Tom Maki has been a wrestling official for 25 years after a competitive wrestling career in high school at Lakes and in college at Highline in the 1970s. Tom placed third in state while at Lakes, from which he graduated in 1973. Since then he has worked as an official at 24 sub regional tournaments, 21 regionals and four state tournaments. Most recently he spent two years as an evaluator of officials at the Mat Classic state tournament at the Tacoma Dome. He is active in refereeing association circles, spending 5 1/2 years on the executive board and becoming an integral part of training and mentoring new officials. Tom is widely respected by fellow officials, coaches and athletes. For example, his selection to evaluate officials at Mat Classic was overwhelmingly approved by those he would be evaluating. One official commented, “Tom Maki is an excellent official. He’s been there. He knows what he’s talking about. He will tell it straight and he will be unbiased and fair. I’m glad he is here.” On the side, Maki is a sales representative for Manke Lumber. He also finds time to referee competitions in kids leagues, middle schools and high schools for the Western Washington Wrestling Officials Association.