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Joseph Corbett
Joseph Corbett

Sport:
Wrestling (Inducted 1998)



1998 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Joseph S. Corbett was an outstanding wrestler at GW for four seasons ('79-82), compiling a stellar overall record of 126-18-4 during his Colonials career. In addition to winning eight individual tournament championships, he notched at 65-2-4 dual meet mark for a career sinning percentage of an astounding .970! He was undefeated in dual meet matches in '79-80 and '81-82 and was the team's MVP for four straight seasons. In 1982, he was also the first GW wrestler to be named the University's Outstanding Senior Athlete.

A "pioneering" member of the University's wrestling program from Mt. Holly, N.J., Corbett was the first "blue chip" wrestler to attend GW, having placed second in the prestigious New Jersey state championships as a high school junior at Rancocas Valley High School.

Corbett, who wrestled in the 150-pound weight class, was the first Colonials wrestler to win 100 matches in his career. He was an NCAA regional place winner for four straight seasons and in '82 earned a trip to the NCAA Championships at Ames, Ia. His presence in the GW lineup gave Coach Jim Rota's program immediate credibility and respect in the wrestling community.

Corbett is controller at Intelsat, a $3 billion Washington-based company which owns and operates 27 telecommunications satellites. Married and the father of three, he and his wife, the former Charlotte Garvey, an '81 GW graduate, reside in Potomac, Md., with their three children: Samuel, Jack and Grace.

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