•  2X IKWF State Champion
  • 4X AAU Kids Greco-Roman National Champion
  • Schoolboy World Championship- 2nd place
  • 4x IHSA State Qualifier (1984 - 1988)
  • 3x IHSA State Finalist
  • IHSA State Champion
  • Set record for most wins ever in 1988
  • Averaged over  50% pins during high school career
  • 3x High School Greco-Roman State Champion
  • 2x Most Outstanding Wrestler Greco State Championships
  • 3x High School Freestyle State Champion

 Sam Geraci - head coach


Sam Geraci is a bronze level certified coach and has been involved in wrestling both as a competitor and a coach for over 35 years. 
  • 1986 Olympic Festival Champion Greco-Roman
  • 2x Junior World team member Greco-Roman
  • 1x Junior World team member Freestyle
  • Junior Pan-Am Champion Greco-Roman
  • Junior National Champion Greco-Roman
  • Gorriaran Award winner-most falls least amount of time @ JR Greco Nationals
  • 1988 Oklahoma Classic Champion
  • Espoir National Champion
  • Olympic trials qualifier
  • Midlands semifinalist
  • NJCAA National Champion
  • IWCOA Hall of Fame Inductee 2014


Headlock Wrestling Academy is a training facility in the western suburbs oF Chicago created to provide elite instruction in Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco-Roman wresting. We train athletes who want to learn from a coach who has national as well as international wrestling experience.

Our mission is to teach not only moves and strategy, but to provide young athletes with tools they can use to achieve all of their goals in life. 

HWA is an IKWF chartered club  and is sanctioned through USA Wrestling, which is the same organization that governs our olympic wrestlers.