Edmonds resident Ed Aliverti, a former Edmonds School District music teacher who was known as one of the greatest wrestling announcers of all time, passed away Wednesday morning following a long battle with cancer, the family announced.
“Ed Aliverti changed the way wrestling was presented to the public. He was a pioneer and leader in professionalizing the presentation of the sport,” said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender. “He was a constant ambassador for wrestling wherever he went. His passing leaves a big hole in our sport and our organization. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Shirley, the entire Aliverti family and all of his friends around the world.”
According to a post on The Mat.com, Mr. Aliverti “made a tremendous impact on USA Wrestling and the entire sport for many decades, setting the standard for those who handling public announcing at competitions. He worked all of the major events in our sport, from the youth level through the Olympic Games. He was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1994.”
Mr. Aliverti had been announcing wrestling events since the late 1950s, including hundreds of high school and collegiate championships and competitions and the Washington State High School Championships since 1964. On the international level, he announced the World Championships, Goodwill and Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games in Los Angeles (1984), Seoul, Korea (1988), Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). He also served as the announcer for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the NCAA Division I Awards Banquet.
Mr. Aliverti taught at Edmonds High School, Mountlake Terrace High School, Lynnwood High School and Edmonds Community College. He was also known for his work as announcer at the annual Edmonds Fourth of July parade.
The family, which had been keeping a blog on Mr. Aliverti’s illness, posted the following information Wednesday:
“It is with a heavy heart and great sadness to let you all know that my Dad, Ed Aliverti, passed away peacefully this morning at 5:48.
He fought such a valiant fight. I am so proud of him. I love you Popsicle. You are my hero, today and forever.
Today, take a moment to hug those you love and think back to a time you spent with Dad. I bet you’ll smile.
I will post a time and location for his party when that information becomes available.
God bless you all. Thank you for everything. “