COLUMBUS – Chuck Sherer is pretty well booked up in June – a month that will find the Columbus Police chief’s four-plus decades of going to the mat for the sport he loves rewarded with induction into two hall of fame museums.
Sherer is being enshrined in the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his contributions to wrestling on June 8 in Grand Island. He’ll be honored at 5 p.m. at the hall of fame’s banquet at Borders Inn & Suites.
The 58-year-old Sherer, who has been a wrestling competitor, coach and official, is being recognized for his range of activities on the mat.
“I’ve done a bit of everything so I’m being inducted as a contributor,” said Sherer, who got involved in wrestling in his teens. Although the sport became his passion, he admitted he was “only an average high school wrestler.”
On June 26, Sherer be inducted into the AAU National Wrestling Hall of Fame during an event in Orlando, Florida. The AAU hall is being lauded for more than 30 years of officiating at the club, high school and collegiate levels.
Both honors came with a jolt.
“They were quite a surprise,” Sherer said. “I didn’t think I was deserving, but I’m humbled by the inductions.”
Sherer’s love of wrestling was a spark for his youngest son Jay – a two-time state champion Columbus High and Division II national champion at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota – getting involved in the sport.
“Jay earned the accolades,” said his father, a four-year letterman and a 1978 graduate of Wakefield High School. The chief said his son was helped by his support at home, but his success was aided especially by quality coaching at the high school and college levels.
His son now works as a pharmacist in Lincoln.
Sherer put on an official’s striped shirt and whistle in the mid-1980s when organizers of a local junior high event were looking for someone to officiate matches.
“They somehow got my name,” Sherer said. “I dabbled in it (for some time) and then really got into it.”
The chief went from working club and off-season events to officiating high school, college and AAU wrestling events.
Since 2002, Sherer has been the Huskerland Wrestling Official/State Official Chairman; head official for the Huskerland Youth Wrestling Championships; head official for the Cornhusker State Games in Lincoln since 2002; and the AAU Middle School Duals since 2002.
It has been a busy schedule, but it’s getting quite a bit less hectic since he was named police chief less than a year ago.
“I’ve cut back quite a bit,” said Sherer, noting that his officiating activities have been scaled back by half in junior high and junior varsity, by one-fourth at the varsity level and 90 percent at the college level.
The new job is the first priority.
“I’m just trying to find a balance,” Sherer said.