Joe Williams was another wrestler that got his start in the IKWF (Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation) at a young age. As you can see from his list of accomplishments below (thank you Jason Stauffenberg for supplying this) getting an early start really paid dividends for Williams.
Joe is the middle of three brothers with Stevie being the oldest and T.J. being the youngest. Stevie was a 3X State champ in the IKWF for The Harvey Twisters Club, a 2X IHSA State champ from Mt. Carmel and a 2X NJCAA Champion in which he pinned every opponent both times he won the championship. Stevie has since passed away. Joe was a 2X State champ for the Harvey Twister Wrestling club in the IKWF and you can see his many other accomplishments below. Youngest brother T.J. was a 3X State champ in the IKWF for the Harvey Twisters Wrestling Club, a 4X State champion for Mt. Carmel High School and a NCAA Champion at Iowa. T.J. Also has the distinction of holding the school record for career winning percentage with a record of 98-1 for the Hawkeyes.
According to an article by Kevin Askeiland of maxpreps.com dated March 11, 2009 the Williams brothers are ranked 6th in the country as most accomplished wresting brothers of all time. The Williams are accompanied by familiar names such as; Abas (#5 spot), Tirapelle (#4 spot), Brands (#3 spot), Smith (#2 spot) and at the #1 spot is Dave and Mark Schultz. Link to the article is below.
Joe Williams list of achievements;
10x National Freestyle Champion
6x US. Senior National Freestyle Champion
5x World Team Member
4x World Cup Champion
2005 U.S. Senior National Freestyle Champion
2005 World Team Member
2004 Fifth Place in Olympic Games
2004 U.S. Senior National Freestyle Champion
2004 Olympic Team Member
2003 U.S. Senior National Freestyle Champion
2003 World Team Member
2003 World Cup Champion
2003 NYAC International Open Champion
2003 Pan American Games Champion
2003 Third Place in Cup of Independence (Uzbekistan)
2003 Olympic Qualifier Champion (Slovakia)
2002 U.S. Senior National Freestyle Champion
2002 Freestyle Wrestler of the Year – USA Wrestling
2002 U.S. National Championships Wrestler of the Year
2002 World Cup Champion
2002 World Team Member
2002 First Place Kiev Grand Prix (Ukraine)
2002 Third Place Yasar Dogu Tournament (Turkey)
2001 Third Place World Championships
2001 World Team Member
2001 World Cup Champion
2001 Takhti Cup champion (Iran)
2001 Manitoba Open Champion (Canada)
2001 U.S. Senior National Freestyle Champion
2001 Freestyle Belt Award Winner – USA Wrestling
2000 World Cup Champion
2000 Second Place US National
2000 Third Place Olympic Trials
2000 Kiev Grand Prix Champion
1999 Pan Am Games Champion
1999 U.S. Senior National Freestyle Champion
1999 Manitoba Open Champion
1999 Fourth Place World Championships
Sunkist Open Champion
3x Collegiate National Champion
2x Big Ten Champion
10x Midlands Champion
Junior National Freestyle & Greco Champion
4x Illinois High School State Champion
Outstanding Wrestler NCAA Tournament (1998)
Student Athlete Advisory Board (1997, 98)
Represented The University of Iowa at NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference
2x Mike Howard Award Winner (1996-97, 1997-98)
John H. Sill “Most Dedicated Wrestler both on and off the mat” (1997-98)
Marshall Stewart Memorial Award “for athletic ability and academic excellence” (1997)
Mike J. McGivern Sr. Award “Most Courageous” (1997-98) University Freestyle Champion (1995)
Named to IWCOA Hall of Fame (1999)
Wrote “Competitive Edge” article in Training & Conditioning Magazine July /August Vol. XI No.5 Honors & Awards 1998
Won 3rd NCAA title, named outstanding wrestler of NCAA tournament, Big Ten Wrestler of the month for March, became Iowa’s 14th four-time all-American, ranked #1 by AWN and Intermat/WIN all season, won Sill award for dedication, and shared Team MVP with Mark Ironside and Jeff McGinness. 1997
Won 2nd NCAA title, Won third consecutive Midlands title, becoming only the sixth wrestler in the 33-year, 6,500-wrestler tournament history to do so. Shared Team MVP with Mark Ironside, Lincoln McIlravy and Mike Mena.
1996 Won 1st NCAA title, won 1st Big Ten title, finished with best team record 36-1, won McGivern team award.
1995 Reshirted was undefeated at 15-0, placed first at Midlands while wrestling unattached.
1994 Complied a 30-7 record as a true freshman, wrestled part of the season unattached before moving into the line-up, finished seventh in NCAA meet, won 14 of 15 matches.
High School Named to Wrestling USA’s all-America team and 13 member Dream Team, first team all-American by AWN, four-time Illinois state champion, named Chicago Tribune’s 1992-1993 Illinois High School Athlete of the Year, finished prep career with 162-1 record. Only loss was a disqualification resulting from an illegal slam as a freshman, had 95 career falls.
Accomplishments contributed by Coach Jason Stauffenberg.
As you look over the individual accomplishments it’s difficult to determine which is the most impressive. One of the most accomplished wrestlers to come out of Illinois and definitely one of the most accomplished wrestling families in Illinois, Williams is now an assistant coach at the University of Iowa. Previous to this Williams was the strength and conditioning coach for the Hawkeyes. Williams earned a B.A. in 1998 from the University of Iowa in sociology and communication studies. He and his wife, Kim, have a son, Kaleb.
If you are a wrestler from Illinois, chances are you have heard of the William’s family. Joe is still very involved in summer camps and clinics. For more information on this, visit the Joe Williams website at; www.williamstrainingacademy.com. 2014 Summer Training is posted.
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