Rising from the unforgiving badlands of South Dakota, Lincoln McIlravy has dominated the wrestling world with a resiliency worn by very few.
McIlravy’s reign spanned 5 state titles in high school and 3 national titles at the University of Iowa. Perhaps the most defining moment of his collegiate career was an improbable comeback victory to become just the second true freshman in wrestling history to win a national title, a testament to his inimitable resolve.
McIlravy achieved storied international success, winning multiple World Cup gold medals, attaining 2 consecutive medals at the World Wrestling Championships, and topping his athletic career with a bronze medal performance at the 2000 Sydney Games.
An inductee of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Lincoln McIlravy has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. His hardened fortitude represents the spirit of American Wrestling and truly is A WAY OF LIFE.
4x NCAA All-American (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997)
“There was never a time when I thought anything other than ‘I love this sport’” – Lincoln McIlravy
“When I was very young, I came up with the idea that I could be an Olympic champion. My Dad helped me believe that the things I was doing were the right things to do to become a State Champion. Having those people that support you and believe in you at the right time makes a big difference” – Lincoln McIlravy
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