- High School:
- St. Edward
ACADEMIC MAJOR: Business Management
BW ATHLETICS INFORMATION: Joe Belford competed in his third season of wrestling at Baldwin Wallace University in 2014-2015. He earned his third varsity letter.
GENERAL WRESTLING INFORMATION: As a freshman in 2012-2013, Joe competed in his first season of wrestling and earned his first varsity letter. He was the starting 285-pounder and compiled a 22-18 record with a team-leading 10 pins. He had 26 takedowns, 28 escapes, four reversals and four near falls. Joe had a 5-0 record and won an individual title at the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology Tournament.
As a sophomore in 2013-2014, Joe competed in his second season of wrestling and earned his second letter. He was the starting 285-pounder for the second straight season. He missed the first half of the season but returned after January 1, 2014 to compile an 11-8 record with eight pins. He also had nine takedowns, four escapes, one reversal and two total near falls. BW finished 8-3 overall in dual matches and 22nd at the 2014 NCAA Division III National Tournament.
As a junior in 2014-2015, Joe competed in his third season of wrestling and earned his third varsity letter. Joe split the starting duties at 285 pounds. He compiled a 13-11 record with 17 takedowns, 19 escapes, one reversal, one near fall and had seven pins. BW set a single-season school-record with 17 wins, finished 17-6 overall and 4-1 in OAC dual matches, won the 29th Annual John Summa Memorial Tournament, placed sixth at the NCAA Div. III Mideast Regional and 20th at the 2015 NCAA Div. III National Tournament.
HOMETOWN & HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION: Joe Belford grew up in Berea, Ohio and graduated from Lakewood St. Edward High School. He participated in four years of wrestling as well as two years of football.