Before they became stars with ROH, these five competitors were outstanding amateur wrestlers:
5. SHANE “HURRICANE” HELMS
He wasn’t a superhero yet, but Helms sure was a boy wonder on the mat. Wrestling for East Wake High School in Wendell, N.C., Helms set a school record for most pins and wins in a freshman season. He went on to compete in Amateur Athletic Union events and won a total of more than 20 gold medals in different styles.
Cody has been winning titles in pro wrestling for more than a decade, but he also was a champion wrestler in high school. The current ROH World Six-Man Team Champion, IWGP U.S. Champion and NWA Champion won state titles his junior and senior years at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga. He turned down an opportunity to wrestle at Penn State to pursue acting and pro wrestling.
3. JOSH WOODS
Woods’ background in amateur wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts helped him defeat more experienced pro wrestlers en route to winning the 2017 ROH Top Prospect Tournament. Wrestling for the University of Central Florida, “The Goods” was a multi-time All-American, winning a National Collegiate Wrestling Association national championship in 2011 and finishing as runner-up the following season.
2. DALTON CASTLE
It might be difficult to imagine the former ROH World Champion competing in a singlet rather than a flashy jumpsuit, but before becoming the flamboyant “Peacock” in ROH, he wrestled from middle school to college. After a standout wrestling career at Greece Athena High School in Rochester, N.Y., Castle won a New York State Intercollegiate Wrestling Championship while at SUNY Cortland.
1. JEFF COBB
The powerful Cobb, who has made a huge impact in ROH since bursting onto the scene a few months ago, represented Guam in the 2004 Olympics. He also was a two-time national qualifier while wrestling for Missouri Valley College. At John F. Kennedy High School in Guam, Cobb was a two-time island champion, won three Pacific area titles and was the Micronesian freestyle gold medalist.