Reggie Wright coaching at Indiana University. Wright was recently inducted into the IWCOA Hall of Fame. | Indiana University Athletic Department
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Reggie Wright, a two-time state champion who wrestled for Proviso East in the mid-1990s, was recently inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame, which made the announcement late last year.
On Feb. 17, the Class of 2017 inductees were honored during the IHSA Individual State Championships in Champaign. They’ll be officially inducted into the IWCOA Hall of Fame during an award banquet on April 22.
Wright still holds the record at Proviso East for most career wins (160). After a stellar high school career, he went on to wrestle at Triton, where he became a National Junior College Champion, before enrolling at Oklahoma State. While with the Cowboys, Wright was a three-time Big 12 champion and a three-time All-American.
According to a Wednesday Journal profile, “Wright’s post-collegiate wrestling accomplishments are also impressive, highlighted by a third-place finish at the Acropolis Tournament in Athens, Greece and a fourth-place showing at the U.S. Open.
“As an assistant at Indiana University for six years, he coached 10 All-Americans and six Academic All-Americans, including two-time NCAA champion Joe Dubuque. After his successful stint at IU, Wright became the head coach at Delaware State University. He holds master’s degrees in kinesiology and school business management.”
Ironically, Wright is being inducted into the IWCOA Hall of Fame along with Oak Park and River Forest High School wrestling star Alan Cartwright, the son of hall of fame Proviso East wrestling coach Bill Cartwright.
Read a 1995 Chicago Tribune article on the hard work that Wright put into winning his first state title by clicking here. VFP