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 Greg Wojciechowski
4 Time AAU Champion


As an amateur wrestler, Wojciechowski wrestled for Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio, where he won the Ohio state heavyweight championship in 1967 and 1968. He went to college and wrestled for the University of Toledo. In 1971, Wojciechowski won the NCAA heavyweight championship; he was the runner-up in 1970 and 1972. He is also a 4-time AAU champion in the heavyweight division, having won the championship in 1970, 1971, 1974, and 1975. He also made the U.S. Olympic wrestling team in 1980, however he was unable to compete when President Jimmy Carter forced the United States to boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics. He was an alternate on the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic wrestling teams. Greg for several years was either the best amateur heavyweight in the United States or a notch from the top in freestyle or Greco-Roman or both.

As a professional wrestler, Wojciechowski was trained by William Afflis (who wrestled as "Dick the Bruiser") and mainly wrestled in the World Wrestling Association. He wrestled in the WWA as "The Great Wojo", won his first WWA World Heavyweight Championship in July 1984. In January 1985, Wojciechowski lost the title to his trainer, Dick the Bruiser; Wojciechowski regained the title from Dick the Buriser in September 1985, ending Dick the Bruiser's final reign as WWA Champion. In the summer of 1986, Wojciechowski lost the title to future wrestling superstar Scott Steiner (who wrestled under the name Scott Rechsteiner), but Wojciechowski regained the title for a final time in May 1987.

While in the WWA, Wojciechowski offered $10,000 to any person who could pin him in the ring in a "shoot" match. The challengers were always taken out of the audiences. Wojciechowski used his professional wrestling skills and his amateur wrestling skills to remain undefeated; he was never defeated in these challenges.

Wojciechowski has since retired from active competition. During his amateur and pro careers, he was a wrestling coach for Libbey High School and later Bowsher High School (both in Toledo, Ohio). Wojciechowski was forced to retire due to a dissected aorta, the same heart ailment which killed actor John Ritter.

Championships and Accomplishments

Amateur

  • 2-time Ohio state high school heavyweight champion (1967, 1968)
  • 1-time NCAA heavyweight champion (1971)
  • 4-time AAU heavyweight champion (1971, 1972, 1974, 1975)
  • 1-time U.S. Olympic wrestling team member (1980)
  • 2-time U.S. Olympic wrestling team alternate member (1984, 1988)
  • University of Toledo Athletics Hall of Fame

Professional

  • 3-time WWA World Heavyweight Champion
 


Other Noted
Toledo Polish-Americans

Judith Ann Lanzinger - Jurist

Adam Grant - Figure Master

Alice Robie Resnick - Jurist

Paulina Tul Ortyl - Dance

Dick Misiuda - Activist

More to come

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