Lindberg Concludes Storied Officiating Career

A Mentor man’s 35-year career as a wrestling referee came to a conclusion at this year’s state tournament. Brian “Bucky” Lindberg concluded his officiating career refereeing the Minnesota Class AA heavyweight state championship match on Saturday, Feb. 27.

It was the final match of the night and as James Huwe of Detroit Lakes and Logan Swanson of Mankato East stepped on the mat, Lindberg briefly realized that he was about to officiate his last match.

“When they shook hands, I thought, this is it,” Lindberg said. “But once you start, you can’t think about it,” Lindberg said.

Lindberg quickly regained focus and officiated his final state tournament match with the same focus that made him one of Minnesota’s top wrestling officials for more than three decades. Continue reading at