Although this may be his first year in the St. Thomas wrestling program, Wrestling Coach Phillip Joseph has a myriad of experiences at a variety of levels with regard to wrestling.
Beginning his career at Lapeer East High, in Michigan, Joseph earned a 202-18 record throughout his high school career. In fact, Joseph had a perfect record his senior season going 64-0. After high school, Joseph continued his career at Eastern Michigan University where he continued an excellent wrestling career.
Throughout his career at EMU, Joseph earned a spot on the top ten list of all-time wins, wrestling in the 174 and 184 weight class. Clearly, Joseph has had not only a variety of experiences, but also a significant amount of success in the process.
Upon entering the St. Thomas community, Joseph has noticed a distinct aura of discipline within the wrestling program both during and outside of the season. Despite the young age of the team, Joseph says he has, “high expectations for the kids”, and with regards to the age of the team Joseph said, “the younger the better”.
With such a large group of younger wrestlers, Coach Joseph expects them to have the opportunity to develop through their remaining years at St. Thomas, and become better wrestlers with his help. When asked what he hopes to accomplish with the team, Joseph emphasized that there is no expectation with regards to wins and losses, but instead “for the kids to come in and give 100 percent every day”. Although Coach Joseph expects the wrestling team to compete at a high level, he has a higher desire for the team to work hard and to be open to coaching.
Historically, the St. Thomas wrestling program has been known for their success and ability to produce finalists in state every year. This year is no different with seniors such as Ty Huggins (wrestling at 160) who has taken on the role of captain, and is expected “to set an example in every way”. Expanding on his statement, Coach Joseph states that he not only wants the seniors to lead the way on the mat, but also outside of the sport, in school and in every day life serving as a model of how to act.
With the help of Coach Joseph, the wrestling program should see a great increase in not only the success of the the wrestling program, but also the development of teammates.
See Coach Joseph in action against Caleb Busson of Northern Illinois.