Jan Crall honored by wrestling team

Jan Crall being honored by Albia Coach Dave Wenger at last week’s wrestling meet.

On Thursday the ACHS wrestling team recognized Jan Crall for her contributions to the program. Crall graduated from Albia Community High School in 1964 and then attended Centerville Community College and the University of Northern Iowa.

She began her teaching career at Fort Madison Jr. High where she taught 7th grade English and coached junior high girls’ basketball and girls’ track. She then earned a master’s degree in school counseling and worked at Aquinas Jr.-Sr. High and then Fort Madison High School. She was also an adjunct teacher for Southeastern Community College.

Crall became interested in the school’s wrestling program and compiled their statistics and kept score. She then became involved in the international style of wrestling and became a pairings official (those who do brackets and paperwork for the tournaments).

She worked at freestyle and Greco-Roman tournaments throughout Iowa and the nation and conducted clinics for other officials for the United States Wrestling Federation. At one time she was the third highest ranked pairings official for USWF and she worked as an official at the 1984 Olympic Games as well as five other international tournaments.

She was the first-ever certified female mat official for USWF. and worked at the head table for the NCAA Division I wrestling tournament for 26 years.

Crall is also a current board member for the Monroe County Historical Society and Museum in Albia. Recently, the museum sustained major flood damage following heavy rains last fall. As a result, teachers and staff recently orchestrated a Jean’s Day to raise $375 for the museum to show our appreciation for all that Jan has done for our school district.