Joseph J. Mannix earned four letters in wrestling at GW between 1984-89. During a stellar mat career, Mannix was a starter for the Colonials in the 150- and 158-pound weight class, amassing 137 victories, second on the all-time GW win list. The total included multiple tournament championships, including four place-winning efforts at NCAA Eastern Regional tournaments and a trip to the 1989 NCAA Championships.
The Northport, N.Y., native served as team captain of his squads in 1986, '87 and '89. (He redshirted during the 1988 season because of an injury.) Qualifying for Nationals in '89, he was the team's MVP award winner that season, and in 1986 and '87 he was selected as the team's Outstanding Wrestler.
After graduation, Mannix pursued a successful music career, both with a band and as a solo artist. He performed in many venues both in the U.S. and abroad, and has released several CDs which have had great circulation and critical acclaim. Later he returned to college to prepare himself a future career as an educator. Mannix, and his wife, Debra Thompson, reside in East Northport, N.Y.