Note: This post is the second in a series of retrospectives that will examine the career highlights of some of the greatest college wrestlers in recent history and tell you where they are now.

Lincoln McIlravy is another Hawkeye wrestler that enjoyed an outstanding college career under the tutelage of head coach Dan Gable. Like fellow University of Iowa alum Ed Banach, McIlravy won three NCAA championships while in Iowa City, and then experienced post-collegiate success at the Olympic Games, taking home a bronze medal in 2000.

McIlravy’s wrestling talents were encouraged and developed from early childhood. Following in his brothers’ footsteps, he joined a local youth club at the age of five and continued with the sport     until eventually earning a roster spot on the Philip (SD) High School team in1988. Five years and five state titles later, McIlravy was headed to the University of Iowa.

The transition to elite college wrestling was seamless for the 142-pound freshman grappler. McIlravy posted a 22-2 record en route to his first NCAA individual title in 1993, and added matching trophies in1994 and 1997 (after an Olympic redshirt season in 1996). He was also part of three national championship teams.

Here are McIlravy’s career accomplishments at a glance:

  • Five South Dakota state high school championships (1988-92)
  • Career record of 96-3-12 at the University of Iowa
  • Third-best career winning percentage at the University of Iowa
  • Two undefeated college seasons (1994, ’97)
  • Four-time All-American selection (1993-95, ’97)
  • Three-time Big Ten champion (1994, ’95, ’97)
  • Three-time NCAA champion (1993, ’94, ’97)
  • Four-time U.S. Freestyle Nationals gold medalist (1997-2000)
  • U.S. Freestyle Nationals silver medalist (1996)
  • Three-time World Cup gold medalist (1998-2000)
  • World Championship bronze medalist (1998)
  • World Championship silver medalist (1999)
  • Olympic bronze medalist (2000)
  • University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame inductee (2008)
  • South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame inductee
  • National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee (2010)

After wrapping up his athletic career, McIlravy gave coaching a try. He worked briefly as an assistant for the University of Iowa before spending a year as resident coach for USA Wrestling.

Lincoln McIlravy now owns and operates several hotels in the Coralville, IA, area with wife Lisa and their four children.