Being a former official, I will say that you are right. These kids deserve top level officiating for the work that they have put in.
Here is the rub with officiating events. The finals come at the end of the day. That means that after 8.5 hours + (and trust me its most of the time much more +) of grinding, calling hard matches, getting up, getting down, running across the mat, keeping score in your head, dealing with coaches, dealing with scorers table, and dealing with fans - After 8.5 hours + of ALL of that, the official is tasked with calling matches that are the most important and often times most difficult of the day... I don't know about you, but that's not when I would be my sharpest.
How do we combat that or solve the problem? More officials to provide more breaks to the officials during the day. What does it take for that to happen? 1 - a large pool of officials. 2 - money.
1 - How do we get more officials? Pay them properly, recruit, and make it a safe environment to "work" in. If you think of all 3 aspects, they all hit each other. It's hard to recruit if we can't pay enough. It's hard to ask officials to work in hostile environment and recruit others to do the same, etc. etc.
2 - Officiating isn't a tax write off. They are there for the sport, but also want to be compensated for their time, efforts, and knowledge. Do you think that programs/schools and in turn parents would be willing to pay more for registration fee's for their child to wrestle so that tournament fees could be higher to support having more officials to provide more breaks say they remain sharp? Another consideration - In most states (I'm not sure about KY), middle school pays less than high school. So your higher skilled officials can pick and choose where the guys beginning their officiating career will take what they can get to develop skill. Want high skilled at all middle school events - pay more to officials (which in turn costs more to the wrestler/family).
I'm not meaning to insult or point fingers, these are just the realities. I don't think there is a silver bullet answer to solve it all. We all have to as a state hope that officiating numbers get better and the quality of the product on the map follows and gets better.
Best of luck to all this year!