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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.

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. 

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 2015, attendance reached over 2,000 wrestlers with multiple locations and dates available. This year, over 2,500 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!



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Steve Farrell has over 11 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. 

Recently, Farrell moved to southern Iowa where he has been teaching Middle School and acting as the 7-12 Activities Director at East Union Community Schools while coaching for and promoting wrestling programs in Southern Iowa. 

Farrell started his coaching career in 2006 as an assistant coach in Goose Lake, Iowa at Northeast High School before moving into the head coaching position in 2010. As a head coach, 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. 

Farrell 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 from Morningside College.