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John Hnath is a 1982 graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School and a 1987 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He was coached at Mt. Lebanon by PWCA Hall of Fame coach George Lamprinakos. Hnath was a WPIAL AAA runner-up in 1981 as a junior and his senior season was cut short by an injury. In college, Hnath was a four-year starter at Pitt, and a two-time team captain. His most notable accomplishment as a D1 wrestler was qualifying for the NCAA Championships in 1985. However, his collegiate legacy will be less defined by his success as a competitor, but rather by his outstanding officiating resume. Hnath is a well-respected as a Division I and high school referee, having begun officiating in 2001. Hnath served as President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Officials from 2001-2013. He has officiated at the NCAA Division I Championships 12 consecutive years while balancing his refereeing with his day job, the President and owner of General Fabricating Services, a local light manufacturing company. Perhaps what will be his most enduring effect on the sport, Hnath was a key founder of the Mt. Lebanon Youth Wrestling Association and served as a coach for many years. He is also an active committee member of the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic and was inducted into the Southwestern PA Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2021.

John Hnath

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