Amateur wrestler turned pro wrestler headed to Hall of Fame

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“The Great Wojo” to enter Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame
WATERLOO, Iowa—One of the greatest amateur wrestlers to step foot in a wrestling ring will be inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum will induct Greg Wojciechowski into the Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member.

The 2015 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend will take place July 10-11.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Wojciechowski won Ohio state wrestling championships in 1967 and 1968. He continued wrestling at the University of Toledo, where he was three-time NCAA championship finalist (1970-1972) and an NCAA champion (1971) at heavyweight. Wojciechowski’s overall career college record was 55-2-1. He was also a 13-time national AAU champion (eight freestyle and five Greco-Roman), a two-time World team member (1970 and 1978) and a member of the 1980 Olympic freestyle team.

Known as “The Great Wojo,” Wojciechowski began his career in professional wrestling during the boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games. He won the World Wrestling Association title (Indianapolis) three times, including a series of matches against 2014 Tragos/Thesz Hall of Famer Scott Steiner during that time.

Wojciechowski would regularly offer $10,000 to anyone who could pin him in the ring. He never lost a match during any of these bouts. “The Great Wojo” retired from professional wrestling competition at the end of 1993.

“Anything associated with Dan Gable is an honor,” said Wojciechowski. “I’m proud of my amateur wrestling background and, even though it was short, my professional wrestling background.”

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum will continue to release honorees into the 2015 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2015 includes three Distinguished Members (two living, one posthumous) along with recipients of the Lou Thesz Award, Jim Melby Award, Frank Gotch Award, and the George Tragos Award.

All-access passes to the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame induction weekend are available for $100. They can pre-ordered by contacting the Dan Gable Museum at dgmstaff@nwhof.org or by calling (319) 233-0745.

A full schedule of events will be released on a later date.

2015 Hall of Fame induction class
Lou Thesz Award—Brian Blair
Jim Melby Award—TBA
Frank Gotch Award—TBA
George Tragos Award—TBA
Distinguished Member (living)—Greg Wojciechowski
Distinguished Member (living)—TBA
Distinguished Member (posthumous)—TBA