The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame announced four inductees for induction into the IWHOF as part of the Class of 2017. Included for induction is Ohio wrestling head coach Joel Greenlee. Greenlee will be inducted alongside his brother, Justin, as the pair become just the sixth set of brothers to be inducted into the IWHOF.
Greenlee is in his 20th season at the helm of the Ohio wrestling team. He has accumulated a career record of 211-148-5. During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Greenlee saw six individuals earn qualifying bids for the NCAA Wrestling Championships, a then program-best, before seeing seven earn bids for the 2016 NCAA Championships, including five automatic qualifiers.
Greenlee was an Iowa State Champion while wrestling at Waverly in high school. As a collegiate wrestler, Greenlee put together a stellar career at the University of Northern Iowa. He was a two-time All-American, finishing second in 1989 and fourth in 1988. Greenlee is still the holder of three UNI wrestling records in winning percentage with a career record of 127-16-4 (.878), career dual victories (58), and dual victories in a season with 20 during the 1986-87 season.
Greenlee success extended to the international level as he finished second at the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials, won the Cuban All-Star Tournament in 1992 and the Cerra Pelado Tournament in 1993 in Cuba. Greenlee was also selected to be a training partner for the U.S Olympic team and placed third three times at the John E. du Post World Team Trials.
The 48th Annual Awards Banquet at Cresco Country Club in Cresco, Iowa on April 10th beginning with a social hour at 5:30 followed by the banquet beginning at 6:30. Banquet tickets can be purchased through the Cresco Chamber of Commerce (563-547-3434), Farmers Mill, and CIA Insurance in Cresco (563-547-2382). Tickets are $25 and advanced registration is required.