spot in wrestling began as he wrestled for Fremont High School. Graduating in 1963 he was runner-up at 165 at the state tournament. He then competed at Midland College, being on the varsity team four years and graduating in 1967. He began coaching in Grand Island the following year bringing home the Class A title in 1973. A career in refereeing for 18 years that has led him to the state tournament many times gives strength and respect to his position of referee.