Audio Interview: Joe Leblanc

12/12/2012
Takedown Radio

Joe Leblanc








They had a rough weekend going up against the number 1 team in the country. The Indiana University wrestling team (5-3, 0-1 Big Ten) fell victim to #1 Penn State (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten), 52-0, in front of a sold-out crowd inside Rec Hall.

Eighth-ranked heavyweight Adam Chalfant posted a first-period takedown and added an escape in the second stanza to hold a 3-1 lead entering the third period. A pair of takedowns for Penn State's Jon Gingrich in the final frame resulted in a 6-5 win, however, handing Chalfant just his second loss this season.

Loosing is not something that's easy to endure for someone like Joe LeBlanc. Four-time All-American Joe LeBlanc was hired as an assistant coach for the Indiana University wrestling program on April 19.

LeBlanc comes to Bloomington after a collegiate career at the University of Wyoming that left him as the greatest wrestler in school history.

"I have been a fan of Joe LeBlanc since I first saw him at the NCAA Championships during his freshman season," said Goldman. "His attitude and passion for the sport are evident in the way that he competes. His commitment to wrestling, academics and family make him a great fit for our staff and the goals of our program."

With 147 wins, LeBlanc became the winningest grappler to ever don a Wyoming singlet. Eighteen of those victories came at the NCAA Championships en route to four consecutive top-six finishes that vaulted him to the All-American stand.

"This is a great opportunity for me and my family," said LeBlanc. "The coaching staff at IU has a great reputation and I'm excited for the chance to work at a Big Ten institution. I expect great things moving forward and can't wait to be a part of something bigger than myself."

LeBlanc married his wife, Amanda (Gillan), on May 5, 2009; and has two sons, Tyson and Colby. Earned his Kinesiology and Health Promotion degree from Wyoming.

The Meeker, Colo., native capped off his collegiate career with a 34-3 mark as a senior. He lost just one bout during the regular season, earning the No. 1 seed at 184 pounds for the 2012 NCAA Championships. Overall, LeBlanc was 147-22 and the only four-time All-American in Cowboy history.