In 2001, Josh graduated as one of Iowa's most prolific high school wrestlers. His career mark of 190-4 represented the single most wins for any individual in the history of the state, and his 114 career pins were also enough for the state's sixth best all-time. Ranked fourth nationally, Josh exited high school a much sought after wrestler by many colleges and universities. In 2001, Josh took a scholarship opportunity from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Unfortunately, serious knee problems and injuries prevented Josh from competing at the level to which he was accustomed. After two years at Northern Iowa, Josh transferred to Loras College where he was a two-year varsity letter winner. Since completing his career on the mat in 2005, Josh has made the move from wrestler to coach. From 2005-2007, Josh acted as assistant wrestling coach at Loras College under long-time Loras head coach Randy Steward. Learning behind such a successful coach allowed Josh to gain many insights into the various nuances of the world of coaching wrestlers.
A recurrent runner-up, Adam Wheeler finally broke through by defeating five-time reigning national champion Justin Ruiz in the final at the 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestling trials. Wheeler won the tightly-contested best-of-three final two matches to one, after winning three bouts earlier in the day just to meet Ruiz, a 2005 World Championships bronze medalist who earned a bye into the final. The Wheeler-Ruiz rivalry has many chapters dating back to 2004, but the 2008 Olympic Trials was the first time Wheeler came out on top at a major national tournament. He finished runner-up to Ruiz at Nationals in 2005, '06 and '07 and at the 2005 and 2007 World Team Trials. Other close calls for Wheeler were third at the 2008 Nationals, fourth at 2006 World Team Trials and fourth at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials.
2008 HS National Champ 2008 Junior National Champ 3x MI High School State Champion