Crystal Lake, IL- The wrestling family is a very special group. They are a congregation that is made up of all ages, from the very young grappler to the “seasoned” veteran. What binds this fellowship together is the absolute love of the sport, a devotedness that goes deep, strong and across many generations. Boys, girls, men and women all have a passion that is called Wrestling.
As I expand my awareness of this very cool yet somewhat misunderstood athletic pastime, I have been blessed to meet some quite incredible people. One of these is Jerry Kelly. Kelly is a legendary wrestling icon with a background that will blow you away.
Born into a rough and tumble but close knit family from the south side of Chicago, Jerry Kelly embodies what makes sports so great. From a young boxer to the world of wrestling, Kelly takes us on a interesting journey that travels from Oak Lawn Richards High School to Oklahoma State University to MacMurray College, with many exciting stories to tell.
Kelly achieved numerous accolades that included: IHSA All State wrestler to an NCAA All American and USA National champion. He also is an IWOC Hall of Fame inductee and the head coach/instructor/co-owner at ISI School of Wrestling in Crystal Lake and Plainfield.
Co-owner Jim Herff, who also is quite a wrestling buff himself, will open our feature and Coach Kelly will follow. Pull up a mat and relax because this is really great stuff. Here we go….
Jim Herff tells us about Jerry Kelly and ISI:
The Legend himself takes us down memory lane and what a trip!!:
Check out cool video from ISI/Wizards training center: