Ed was a gifted high school music teacher, and although he never wrestled himself, was a legendary international wrestling announcer for over 50 years. He was born in 1932 and graduated as Walla Walla High’s Valedictorian in 1950. In 1955, he graduated Cum Laude from Washington State College.
He began teaching at Edmonds High in 1958. When building a school choir, some wrestlers joined one of his choir classes. After showing an interest in their sport, the wrestling coach asked him to announce wrestling meets. In 1964, he began announcing the state high school wrestling tournament. He was invited to announce elsewhere including the NCAA Championships in ’73, NAIA Nationals in ’81, five Olympic Games, the Goodwill Games, Pan American Games, and 20+ World Championships.
He often sang the National Anthem at meets and occasionally, national anthems for other countries. In 2007, the WIAA recorded his singing “God Bless America”. This rendition will be played at future state championship matches.
Ed’s honors include NAIA Wrestling Hall of Fame, National Wrestling Hall of Fame, WIAA’s Outstanding Service to Youth Award, and FILA’s Gold Star for Meritorious Service.
In 1976, Ed moved from Lynnwood High School to Edmonds Community College where he became a fixture and served in the positions of director of college information and school relations, director of admissions and counseling and in 1985, the associate dean for student services, until he retired in 1988.
Ed passed away in February 3, 2010.