Well i finally yanked this sucker off. You can see the method that finally worked. I took someones advice from this thread and kept applying a constant force without trying to really crank on it....after about 10 seconds it started to give but still gave quite a bit of resistance for at least 180 degrees of loosening!
Here is the filter after removal with wrench still screwed on.
here is the filter after removing the wrench. Thanks for everyone's input on this!!!