Long-time wrestling official Jon Jamison receives award for 25 years of service

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Jon Jamison poses with his award in recognition of 25 years as a wrestling official. PHOTO BY LIBBIE RANDALL/THE PERRY CHIEF

Jon Jamison is a long-time Perry citizen and has spent over half of his time in the area reffing various wrestling matches and tournaments. This year, Jamison received an award for his efforts in the sport from the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

The award is in recognition and appreciation of Jamison’s dedicated service to the IHSAA and its member schools for 25 years as an active official.

Jamison started participating in wrestling when he was in high school and had a strong desire to give back to the sport.

In his 15th year as a wrestling official, Jamison become a part of the Central Iowa Wresting Association, which is a group of officials who referee various events in and around the area.

In his earlier years as an official, Jamison would volunteer when he was needed at Perry wrestling events. He would work with Perry Athletic Director Tom Lipovak to coordinate and schedule his time to officiate these events.

Jamison has officiated wrestlers of all ages, but is primarily a referee for junior high school wrestling matches.

Jamison attributes his long-standing role in wrestling to his desire to be involved.

“I would rather be on the mat than watching from the stands,” Jamison said. “As with anything I do, I would rather be involved than just watch.”