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Ohio Wrestling's Greenlee To Be Inducted Into Ohio Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Ohio Wrestling's Greenlee To Be Inducted Into Ohio Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame


ATHENS, Ohio -- Ohio wrestling head coach Joel Greenlee will be one of eight individuals inducted into the Ohio Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this weekend.

The 2019 Ohio Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Sunday (Oct. 6) at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio.

Greenlee arrived at Ohio University in 1997-98, being hired as an assistant/interim head coach. He was then named the full-time head coach before the 1998-99 season. Greenlee's accomplishments during his first season at Ohio earned him the NWCA National Assistant-Coach-of-the-Year award in 1998. His 1997-98 team finished ninth at the NCAA Tournament - the Bobcats' best finish since 1973 - and won the regular-season MAC title with a 5-0 record in the conference. He coached Dwight Gardner (158) to the school's first individual national title since 1978 and guided Shawn Enright (134) to a second-place national finish. Greenlee enters his 23rd year as head coach at Ohio in 2019-20. During his time leading the Bobcats, the program has logged 12 All-America honors has won two team conference titles and has accounted for 20 individual conference titles. Greenlee owns a career record of 222-163-5.

Greenlee wrestled at the University of Northern Iowa from 1984-89, posting a collegiate record of 127-16-4 and went undefeated in dual meets. A four-time NCAA qualifier and two-time All-American, he won the Midlands Championship in 1989 a year after capturing a Midwest Championship, earning Outstanding Wrestler distinction at both meets. Greenlee also enjoyed success at the international level. He finished second at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 1992 and was selected as a training partner for the Olympic Team. He won the Cerra Pelado Tournament in Cuba in 1993 and the Cuban All-Star Tournament in 1992. He placed third three times at the John E. du Post World Team Trials. Greenlee was an assistant coach at Northern Iowa from 1989-97.

Two former Bobcats will join Greenlee in being honored at the banquet -- David "Clay" Burkhard and Joseph Scaletta. Greenlee and Burkhard have been selected for their Lifetime Service to Wrestling, an award presented each year to coaches, officials and contributors who have given at least 20 years of service to wrestling. Scaletta has been selected to receive Outstanding American from the State of Ohio recognition.

Burkhard competed for Ohio University from 1964-67, earning varsity letters in each of his final two years. Upon the completion of his collegiate career, Burkhard served as a varsity assistant coach at Fairview Park High School for three years before becoming head coach in 1970 and serving in that capacity from 1970-97. He guided Fairview Park to 203 victories, state duals championships in 1994 and '95, 10 top-10 OHSAA finishes and six conference titles. He was named conference coach of the year eight times, Greater Cleveland Coach of the Year seven times and Ohio Coach of the Year in 1984 and '88. Following his time as the Fairview Park head coach, Burkhard served as a varsity assistant coach at Columbia Station High School from 1998-01. In all, Burkhard coached 10 state champions, 19 state finalists, 35 state placers, 61 state qualifiers, 44 sectional champions and 69 conference champions. He was inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Lorain County Wrestling Hall of Fame in '92.

Scaletta wrestled at Ohio University from 1965-69. He then went on to serve as a coach at Columbia Station High School (1969-71) and Bay Village High School (1971-79). Scaletta guided Bay Village to an Ohio AAA Division Co-Championship in 1972 and a runner-up finish in '76. His squads won a district title in 1976, sectional championships in '74 and '76 and conference titles in '72 and '76. Scaletta was named the state coach of the year in 1976-77, Greater Cleveland Coach of the Year in '71-72 and conference coach of the year in '72. Bay Village accounted for the most division I state champions (5) and place winners (4) between 1972-79. Scaletta served as the president of the Greater Cleveland Wrestling Coaches Association from 1974-75. Scaletta left teaching and coaching in 1979 to become the sales manager for Howard Ferguson's real estate firm, Professional Condominiums of America. He became a partner of Ferguson's in 1987, and, upon Ferguson's death in 1989, he bought the assets of the firm and renamed the company Scaletta Development Corporation. He continued to do condominium conversions but expanded to home building, specializing in 55-plus communities and building primary ranch homes.  Most of his communities were named "Community of the Year" for the North Coast Home Building Association (Lorain County) and the Home Building Association of Greater Cleveland. One of his communities was voted "Community of the Year"  for the state of Ohio and won many awards for being environmental friendly. He was on the Board of the North Coast Building Association and the Ohio Home Builders Association. He was inducted into the North Coast Hall of Fame in 2011. Joe met his wife at the 1972 sectional wrestling tournament, and they married in 1973 and had four children. They have eleven grandchildren and the six oldest boys wrestle -- three for Avon and three for Big Walnut in Galena. Joe and his wife reside on Kelleys Island during the summer and Don Pedro Island in Florida during the winter. He is being inducted as an Outstanding American.