Our USA wrestling certified instructors have a combined 95 years of coaching experience, including specialties in folkstyle, freestyle, youth, high school and collegiate wrestlers. Our staff includes:


Coach Joe Carr, Sr.comes from a family that is known throughout the country for wrestling.  The Carr family is the only family in NCAA history to have five brothers who are All-Americans. Coach Carr Sr. wrestled for the University of Kentucky and was a 3 time SEC Champion.  Coach Carr was the University of Kentucky first wrestling All-American. While wrestling at UK Joe finished third in the nation twice and had three consecutive undefeated seasons. After graduating from UK and wrestling internationally Coach Carr was the named as the assistant coach of wrestling for the University of Kentucky. After leaving UK Coach Carr began coaching at Woodford County High School.  Coach Carr coached at WCHS for thirty years and has won 14 state championships.  He has coached 56 individual state champions which is more than any other KHSAA school.  Under Coach Carr's leadership, the WCHS wrestling team championships span from 1972 to the most recent in 2006 where he coached 5 individual state champions. Some of Coach Carr's accolades include: 

  • 3x NCAA All-American
  • Silver Medalist Pan American games
  • 2x USA National Champion 
  • USA World Team Alternate 
  • Junior World Team Silver Medalist 


Coach Joseph Carr Jr. as an eighth grader, was the youngest state champion in the history of Kentucky High School wrestling.  He finished second at the state finals his freshman year and followed up with three consecutive state titles his sophomore, junior, and senior years.  Joseph graduated from Woodford County High School in 1997, with a career record of 242-7 losses.  The 242 wins were a national record from 1997-2004, and ranked second at the time of his induction into the Kentucky High School Hall of Fame in 2008.  

Coach Carr Jr. received a full athletic scholarship to West Virginia University.  He continued his success while attending WVU where he tied for the university's all time wins by a freshman in all weight classes.  In his sophomore year, he won the Eastern Western League championship; was second on the team in wins, and ranked as high as 7th nationally.  Carr totaled over 100 career wins at WVU and was a four time NCAA qualifier, two time Eastern Western League champion, and three time Eastern Western League finalist.  Carr has been coached by Nate Carr, an Olympic silver medalist and Zeke Jones an Olympic silver medalist and who was recognized as the most technical wrestler in the world.  

In April of 2008, Coach Carr Jr. was inducted into the Kentucky High School Hall of Fame.  He is only the second wrestler in Kentucky High School Athletic Association two one year history ever to be inducted. Coach Carr Jr. is married and has three children.  



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