Bob Colgan Wrestling Official
50 Year Tribute

Everyone knows there would be no interscholastic sports without
the student-athletes. Having said that, there would be no
contests without PIAA officials and/or umpires.


These PIAA representatives work to promote the rules, fairness in play,

safety, and good sportsmanship. The District IX Committee would like to
pay special recognition to an individual who has devoted 50 years
to officiating wrestling in District IX.


Mr. Colgan, a 1970 graduate of Brockway Area High School was a member

of the football and wrestling team for the Rovers. He was a two-year starter

for the wrestling team and has been involved ever since with the sport.

He began his referee career during the 1972/1973 season and is
presently in his 51st year of officiating.


During these years, he did matches from the Junior Olympic level to officiating a

few college matches, but through it all, he enjoyed meeting so many wrestling
fans who he is still in touch with today.


Over the years Bob has referred four generations of families who have been

involved with wrestling.


His officiating career includes thirty-five DIX individual championships, seven DIX

team Dual Championships, thirty-two class AA and AAA Northwest regional wrestling

championships, eight PIAA Individual State Championships, and six PIAA Team


In addition to his many years as a referee, he has served in several positions as an

officer of the Northcentral Chapter of PIAA Wrestling Officials. In the year 2019 Bob

was inducted into the DIX Wrestling Hall of Fame.


He is now retired after 39 years working for Brockway Glass Company and is
enjoying his family and the outdoors. Bob is married to the former Diane Prechtl who

he shares the pleasure of spending time with their four children along with their eight

grandchildren. ​

Thank you, Bob Colgan, for your 50+ years of dedication and  hardwork.


Presenting Mr. Colgan with a plaque is Mr. Randy Cathcart, a past member of the

DIX Committee and longtime wrestling chairman and Mr. Peter Grecco, the current

wrestling chairman of District IX.