Class of 2017

Niles (Notre Dame)

Patrick Manning wrestled for IWCOA Hall of Famers Jon Schaus and Augie Genovesi at Notre Dame High School in Niles, Illinois. While at Notre Dame, Manning was an Illinois High School Association state qualifier, a member of the Illinois Junior National Team in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling and wrestled in the Illinois/Japan Greco-Roman dual meet that was held at the 1983 Junior World Championships in Oak Lawn, Illinois. In 1999, Manning was inducted into the Notre Dame High School Athletic Wall of Fame.

Manning wrestled at St. John’s University in Minnesota where he started as a freshman and set the school record for most near fall points in a match. His record still stands today.

Manning began his coaching career working for IWCOA Hall of Famer Gary McMorrow at Prospect High School. Manning also spent time coaching at Grant, Morton, Downers Grove South and Lake Zurich High Schools working with the lower level and varsity programs. In 2000, Manning returned to his alma mater, Notre Dame High School, and helped his mentor, Augie Genovesi, lead the Dons to their first ever IHSA regional championship and a berth in the 2004 IHSA State Dual Meet Tournament. For his efforts, Manning was voted the IWCOA Assistant Coach of the Year and selected to help coach in the 2005 Illinois/Indiana Classic Dual Meet.

Manning was also a member of the Freestyle/Greco-Roman coaching staff for Team Illinois from 1989 to 2000. During this time, he was an assistant for the USA Junior National Tournament, the 1992 Warrensburg Cadet International Festival, the USA National Freestyle Duals in 1995, 1996 and 1997 and was the head coach for the 1998 and 1999 Freestyle teams. Manning also led three international wrestling tours as part of Team Illinois for USA Wrestling. In 1997, Manning and IWCOA Hall of Famers Mike Polz and Ed Ewoldt traveled to Japan where Team Illinois went undefeated in dual meet competition. Manning also served as a host for the Japanese Junior National Team when they toured the United States in 1998. In 2000, Manning led a team to Spain where Illinois won the Federacion de Lucha Murcia tournament. 2001 saw Manning travel to Bulgaria and France to compete and train as a representative of the United States.

During this same time period, Manning also served as a USA wrestling official. He officiated the 1989, 1995, 1996 and 1997 USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Junior National Duals. Manning was also an attendee at the first ever USA Wrestling Coaches College at the University of Oklahoma and was invited to the Bronze Instructors School held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Manning currently coaches wrestling at Maine South High School and is also a varsity assistant football coach for teams that have won IHSA State Championships in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016.