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Joel Allen is a dedicated teacher and coach at Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque, Iowa.  He is known for his high energy and positive approach to teaching and coaching. Allen strives to build strong relationships built on trust.  He is co-owner/founder of one of the largest team wrestling camps in the country.

In his latest coaching stint, Allen has resurrected the Wahlert Golden Eagles. In each of his first two years with Wahlert, they have broke the most dual wins in a season and qualified for Team Regionals. He has also increased participation in wrestling at Wahlert from 18 members to 34. In his first year, he began renovating and expanding the Wahlert’s wrestling facility. It currently houses over 5,000 sq. feet of mats and has been professionally designed, complete with graphics and records. In 2018, he led the Golden Eagles to an Iowa team State title with just 4 wrestlers at the tournament.

Allen wrestled for Loras College in Dubuque Iowa. There he was a member of a team that was ranked as high as 6th in the country. He wrestled in high school at St. Edmond in Ft. Dodge, Iowa. He has a Masters degree in Education from Morningside College. He and his wife Emily are parents to two future state champions, Declan and Tiarnan and a beautiful daughter name Sinead. 

Founded by two high school coaches, Iron Sharpens Iron Team Camps was created when Coaches Joel Allen and Steven Farrell were frustrated by overpriced University run camps available to their team.

Allen and Farrell endeavored to create a camp where economics wouldn’t keep wrestlers from the transformative experience team camps can offer. They wanted students everywhere to have the opportunity to grow both on and off the mat while enjoying and learning from the company of fellow students they likely would never meet otherwise. And most of all, have fun! Sharing this vision, they recruited the best technicians in the country and soon, ISI Team Camps was born.

A modest 192 wrestlers were in attendance of the first camp in 2010. News of ISI's superb reputation quickly spread and by 2019, attendance was around 3,000 wrestlers with multiple locations and dates available. This year, over 3,000+ wrestlers are expected to attend. Iron Sharpens Iron Team Camps will only continue to grow from there, both in attendance and the number of locations.  Check back for a location near you!



Steve Farrell has over 13 years of wrestling coaching experience at the club, middle school, and high school level. Farrell is an accomplished wrestling camp promoter and the co-owner/founder of one of the largest team wrestling camps in the nation called Iron Sharpens Iron Team Wrestling Camps.  As a head coach at Northeast HS, Farrell compiled 47 dual meet wins, broke 6 records in 3 years, and qualified for the first time in school history for the Iowa State Regional Duals. He also helped Northeast raise over $30,000 to renovate their wrestling room.

Recently as head coach the past 2 years of Lone Tree MS/HS & AAU Club, Farrell coached 16 IOWA HS/Iowa AAU state qualifiers, 6 IOWA AAU/Iowa Grade School place winners, 1 Iowa Grade School State Champion and 3 AAU national duals all-americans. He wrestled four years at Upper Iowa University. At Cedar Falls High School, Farrell qualified for the state wrestling tournament two years and placed one year in 2001. In 1998, Farrell was also a member of the Cedar Falls State Championship Team.

Farrell graduated with honors from Upper Iowa In 2006 with degrees in Physical Education, Wellness and Health. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Athletic Management. Farrell currently teaches High School and is the Head Wrestling Coach at Waterloo West High School. Coach Farrell lives in Waterloo with his wife Lexie and son Jeremiah.