Heskett Inducted Into Glen Brand Hall of Fame
WATERLOO, Iowa – Four-time All-American wrestler Joe Heskett was inducted as a member of the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame on Sunday, joining an elite fraternity of former NCAA, Olympic and world champions.
Heskett, who is one of 11 Iowa State wrestlers in school history to earn All-America honors four times, has the third most wins in Cyclone history at 143, trailing only Mike Land (150) and Cael Sanderson (159). The Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio native, finished his illustrious Cyclone career with a 93.46 career win percentage (143-10), good for the fourth best win percentage all-time at Iowa State.
Heskett wrestled his entire collegiate career at 165 pounds. As a freshman in 1999, he took third at NCAA Championships in State College, Pa. As a sophomore and junior in 2000 and 2001, he fell just short of an NCAA title, finishing second both years at the national tournament. As a senior in 2002, Heskett capped off a perfect season and took home the individual NCAA title at 165 pounds. Heskett was one of three NCAA champions for ISU that season, as the Cyclones finished second in the team race behind Minnesota.
Heskett, who racked up 58 pins in his career, also owns three Midlands titles (1998, 2000 and 2001) and three Big 12 titles (1999, 2001 and 2002).
After college, Heskett enjoyed a successful career competing internationally on the freestyle scene for Team USA. Heskett just missed a spot on the 2004 Olympic team, as he took second at the U.S. Olympic Trials and served as alternate. He won the 2007 World Team Trials, placing fifth at the 2007 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. He captured the silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games.
Heskett was favored to represent the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games in Bejing. He was ranked the No. 1 wrestler for Team USA at 74 KG (163 pounds) in 2007-08 leading up to the U.S. Olympic Trials in Las Vegas. Eight months before the trails, Heskett was forced to retire due to a heart ailment, ending his wrestling career.
In 2010 after assistant coaching stints at Cal-Poly and Ohio State, Heskett was named the head wrestling coach at Army where he remains today.
The Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa was founded in 2002 and recognizes those who have impacted the sport of wrestling on a national level, as well as in the state of Iowa. It recognizes native Iowans and others who have achieved their fame wrestling or coaching at an Iowa school.
Troy Steiner, Terry Steiner, Kirk Meyers and Dale Brand join Heskett as distinguished members of the 2013 HOF class.