Manley leads Grand March

Posted February 26, 2020 at 1:57 am

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Doug Manley of Akron was one of two people chosen to lead the 2020 Grand March at the state high school wrestling tournament in Des Moines Feb. 22.

Manley and fellow official, Bill Roths of Cedar Falls, are both Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Officials Hall of Fame members and longtime state wrestling officials’ supervisors. Manley was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2010 and Roths in 1999.

Beginning in 1979, Manley began officiating and worked 18 Iowa state wrestling tournaments, including 16 championship rounds.

While in high school, Manley placed fifth at the state wrestling tournament in 1979, which began his love of the sport and wanted to become an official. He took up officiating and spent 29 years as an official.

Manley has been named Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association’s (IWCOA) Official of the Year twice and has served as chairperson of IWCOA’s Northwest District for 10 years.

Manley has worked as the supervisor of officials for the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) national tournament since 2005. He has worked as Iowa High School Athletic Association’s evaluator of officials since his retirement in 2008 and also serves as a rules interpreter.

Manley was inducted into the National Wrestling all of Fame in 2013.

Manley and his wife, Crystal, have two daughters, Kayla and Jerod Bruget and Kashe and Chris Utesch, and four grandchildren.

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