Friday, 14 October 2011 00:00
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame announced to its nominating chapter Downstate NY/Friends of Long Island Wrestling, the acceptance of Howie Greenblatt for induction. The Induction Ceremony and dinner will be held at the Melville Marriott Hotel April 27, 2012. The chapter is located in Wantagh.
Howie Greenblatt began his wrestling career in the Deer Park youth program, where he won multiple state youth titles under the guidance of Hall of Fame coaches Ed Luksik and “Jumper” Leggio. He went on to wrestle for Luksik at Deer Park High School where he was a four-year starter on the varsity and finished third in the Suffolk County tournament.
Howie enrolled at Cortland State University and earned All-SUNYAC honors all four years. He finished second in the New York State championships and was a three-time qualifier for the Division 3 Nationals. After college he continued to compete and was a six-time medalist in the Empire State Games.
He began his coaching career in 1986 as the junior varsity coach at McArthur High School in Levittown. He took over as coach of the varsity in 1987 and began an astonishing career spanning three decades. Howie coached 41 Section VIII (Nassau County) champions, 99 county place winners, 22 New York State place winners and two state champions. Five of his wrestlers became high school All-Americans. Just has impressive were his teams’ accomplishments. The Generals won 17 conference titles, 17 section-qualifying titles and 7 Nassau County titles. His 2001 team was ranked No. 1 on Long Island and New York State. Many of Howie’s wrestlers went on to compete on the intercollegiate level, including the Ivy League and other Division 1 programs. Howie was honored as Nassau County Coach of the Year in both 2001 and 2003. His outstanding record as both a wrestler and coach have resulted in his well-deserved induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.