Class of 2022
Naperville (North)/University of Michigan
Eric Tannenbaum started his wrestling career at 8 years old with the Naperville Wrestling Club, and later competed for Jose Martinez in the Fox Valley Wrestling Club. He won 3 IKWF State Titles before moving onto high school, enrolling at Naperville North High School.
Wrestling for IWCOA Hall of Fame Head Coach Tom Arlis and Assistant Coach Tom Champion, Eric went undefeated his freshman year and won the 112 lb AA State Championship in 2000. He eventually captured 2 more IHSA State Titles in 2002 at 140 lbs, and in 2003 at 152 lbs to become a 3-time State Champion, and a 4 time State Finalist. He finished his Huskie career with a glittering 176-1 career record. Eric also became a 4-time National Freestyle Champion, as well as a 2-time National Greco Champion, under the tutelage of his club Coach, IWCOA Hall of Fame member Sean Bormet.
After graduating from Naperville North in 2003, Eric decided to continue his academic and his wrestling career at The University of Michigan. Wrestling for Coach Joe McFarland, Eric was a team captain, a two time Big Ten Champion, and four time All American and a national finalist for the Wolverines. He also became a 2-time World Team member, and compiled a 143-21 career record. He achieved all of this at the same time he was enrolled in the rigorous Michigan Pre-Med program.
After completing medical school and his residency, Dr. Tannenbaum served as a team physician for the University of Michigan football, wrestling and volleyball teams. He also served as a team physician for the Los Angeles Valley College football team, and has taken care of and treated multiple professional athletes. Currently Dr. Tannenbaum is an Orthopedic Surgeon for Southern Indiana Orthopedics.